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January 20, 2015

Governors use ‘state of the state’ speeches to open fire on EPA’s Clean Power Plan 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:35:55

Nearly half of the nation’s governors have already laid out their priorities for climate change, and U.S. EPA’s rules lowering the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions were far from an overarching theme. But several Republican governors used the regulation as a target. So far, no one has embraced the EPA rules. Two Democrats laid out aggressive climate change actions that would likely reduce greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their states’ Clean Power Plan goals. [ read more … ]

Colorado Sen. Bennet explains wind-energy tax credit

By Bridgett Weaver, Greeley Tribune  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:36:35

It’s critically important to give certainty to this vital industry in Colorado. And nationally, the wind industry accounts for more than 75,000 jobs in the country and roughly 5,000 in Colorado, and by some estimates around 2,600 in Weld County alone. So that’s what’s so critical about it. It’s not just about the windmills themselves. It’s about the entire manufacturing industry and the subcontractors who are part of that. Many of whom are right here in Colorado that need the certainty that an extension or some other signal will give them in order to move forward. [ read more … ]

In Brooklyn, Fertile Ground for a Wind Turbine

By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:37:00

“They say, ‘If you can do it in New York, you can do it anywhere,’ ” Mr. Outerbridge said. “And if you do it in Brooklyn, you can do it anywhere and you can be very cool.” The Sunset Park turbine can generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity. Its predecessors in the city, which help power residential or smaller commercial buildings, including the Whole Foods store in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, are one kilowatt, and typically about 20 feet tall. [ read more … ]

White House seeks Supreme Court review of demand response case 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:37:26

The Obama administration said a federal appeals court “seriously misinterpreted” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s jurisdiction when vacating a high-profile demand response rule last year — and that the Supreme Court should review the case. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that scrapped FERC’s Order 745, a rule the agency issued in 2011 that ordered demand response providers such as factories or commercial buildings to receive full market prices when they curtail electricity use. [ read more … ]

Opinion: The 4 smarter things Congress could be doing than voting on Keystone again

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:37:46

But when Congress focuses on symbols rather than substance, everybody loses. The truth is that building Keystone is not economically essential to the U.S. (sorry Republicans), but stopping it is also not, in the view of many scientists, going to do a ton to save the climate (sorry greens). Either way, the last thing America actually needs is another Keystone debate. But there are really helpful things Congress could be doing instead to protect the environment and boost the economy. Here are four of them. [ read more … ]

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-01-20 06:38:05

The Maine islanders, along with students from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, had traveled to Samso to attend the academy and hear the Danes’ advice. If all went well, each islander would go home with a team of students dedicated to solving an energy problem using ideas borrowed from Samso. Beyond that, the planners hoped, new Maine island projects could become templates for broader adoption of renewable energy. Because of their particular geography, islands often lack the resources and infrastructures to meet their own needs. Fuel, like other necessities, is often imported — sometimes with great difficulty — and electric grids, when they even exist, are often underdeveloped or out of date, all of which leads to higher prices and less reliable service. With residents open to cheaper and better alternatives, islands are becoming seedbeds of innovation, living labs in which to test and refine technologies and approaches that are too new or expensive to establish on a mainland. And their small size makes the systems easier to manage and analyze. [ read more … ]

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