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October 31, 2014

EPA seen easing power plant rule’s near-term pressure on states

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-31 06:30:08

U.S. EPA signaled this week that its final Clean Power Plant rule would be asking less of states early on to reduce emissions of power plants’ greenhouse gases. The notice of data availability (NODA) released by EPA this week proposes tweaks that would both strengthen and weaken the stringency of its original draft, industry lawyers closely following the rulemaking say. The strengthening changes seem less likely to be adopted than a major change that may effectively weaken many states’ emissions targets, they say. [ read more … ]

DOE to use executive power regardless of election outcome — Moniz

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-31 06:30:33

Touching on another issue that usually comes up after the elections, Moniz reiterated the need to extend the renewable tax credits and “to do it in the way there is predictability on all sides.” He also voiced support for expanding master limited partnerships to all energy companies, saying it could “provide an excellent new vehicle for attracting private capital into the future.” [ read more … ]

How Vermont’s largest city went 100 percent renewable electricity

By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Christian Science Monitor  •    •  Posted 2014-10-31 06:30:52

Vermont may be best known for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but now its largest city can boast another accomplishment. The city of Burlington(pop. 42,000) now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. The Burlington Electric Department (BED) is the state’s largest municipal utility. [ read more … ]

U.S. invests $10M in wave and tidal power tests

Joshua Learn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-31 06:31:11

The Department of Energy and the Navy have announced a $10 million investment into testing wave energy conversion devices off the coast of Hawaii. The money will go to two companies, Ocean Energy USA LLC and Northwest Energy Innovations, to test their technology at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site near Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The principle of marine and hydrokinetic technology is to harness the power of waves, tides, rivers and ocean currents into a renewable energy source. [ read more … ]

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