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August 5, 2013

Growth of wind power hampered by old Midwest grid

By Trevor Graff — Bee Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-08-05 11:56:08

“There hasn’t been a lot of investment in the grid for the last two decades,” said Michael Goggin, a senior analyst at the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group. “We just don’t have a strong grid that’s built out in the parts of the country where there are a lot of wind resources.” The transmission grid was built a generation ago for coal, nuclear and hydropower plants without renewable energy in mind. It makes transmission from wind farms in rural areas difficult and costly. [ read more … ]

Republican former heads of EPA publicly support Obama’s action plan

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-05 11:56:30

As Capitol Hill Republicans prepare to make the case to their constituents over the August recess that President Obama’s Climate Action Plan will ruin the U.S. economy, four former U.S. EPA administrators from their party wrote in an editorial today that the plan would “ensure a strong economy along with a livable climate.” Former Administrators William Ruckelshaus, Lee Thomas, William Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman — who all served under Republican presidents — praised Obama in a New York Times op-ed piece for directing their former agency to regulate carbon dioxide from new and existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

House Dems float proposals for energy reform

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-05 11:56:49

Several House Democrats yesterday introduced legislation outlining ideas for energy tax reform, including ending tax incentives for oil companies and providing breaks for certain clean energy technologies. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) introduced the oil bill, H.R. 2956, which he said would raise about $2.4 billion per year. The bill would eliminate a variety of tax breaks — such as the intangible drilling costs deduction and section 199 domestic manufacturing deduction — for the five largest oil companies. It emerged from a competition he held among constituents to suggest ways to save the government money. [ read more … ]

Rate of climate change underway 10 to 100 times faster than anything in 65M years — research

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-05 11:57:05

The climate is changing at a pace that’s far faster than anything seen in 65 million years, a report out of Stanford University says. The amount of global temperature increase and the short time over which it’s occurred create a change in velocity that outstrips previous periods of warming or cooling, the scientists said in research published in today’s Science. [ read more … ]

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