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April 25, 2014

More Americans favor power plant rules than oppose them — survey

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporte  •    •  Posted 2014-04-25 06:40:51

More Americans support U.S. EPA regulation of coal-fired power plant carbon than oppose it, according to survey results released today by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University. Out of 1,013 adults surveyed, 64 percent favored “strict” power plant rules, even when they were told “the cost of electricity to consumers and companies will likely increase.” Support for the rules among Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents was stronger (80 percent) than opposition among Republicans (56 percent), and independents were evenly split at 50 percent. [ read more … ]

Apple, Google race to reduce greenhouse gas footprints

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-25 06:41:10

Technology giants Apple Inc. and Google Inc., marked this year’s Earth Day by applying new polish to their clean energy credentials and, in the case of Apple, sending a clear signal to its customers and the public that the company is working hard to become one of the world’s most eco-friendly brands. In what may be her highest-profile acts since joining Apple as vice president of environmental initiatives almost a year ago, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson gave a series of media interviews this week and posted a five-paragraph letter on Apple’s revamped environmental website detailing the company’s continued path toward environmental sustainability. Yet, she acknowledged more work needs to be done. [ read more … ]

Conservation groups urge Interior chief to craft national siting plan

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-25 06:41:32

Conservation groups have formally asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to develop a national plan for siting commercial-scale wind-power plants in locations that cause the least amount of impacts to birds, bats and other sensitive wildlife. The coalition of more than 70 groups — including the American Bird Conservancy, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the Trust for Public Land and WildEarth Guardians — sent a four-page letter to Jewell arguing that a detailed plan is needed to highlight areas best suited for large-scale wind development and, perhaps more importantly, to identify areas where such development would cause too many natural resource conflicts. [ read more … ]

Developer to file court appeal after NJ rejects offshore wind farm proposal

By Alexi Friedman, The Newark Star-Ledger  •    •  Posted 2014-04-25 06:42:04

An executive for the coalition of investors trying to build the country’s first offshore wind farm today said it will appeal a decision by New Jersey regulators to reject the $188 million project. “We plan to play out the process and file an appeal,” said Paul Gallagher, chief operating officer of Fishermen’s Energy, which first proposed the 25-megawatt wind farm off the Atlantic City coast in 2011. On Wednesday, the state Board of Public Utilities refused to reconsider its March 19 decision rejecting the plan. At that hearing, board members said they supported offshore wind energy but maintained the plan relies too heavily on unsecured federal grants, leaving ratepayers on the hook for millions of dollars. [ read more … ]

Exelon’s Von Hoene discusses impact of wind energy incentives on nuclear’s competitiveness

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-04-25 06:42:22

As the nuclear power industry struggles to remain competitive in electric power markets in the United States, how could a shift in energy policy framework affect the industry’s future? During today’s OnPoint, William Von Hoene Jr., senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon Corp., the largest nuclear provider in the U.S., discusses the market and policy factors having the greatest impact on nuclear’s role in the electricity sector. He also discusses the future of Exelon’s business model. [ read more … ]

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