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February 14, 2020

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‘We Knew They Had Cooked the Books’

By Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:30:39

“Oh my God,” Alson said upon seeing the numbers. The other EPA engineers in the room gasped and started to point out other shocking claims on Tamm’s slide. It seemed as if every estimated cost had ballooned, while every estimated benefit had shrunk. Something in the study had gone deeply wrong.SAFE isn’t actually safe—and the Trump administration based its rollback on flawed math. Extensive interviews with key participants and a review of emails and documents reveal how this happened: The Trump administration kept the government’s top tailpipe-pollution experts from working on the tailpipe-pollution rule. For two years, rival bureaucrats at NHTSA and overworked Trump political appointees stonewalled the EPA team, blocked it from learning of the rollback, and prevented it from seeing analysis of the new rule. When the EPA engineers finally saw the flawed study and identified some of its worst errors, the same Trump officials ignored them. [ read more … ]

Wind

The Vineyard Wind project is getting delayed — again

By Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:30:20

The planned offshore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard has hit yet another setback. After receiving notice that federal officials won’t decide on a key permit until more than 16 months later than expected, Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen says the project — originally slated to be operational next year — isn’t expected to produce power until sometime beyond 2022. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind: What are Trump’s ‘true intentions’?

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:33:12

The Business Network for Offshore Wind later called the move an encouraging sign that the White House values the offshore wind sector. But President Trump in a speech Monday in New Hampshire repeated his belief that “windmills” kill too many birds. “There is almost never a unified voice coming from the administration,” said Anthony Logan, senior wind analyst at Wood Mackenzie.

The “true intentions” of the administration, he added, remain murky [ read more … ]

FERC

Renominated

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:32:02

Six weeks after his nomination first lapsed, the White House on Wednesday renominated James Danly to fill an open seat at FERC, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . Danly, FERC’s general counsel, cleared the Senate Energy Committee last year before his nomination stalled at the start of the new year. Danly’s nomination once again came without a Democratic pairing, after Democrats had pressed the White House to nominate Allison Clements — a former NRDC energy official who is their pick for Cheryl LaFleur’s vacant seat — alongside Danly to keep with a decades-long FERC tradition of pairing partisan nominees. [ read more … ]

Glick pushes back on Chatterjee capacity comments

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:32:20

Democratic FERC Commissioner Richard Glick on Wednesday pushed back on Chatterjee’s earlier prediction that states will not leave the PJM capacity market after FERC moved to block subsidized nuclear and renewable energy from it. Chatterjee said Tuesday he thinks states will still “see value” in the capacity market, but Glick said he doesn’t “have the same ability … to read the minds of state commissioners.” [ read more … ]

Legal feuds await FERC fossil fuel lifeline

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:31:14

Settle in for a drawn-out legal battle over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s new plan for energy resource participation in the biggest electricity market in the country. Legal experts say potential lawsuits targeting FERC’s recent “minimum offer price rule,” or MOPR, for the PJM Interconnection capacity market will take awhile to get off the ground. FERC’s commissioners have yet to say whether they will agree to a rehearing requested by dozens of state officials, environmental groups and some trade associations, and the agency could use tolling orders to further delay the process. [ read more … ]

Climate

A Trillion Trees: How One Idea Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:32:37

People warned Marc Benioff, the billionaire chief executive of Salesforce, not to bother talking to the White House about global warming. But Mr. Benioff, a tech mogul and environmental philanthropist, felt sure he had found a climate change solution that even President Trump could love: Planting trees. Never mind that the idea came from former Vice President Al Gore, who has demanded Mr. Trump’s resignation over his energy policies. Never mind that Mr. Trump has begun the yearlong process of withdrawing America from the Paris Agreement on climate change, mocked Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, and worked to eliminate every regulation aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. [ read more … ]

Conservative groups at odds with new House GOP climate change proposals

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:31:38

House Republicans call their plan for tackling climate change “realistic.” Right-wing think tanks call it a “Green New Deal Lite.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other top House Republicans find themselves at odds with a series of conservative lobbying groups in Washington over what to do about rising global temperatures. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Bill to penalize utilities for renewable energy returns to Wyoming Legislature

By Casper Tribune  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:33:53

Wyoming lawmakers proposed a bill this week that could penalize utility companies for using renewable energy sources to supply electricity to ratepayers. Sponsored by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate File 125 would require energy utilities to provide a vast majority, 95 percent, of their electricity from a restricted list of energy sources by 2021. Eligible generating sources include coal, oil and natural gas — the state’s primary economic engines. By 2022, utilities would be required to procure 100 percent of their electricity from the list of sources. [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats seek committee action on energy tax proposals

By Naomi Jagoda, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-02-13 16:34:19

A group of Senate Democrats on Tuesday urged Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to schedule committee action on energy tax proposals, in an effort to help address climate change. “It is critical that the Committee move to address these issues in a timely manner, along with much needed policy changes to combat the damage and growing dangers caused by global climate change,” the senators wrote in a letter to Grassley. [ read more … ]

 

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