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March 13, 2014

House Republicans fill McCarthy’s in-box with criticism of power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-13 07:01:31

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans yesterday intensified their demand for more information about the basis for U.S. EPA’s proposed mandate that all future coal-fired power plants use partial carbon capture and storage to limit heat-trapping emissions. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, six GOP committee leaders again charged that September’s new power plant proposal for carbon may overstep EPA’s statutory authority. They asked for more details about how the agency arrived at its decision that partial C [ read more … ]

Vestas passes GE to regain title as biggest wind turbine maker

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-03-13 07:01:51

Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S is once again the undisputed top turbine manufacturer in the world, according to a report by Make Consulting. The Danish company had 13.2 percent of the market share in 2013, down from 14.6 percent the year before, Make said. General Electric Co., which some studies had listed as having surpassed Vestas in 2012, fell to No. 6 with a market share of 4.9 percent from 13.7 percent a year earlier.
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Landrieu announces Energy Committee senior staff

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-13 07:02:11

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has named Louisiana native Elizabeth Craddock as her committee staff director. Landrieu also announced that her personal staffers Caroline Bruckner and David Gillers will serve in senior roles alongside longtime ENR aides Sam Fowler, David Brooks and Daniel Adamson. Craddock, who has served in Landrieu’s office since 2006, replaces Joshua Sheinkman, who followed former committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to his new chairmanship on the Finance Committee. [ read more … ]

Renewables Could Meet Nearly a Third of Michigan’s Energy Needs

Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted 2014-03-13 07:02:28

Michigan can meet nearly a third of its electricity needs by tripling power produced from in-state renewable energy sources by 2030 at virtually no additional cost to consumers, all while maintaining reliability and spurring billions of dollars of investment in the state, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report released today. By continuing to ramp up renewables at the same growth rate as the current renewable energy standard (RES) —1.5 percent per year—Michigan could boost its in-state renewable energy production to 32.5 percent in 2030. Such a move would cut power plant carbon emissions and lower the state’s exposure to the economic, health, and environmental risks of over-relying on coal or natural gas.
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N.Y. power plants pay record-high price for greenhouse gas credits

By Brian Nearing, Albany Times Union  •    •  Posted 2014-03-13 07:02:44

Power plants in New York must pay an all-time-high price to emit greenhouse gases under the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI — which began in 2009 under former Republican Gov. George Pataki — is the country’s first state-level greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, requiring power plants to purchase state-issued permits to emit carbon dioxide. A credit auction last week was the first since the states decreased the amount of available credits by 45 percent, beginning this year. The price for a credit — which allows the release of 1 ton of greenhouse gas — increased to $4. [ read more … ]

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