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December 19, 2014

Gov. Inslee of Wash. unveils carbon cap, predicts Republican support 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-19 06:38:07

Despite a divided state Legislature coming out of the 2014 midterm elections, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) says 2015 is the year for his state to get serious about climate change.
“Everyone agrees on the basic proposition” that the climate is changing and that the state needs to act on it, he said yesterday, speaking at REI’s main outlet in Seattle. “We don’t all agree on what the first steps should be. But I’m open to all ideas.” Inslee laid out his plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions yesterday. Its centerpiece is a carbon cap for major emitters and a system of allowances they would purchase to stay within the cap, he said. Revenue from the system would go toward education, transportation and support for vulnerable communities. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind won’t secure financing this year, delaying construction 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-19 06:38:25

Offshore wind developer Cape Wind will not secure all financing for its Nantucket Sound wind farm by the end of 2014 as previously planned, it said today. Instead, the project is hoping to do so by the end of the first quarter 2015, project spokesman Mark Rodgers wrote in an email. He would not comment further on the financial status of the planned first-in-the-nation offshore wind farm, simply saying, “We are moving forward.” [ read more … ]

How Denmark and Texas Became Wind Energy Kings

BY TERRENCE HENRY, State Impact  •    •  Posted 2014-12-19 06:38:41

Denmark is booming when it comes to wind energy. To understand how and why, you have to go back a few decades. The country’s energy transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewables wasn’t motivated so much by concerns over climate change or “being green.” It was something much more sudden: the oil shocks of the seventies. [ read more … ]

BLM advances massive Ore.-to-Idaho line for boosting Northwest capacity 

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-19 06:38:58

The Bureau of Land Management today announced it has completed a draft environmental impact statement for Idaho Power Co.’s proposed Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project. The 500-kilovolt high-tower transmission line would travel from a proposed substation near Boardman, Ore., to an existing substation near Melba, Idaho, about 20 miles southwest of Boise. The power line will connect at the Hemingway substation near Melba to the proposed nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Power Line Project that stretches into southern Wyoming, creating a potential route for electricity generated from planned wind power projects in Wyoming to be transported to major load centers in the Pacific Northwest. [ read more … ]

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