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February 5, 2014

E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-02-05 07:03:32

n marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy. If the authors succeed in writing a lawsuit-proof regulation that is effective in cutting carbon emissions from America’s 1,500 power plants — the largest source of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution — the result could be the most significant action taken by the United States to curb climate change. [ read more … ]

ConEd floats big boosts in incentives for energy storage

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-05 07:04:11

ConEd said it will increase the incentive for office buildings in the city to build in new energy storage options. A thermal storage device, for instance, would receive a $2,600-per-kilowatt credit for on-peak summer demand reduction, up from $600/kW under the current structure. Battery storage would be eligible for a $2,100/kW incentive, also up from $600/kW. The incentives will be capped at 50 percent of a project’s cost. [ read more … ]

Rocky Mountain Power applies for rules change amid dispute

By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune staff writer, Casper Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2014-02-05 07:04:29

Under the different contract, the company would offer producers like Wasatch two prices, a higher price where new transmission lines are built and a lower one where new lines are not constructed. The proposal comes down to two factors: federal law and transmission capacity. [ read more … ]

Wind installations drop in Europe as nations slash subsidies

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-05 07:04:47

Wind power installations fell 8 percent last year in the European Union as new activity dropped considerably in Spain, Italy and France, the European Wind Energy Association said yesterday. But the technology increased its presence as a percentage of total installations, as a majority of new power capacity coming online was renewable [ read more … ]

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