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September 17, 2014

EPA extends comment period for power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-17 05:49:15

Acting air chief Janet McCabe said the agency will accept comments through Dec. 1, adding to one of the longest comment periods ever for a rulemaking. EPA unveiled the rule proposal June 2. “We hope that additional time will give those entities wishing to submit comments the time they need to engage with us, ask questions, and ultimately provide input that will help ensure that in the end this plan is practical, flexible and achievable,” she said.

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Study of Eastern U.S. Shows Wind Energy Could Stabilize the Grid

By Robert Fare, Scientific American  •    •  Posted 2014-09-17 05:49:54

ast month, General Electric (GE) consulting presented the results of a U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsored study testing if wind turbines can be controlled to manage the stability of the electric grid. The authors found that wind turbines might actually be a valuable tool for controlling and stabilizing the grid in the future, disputing the conventional notion that wind energy doesn’t play well with the grid. To understand the source of this counterintuitive result—and its implications—let’s review the key aspect of power grid control at play here: frequency regulation. [ read more … ]

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-09-17 05:50:18

In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free. A global commission will announce its finding on Tuesday that an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years, an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure. [ read more … ]

A German city learns the perks and pitfalls of being a green pioneer in Europe

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-17 05:50:38

Freiburg, a city of 230,000 people near the French and Swiss borders, was green before it was cool, and when it comes to sustainability, residents refuse to settle for second best. The city has some of the highest energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions targets in a country already taking the most ambitious steps in the world to reform its energy systems on a national level. [ read more … ]

Gov. Jindal pushes oil and coal use, rejects climate change rules

By DAVID LAUTER, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2014-09-17 05:50:54

But Jindal’s plan goes further than most in laying out details that sharply contrast with the positions taken by the Obama administration and most Democrats. His plan calls for opening more off-shore waters to drilling, for example, although he left unsaid whether he would push for opening waters off Florida and California that state opposition has kept off-limits. He also would phase out tax advantages for wind power, ethanol and other renewable fuels. [ read more … ]

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