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July 29, 2013

Md. governor calls for more ambitious state renewable energy standard

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-29 11:55:45

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley released one of the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction plans in the country yesterday, calling for an increase in the state renewable standard and a boost to clean car and “zero waste” initiatives. “Climate disruption is real. It is not an ideological issue any more than gravity is,” said O’Malley, who will leave office in 2015 because of term limits. The revised plan was necessary, he said, since existing policies leave the state short in its goals and able to cut emissions by roughly 18 percent by 2020. The blueprint calls for the state renewable standard to be raised to 25 percent renewable power by 2020, up from 20 percent by 2022. It also calls for carbon-emitting “black liquor” — a byproduct of producing paper — to be removed as an eligible fuel source under the standard.
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FERC snubbing states under Order 1000 — NARUC

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-29 11:56:02

A federal effort to revamp the way the grid is planned and paid for could encroach on states’ rights to oversee the electric grid, a group of state commissioners warned this week.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners took aim at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s implementation of a far-reaching new rule, Order 1000, which overhauls the process for planning and allocating the cost for new transmission projects. [ read more … ]

Carbon price unlikely to pass Congress but necessary to drive clean technology, experts say

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-29 11:56:18

Pricing carbon may be the single most important thing the government can do to drive clean technology and is a necessary but not sufficient condition for mitigating climate change, according to experts. Many of the emerging systems that curb greenhouse gas emissions and displace fossil fuels show promise in the laboratory and at small scales but are too expensive for prime time. Attaching a price tag to carbon dioxide emanating from fossil fuels would go a long way toward closing the gap. [ read more … ]

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