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November 18, 2014

Interior approves first offshore wind transmission line

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-18 06:48:13

The Interior Department has approved the first transmission line in federal waters to serve an offshore wind farm. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Deepwater Wind LLC to build a 9-mile subsea cable connecting Block Island to the Rhode Island mainland, a project that will support the company’s 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, the agency announced today. [ read more … ]

On EPA’s carbon rule, economists say interstate coordination will be key

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-18 06:48:36

Under the Obama administration’s proposed rule for power-sector carbon emissions, states are given wide latitude in charting their paths to compliance. The plan’s flexibility is one of its cardinal selling points — although U.S. EPA may set state-specific targets, it’s up to the states themselves to decide how to get there. As a result, the process could result in as many different approaches to carbon reduction as there are states covered under the rule. But weighing in on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the journal Science last week, a group of the nation’s leading carbon economists had this advice for states: If you want to reduce emissions cheaply, you’ll need to work together [ read more … ]

U.S.-China deal won’t change the Clean Power Plan — McCarthy

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporte  •    •  Posted 2014-11-18 06:48:59

U.S. EPA won’t tighten its greenhouse gas rulemakings to meet President Obama’s new climate commitments, Administrator Gina McCarthy said today. Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor-sponsored event, she said emissions targets that Obama unveiled in Beijing last week wouldn’t force EPA to revamp its proposal for power plants. The draft adheres to the Clean Air Act, she said, and is based on an assessment of the best system of emissions reduction for the sources it covers. [ read more … ]

Podesta predicts more policy wins as task force rolls out recommendations

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-18 06:49:17

White House senior adviser John Podesta said today that he expects the administration to add to its climate change legacy in its final two years in office despite Republican control of Congress. Podesta spoke on a call this afternoon to discuss the recommendations of the White House’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which were released yesterday. [ read more … ]

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