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July 29, 2014

Energy activists swarm Atlanta for EPA power plant rule hearings

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 18:25:43

More than 1,000 clean-air advocates are en route to Atlanta. Those against U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rules for existing power plants will be there in full force, too. [ read more … ]

Capitol Hill takes on warming as EPA preps for listening sessions

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 18:27:02

U.S. EPA won’t be alone in holding climate change hearings this week. Three congressional committees will also mull the issue, which has been characterized as both the gravest challenge facing future generations and — in the words of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) — “the greatest hoax ever to be perpetrated on the American people.” [ read more … ]

Xcel CEO charts steady course to less-intensive carbon future

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 18:26:05

Xcel Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ben Fowke may have found the sweet spot as the leader of one of the nation’s largest utility holding companies. It’s not that his four regulated utilities with operations in eight states aren’t challenged by the multiple trends shaking up the electricity industry across the U.S. They certainly are. [ read more … ]

Could Calif. run on 100% renewables? Some researchers think so

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 18:26:23

Among all the states that have mandated renewable energy targets, California leads the pack. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act — signed into law by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2006 — the state must receive 33 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 and lower its emissions by 80 percent, relative to 1990 levels, by 2050. [ read more … ]

House seeks FERC fact check on grid reliability under EPA proposed carbon rule

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 18:26:40

“Safe, reliable and affordable” is the mantra of the regulators and utilities of the nation’s electricity grid that is at the heart of the U.S. economy. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power is turning to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for answers in a hearing tomorrow as to whether U.S. electricity will still be safe, reliable and affordable if the recently proposed U.S. EPA regulations on carbon emissions at existing power plants are enacted. [ read more … ]

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