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February 17, 2014

States with greater ‘wind penetration’ see lower electricity rates — analysis

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-17 06:58:27

Electricity customers in states with significant wind energy penetration have seen their power bills drop by 0.37 percent over the last five years, while states where utilities provide less wind energy as a percentage of total generation have seen rates rise by more than 7 percent over the same period, a new analysis by the American Wind Energy Association shows. [ read more … ]

Kansas House takes up measure to oppose Obama’s climate change plan

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-02-17 06:58:53

A Kansas House committee is weighing a resolution that urges Congress to resist following President Barack Obama’s plan for addressing climate change The nonbinding resolution is before the House Energy and Environment Committee. It declares that the federal goals for addressing climate change are based on false assumptions about the role of carbon dioxide and human activity. [ read more … ]

2 veteran Supreme Court lawyers will argue for industry, states in EPA emissions case

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-17 06:59:09

Two lawyers who have already argued one major Supreme Court environmental case this term will return to the high court later this month in a landmark case challenging U.S. EPA’s program for cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions to address global warming. Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin LLP will argue on behalf of industry groups that contend EPA overreached when it required stationary sources to obtain Prevention of Significant Deterioration, or PSD, permits for greenhouse gases before beginning construction. And Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell will represent states that have also asked the court to overturn EPA’s regulations.
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Democrats plan all-night talkfest on Senate floor

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-17 06:59:28

Senate Democrats plan to pull an all-nighter on the Senate floor next month to highlight the need for climate action. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) announced the plan earlier this week on a call with activists from Organizing for Action, a nonprofit created to promote President Obama’s priorities. The purpose of the nocturnal talkathon is “to break the pattern of the Senate and show the interest of at least 20 senators who will be participating through the night,” Whitehouse said. He invited OFA members to support the event with online petitions. [ read more … ]

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