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June 24, 2013

Obama to lay out ambitious global warming plan

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-24 11:47:04

President Obama is set to provide details tomorrow of how he plans to deliver on his second-term promise of tackling man-made climate change. Obama announced in a video this weekend that he will lay out his climate agenda in a speech at Georgetown University and that it will seek to “reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it.” [ read more … ]

Wind energy project blows away record

Tim Gallagher, Business Journal, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-06-24 11:47:22

A gust of economic development dollars may be blowing into Northwest Iowa, thanks to MidAmerican Energy Co.’s plan to add 656 new wind turbines in the state. Iowa’s largest utility on May 8 announced the $1.9 billion initiative, which represents the largest economic development investment in state history [ read more … ]

Key judge’s take on clean-power mandates sparks legal debate

Hannah Northey and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-06-24 11:47:42

An influential federal judge splashed fuel last week on an already-raging argument over states’ clean energy mandates in a ruling that questioned the constitutionality of Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard. Writing for a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Posner — seen by many as the most important conservative jurist outside the Supreme Court — said that by banning out-of-state renewables from counting toward its renewable portfolio standard, Michigan’s law “trips over an insurmountable constitutional objection.” “Michigan cannot, without violating the commerce clause,” he went on, “discriminate against out-of-state renewable energy.” [ read more … ]

Houston to buy half its electricity from clean sources

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-06-24 11:47:59

Houston will buy half its energy from renewable sources, making it the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the United States, according to U.S. EPA. The city agreed to purchase 140 megawatts of renewable power from Reliant Energy between July 1 and June 30, 2015. The city will pay $2 million for what is estimated to be half its annual electricity demand. [ read more … ]

Baldwin joins Energy and Natural Resources Committee

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-24 11:48:15

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) became the newest member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Baldwin was appointed today to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). Coons left the committee to take the spot on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee left open by the death earlier this month of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) [ read more … ]

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