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December 5, 2013

Obama to order feds to nearly triple renewable power use by 2020

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-12-05 06:08:58

Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020. Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs. [ read more … ]

ALEC drafting model resolutions that target carbon rules, solar

Hannah Northey and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-12-05 06:13:39

A right-leaning group of state legislators is targeting U.S. EPA’s forthcoming rules for power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions and backing utilities’ call for users of rooftop solar panels to pay for using the electric grid, during a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) gathering started yesterday with a closed-door discussion of a draft resolution the group hopes to put before legislatures, aimed at decrying EPA emission curbs for new and existing power plants. [ read more … ]

Sutley’s exit from CEQ leaves Obama with unfinished carbon plan

Evan Lehmann and Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-12-05 06:09:52

The last of President Obama’s top-level climate advisers is exiting the administration, leaving the gritty work of implementing — and defending — his plan to cut carbon emissions to elevated holdouts. In Nancy Sutley, the president had a low-key aide who worked at softer decibels than higher-profile agents like Heather Zichal, the former climate confidante who departed last month, and Lisa Jackson, who left as head of U.S. EPA in February. [ read more … ]

FWS considering eagle take permit for massive proposed Wyo. wind farm

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-12-05 06:09:32

The Obama administration announced today that it would consider allowing a company that wants to build one of the world’s largest wind farms in southeast Wyoming to harm or injure eagles during the 30-year life of the project. [ read more … ]

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