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July 17, 2014

EPA’s proposed rule doesn’t faze some Texas providers

Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune  •    •  Posted 2014-07-17 06:51:03

Despite Texas lawmakers’ ire at the Obama administration’s proposed carbon rule, some utilities — particularly municipal providers — say they are already on their way to meeting U.S. EPA targets to reduce emissions from existing power plants. Under EPA’s proposal, Texas power plants could have to reduce their emissions by up to 195 billion pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 18 years. [ read more … ]

Microsoft is latest tech giant to buy Midwest renewable energy

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-17 06:51:41

Microsoft Corp. yesterday announced an agreement to buy 175 megawatts of wind energy from an Illinois project south of Chicago to power its data center in the city. The agreement is the latest in a string of contracts between renewable energy developers and technology giants looking to take advantage of relatively inexpensive wind power from the Plains. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will buy output from the Pilot Hill wind farm in Kankakee and Iroquois counties in Illinois under a 20-year power purchase agreement with EDF Renewable Energy Inc. EDF is purchasing a 96 percent stake in the Illinois farm from Orion Energy Group LLC and Vision Energy LLC. Specific terms weren’t disclosed. [ read more … ]

Concerned Scientists’ Kimmell discusses flexibility, compliance challenges to EPA carbon rule

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-07-17 06:52:19

As states, industry and other stakeholders prepare their public comments to U.S. EPA on the agency’s proposed existing power plant regulations, how much flexibility has been built into the rule and how much power do states have to either make or break the regulations? During today’s OnPoint, Kenneth Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, discusses the challenges to linking state and federal goals on energy and environment agendas and the role regional trading systems should play in helping states comply with the rule. [ read more … ]

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