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November 10, 2014

Why Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are buying up wind energy

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:36:40

Google — which is already carbon neutral and now trying to power itself with “100 percent renewable energy” — has the longest history here. It has three PPA deals in the U.S. wind sector (in Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas), and two more in Sweden. Microsoft, meanwhile, currently has two PPA deals with wind installments located near its data centers in Texas and Illinois. The agreements provide 285 megawatts of power to help drive both Bing searches and also its other online platforms, according to Brian Janous, the company’s director of energy strategy. [ read more … ]

Comment: The Koch brothers’ underhanded attack on wind energy

By LINDSAY ABRAMS, Salon  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:36:59

Wind power’s Achilles heel, for the time being, is that it’s not yet sustainable on its own — without tax credits, it collapses. According to the American Wind Energy Association, capacity and construction drop a full 84 percent when the wind production tax credit (PTC) isn’t available. In a letter addressed to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the groups warn that Democrats will try to extend the PTC during the lame-duck session. Forget that doing so will save jobs and promote clean energy, they argue: cooperating would be tantamount to endorsing climate action. “Rejecting efforts to extend the PTC is a meaningful way for this Congress to oppose the president’s climate plan,” the letter reads. “A vote for extending the PTC is a vote for the president and the majority leader’s agenda.” [ read more … ]

In the wake of elections, legal experts explore vulnerabilities in the EPA power plant rule

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:37:23

A Republican sweep of the Senate this week has put President Obama’s climate agenda in the cross hairs, with EPA’s proposed rule on power plant carbon emissions as an obvious early target. While control of the Senate may not give Republicans the ability to quash the rule outright, it does indicate that that U.S. EPA and the president will face pushback every step of the way between now and the rule’s completion, according to legal experts who spoke this week on the election’s outcome and its implications for the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

E&E Daily’s Juliano previews legislative battles facing new Congress

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:37:48

What will a GOP-led Congress mean for energy and environment policy? On today’s The Cutting Edge, E&E Daily reporter Nick Juliano discusses his latest reporting from Capitol Hill as Republicans gear up for the shift in power. Juliano talks about the future of U.S. EPA emissions and water regulations, Keystone XL and infrastructure. He also previews the upcoming lame-duck session. [ read more … ]

EPA faults grid overseer’s analysis of power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:38:09

U.S. EPA pushed back yesterday against the electric grid monitor’s warnings about the Clean Power Plan’s threat to reliability, saying the organization’s report ignored major changes already taking place in the nation’s power system. At issue is the North American Electric Reliability Corp. report that portrayed EPA’s proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants as a threat to reliable electricity by the plan’s initial compliance deadline in 2020. The report has quickly gained traction with congressional Republicans and industry foes of the EPA climate rule. [ read more … ]

LePage energy goals will get a jolt from New England election results

By By Darren Fishell, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2014-11-10 06:38:27

Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election Tuesday gives him a huge opportunity to influence Maine’s energy policy as the region’s electricity generation challenges will take center stage during the next four years. Energy policy is an area of high concern for the governor, and one in which his ambitions outstripped his accomplishments during his first term, but not for a lack of trying.
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