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March 19, 2020

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The World’s Biggest Emitter of Greenhouse Gases

By Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:38:09

In a modest house on a dirt street in Embalenhle, South Africa, Dzimadzi Masilela sits in her living room and weeps. On the wall behind her is a picture of her only son, Liwa, dead at 44 after a lifetime of respiratory disease. Next door lives Rose Masondo, whose granddaughter, Mainita, died from asthma at just 10 years old. Their lives played out in the shadow of Secunda, a vast coal-to-fuels and chemicals plant run by Sasol Ltd. that South African and international groups say is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases from a single site. [ read more … ]

Solar

He Set Up a Big Solar Farm. His Neighbors Hated It.

By Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:37:13

Neighbors used to wave to Timothy Masters whenever he stood outside his cherry-red barn, trading hellos across his corn and soybean fields in this small town about 10 miles north of Niagara Falls. That ended about a year ago, when a field of solar panels was deposited on 18 acres of Mr. Masters’s land. [ read more … ]

Coronavirus

Where the Virus and Climate Intersect

By Brad Plumer and John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:37:44

The nation’s major airlines recently asked for $50 billion in government assistance, warning that they could soon go bankrupt otherwise. President Trump has endorsed such an aid package, though the idea may prove contentious. On Wednesday, eight Senate Democrats signed a letter saying that any aid to airlines (or cruise ships, for that matter) should come with conditions requiring them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over time. [ read more … ]

House Democrats Push for Renewable Energy Tax Credits in Coronavirus Stimulus

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:36:12

As lawmakers continue to hammer out legislation to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats are looking to insert renewable energy tax credit provisions into a larger stimulus package aimed at stabilizing the economy.  The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition co-chairs said in a joint statement to Morning Consult that they have an eye toward addressing “both the economic slowdown we are facing as a result of COVID-19 and the ongoing climate crisis” with these measures.
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FERC

FERC orders combating state lean energy policies “not political”

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:36:52

Chatterjee dismissed critics who say FERC’s recent proposed orders targeting state-issued clean energy subsidies are intended to boost the fortune of fossil fuels. “This was not political,” Chatterjee said. “This was not about favoring one fuel source over another. This was about subsidies and trying to ensure appropriate price signals in our markets that are being dictated by state policy actions.”  [ read more … ]

States

A red state template for 100% renewables? Utah bill unites Rocky Mountain Power, cities and activists

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-18 15:39:01

Utah has done what some thought impossible — getting approval from an 80% Republican legislature to move more than one-third of the state’s population to 100% renewables by 2030. House Bill 411 was shaped through unprecedented collaboration between Pacificorp subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) —  the state’s Warren Buffett-owned electric utility — and clean energy activists. It will allow nearly 37% of the state’s energy load to choose a jointly-designed 100% renewables program that will meet customer demand for choice and allow utilities to replace coal generation with lower cost renewables. [ read more … ]

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