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May 22, 2014

Ohio poised to loosen renewable energy standards in nationwide first

Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2014-05-22 07:09:56

Ohio could become the first state to soften standards for utilities’ energy efficiency and renewable energy use if a fast-tracked bill passes the House this week as expected. The state’s Senate Bill 310 would repeal requirements for power providers to source half their renewable energy in-state and would freeze annual increases in alternative energy integration for two years. [ read more … ]

Democrat moves to revive carbon tax as option for upcoming EPA rules

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-22 07:10:15

One House Democrat yesterday floated draft legislation that would allow states to implement a carbon tax to comply with U.S. EPA’s forthcoming rule for existing power plant CO2. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) proposed giving states the option of implementing a state-level excise tax on the greenhouse gas emissions from regulated existing generation as a means of satisfying the rule EPA will propose next month under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. He is soliciting feedback on his draft. [ read more … ]

When will smart meters’ day come?

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-22 07:10:33

When the Obama administration seeded smart grid and advanced meter deployments in 2009 with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, proponents hoped the meters would be linked with new “time of use” electricity rates and household displays that would dramatically demonstrate the high wholesale cost of peak, midday power, prompting customers to conserve electricity at those times.
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Wash. governor set to use executive authority to enact clean fuels program

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-22 07:09:29

On the heels of an executive order that jump-starts efforts to address climate change, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signaled he is willing to take further executive action to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. Appearing on a recent Seattle-based television show, Inslee said he is willing to use executive authority to implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The program would mandate that fuel producers reduce the carbon intensity of their fuel mix over time to clean up the transportation sector, which accounts for roughly 44 percent of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. “It is clear that it is both my role and my responsibility to act where legislators fail, and there’s been so far an abject failure to do any action to really deal with carbon pollution,” he said. [ read more … ]

Virgin Islands builds renewable portfolio with new payment system

Jenny Mandel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-22 07:10:50

Renewable energy use can look like a no-brainer for sunny, windy island nations that face high conventional power prices, but the reality of renewable installations can be fraught with challenges linked to the small size of such power systems and barriers involved with linking them to the power grid. The government of the Virgin Islands this week took steps to tackle some of those issues with the passage of a new Feed-In Tariff Act designed to encourage the construction of small to midsize renewable energy installations that would integrate with its diesel-based electric infrastructure. [ read more … ]

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