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July 2, 2014

9 states join Murray Energy lawsuit against EPA rulemaking

Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-02 06:41:49

Nine states have joined to support Murray Energy Corp.’s litigation against U.S. EPA’s rulemaking to control greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Filed last month in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Murray’s complaint accuses EPA of running afoul of the Clean Air Act’s plain language. “The ‘specific prohibition’ against EPA’s proposed rule is in the very statutory provision the agency cites as its authority,” says the brief from Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy set to skyrocket globally, study says, but coal backers push back

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-02 06:42:08

Global adoption of renewable energy shows no signs of slowing over the next 15 years, with nearly two-thirds of an expected $7.7 trillion in new investment going toward non-fossil power generation, according to new projections by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In particular, major additions of solar and wind energy will continue to displace coal as a primary source of power generation across many of the world’s largest economies, while shale gas will remain a key factor in U.S. energy markets at least through 2024, BNEF said in the latest “2030 Market Outlook,” released this morning. [ read more … ]

DOE’s $150M loan guarantee to push Cape Wind to finish line

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-02 06:42:23

The Energy Department today announced a $150 million conditional loan guarantee for the Cape Wind project, a strong signal that the almost 15-year quest to build the first commercial offshore wind farm may soon cross the finish line. “The Department’s loan guarantees have assisted the launch of new industries in the U.S., and today’s announcement of a conditional commitment to the Cape Wind project demonstrates our intent to help build a strong U.S. offshore wind industry,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement. The project would generate 360 megawatts of electricity — a tiny step toward the White House goal to deploy 54 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. [ read more … ]

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