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July 31, 2014

Witnesses rumble over EPA power rule’s consequences

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-31 06:49:08

A House panel today tussled over whether U.S. EPA’s premier greenhouse gas rule is an illegal effort by the Obama administration to reshape the electric power system or a stimulus for new industries.Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who heads a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee, blasted the existing power plant proposal as a bid by EPA to “take control of our nation’s electric system without any legal or scientific justification.” “The rule has the potential to shut down power plants across the nation, raise energy prices and threaten energy security,” she said. [ read more … ]

Stanford researchers claim major breakthrough in lithium battery design

Henry Gass, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-31 06:49:30

A team of Stanford University researchers, including former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, believes it has achieved the “holy grail” of lithium battery design: an anode of pure lithium that could boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most common types of rechargeable batteries on the market today. But most of the batteries — found in technologies like smartphones and electric cars — use an anode made of graphite or silicon. [ read more … ]

Germany gets more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2014-07-31 06:49:48

Germany is now getting 28.5 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, said the utility lobby BDEW. According to the lobby’s preliminary estimates, the amount of power from wind increased by 21.4 percent, while solar rose by 27.3 percent. [ read more … ]

Another Avenue to Reach Policy Makers: Taxicabs

By ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-07-31 06:50:06

The Sierra Club also has a history of zeroing in on the Metro station that makes the most sense for its current mission. When the State Department was considering the Keystone XL pipeline, the group placed ads in the Foggy Bottom station, near the department’s headquarters. When the House was holding up a bill on a tax credit for wind energy, the group ran ads in the Capitol South station, on the House side of the hill. “We’re bringing our message directly to where the decision makers, to where the influential, are,” said Melinda Pierce, the legislative director of the Sierra Club. [ read more … ]

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