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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 9, 2014

Industry group asks for more time to vet EPA power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-09 06:22:39

has already allotted more time than usual for public input on its bid to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions, but one industry group wants an even longer public comment period. The Electric Reliability Coordinating Council yesterday asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter for an additional 60 days of public comment time beyond the 120 days the agency has already provided. [ read more … ]

Christie administration is pulling N.J. away — again — from regional cap and trade

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-09 06:22:59

Gov. Chris Christie (R) may have fallen out of love with cap and trade years ago, but his state is still struggling to complete the divorce papers. New Jersey has been trying to extricate itself from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — a cap-and-trade system spanning nine states in the Northeast — since 2011, when Christie first suspended participation in the program. But his administration had to restart the separation process this year after the state Superior Court ruled that it had provided insufficient opportunity for public participation. [ read more … ]

E.U. offshore wind targets look iffy as France and Germany fall behind

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-07-09 06:23:18

Offshore wind is the key to the European Union’s commitment to a legally binding target to meet 20 percent of its energy consumption through renewable energy by 2020. Under plans submitted by E.U. member states, as much as 43.3 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity is supposed to be deployed by 2020. But the pace of installation is falling well behind this ambitious target — roughly the equivalent of 40 large electric generating plants. The gap is 14 percent at the moment, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), with France and Germany, in particular, significantly behind. [ read more … ]

BBC journalists to receive training for overly balanced science reporting

Sarah Knapton, London Telegraph  •    •  Posted 2014-07-09 06:23:36

Following the publication of a progress report about the BBC’s science coverage, journalists within the company are being required to attend seminars designed to prevent “undue attention to marginal opinion” and “over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality” within scientific topics. [ read more … ]

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