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January 21, 2015

Obama blasts climate deniers, pipeline pushers in forceful speech 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-21 07:02:40

“[T]oday, America is No. 1 in oil and gas. America is No. 1 in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump,” Obama said. [ read more … ]

Amazon to fund a big wind farm in Indiana

BY Robert Ferris, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2015-01-21 07:03:04

Amazon Web Services is one of the largest providers of cloud computing services, with a long list of customers that includes names such as Johnson & Johnson, Dole, Siemens, and Netflix (as well as NBC Universal’s parent company, Comcast). The company already operates three carbon-neutral regions—one in Oregon, one in Frankfurt, Germany, and the AWS GovCloud region in the Northwestern United States. However, this is its first publicly announced wind farm, and the first major renewable energy project the company has announced since committing in November to power its cloud computing division with renewable energy. [ read more … ]

10th Circuit Slated To Hear Constitutional Suit Over State Renewable Mandate

By Dawn Reeves, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-01-21 07:03:31

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will hear oral arguments Jan. 21 in a case that could pose a crucial test for whether state renewable energy mandates are constitutional, and could also have a significant impact on states’ ability to use their mandates to comply with EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants. The Denver-based court will hear arguments in the case, Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (EELI), et al., v. Joshua Epel, et al., where free-market groups are appealing a lower court ruling that upheld Colorado’s renewable electricity standard (RES) as constitutional. [ read more … ]


BY TOM JOHNSON , NEW JERSEY SPOTLIGHT  •    •  Posted 2015-01-21 07:03:51

The reason why offshore wind has not happened — even though the federal government says New Jersey’s coastline offers some of the best offshore wind resources — is a matter of dispute. At least a dozen developers have expressed an interest in building winds farms along the coast. To critics, however, the economics of offshore wind make little sense, particularly with historically low natural gas prices in a state burdened with some of the nation’s highest electric bills. A growing portion of the state’s electricity is produced by conventional natural-gas-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

Poll shows a ‘surprise,’ broad public support for EPA carbon rule 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-21 07:04:08

Seventy-nine percent of respondents voiced support for alternative and renewable energy mandates, framed as “requiring a set portion of all electricity to come from renewable energy sources such as wind and power.” An even higher portion — 84 percent — backed “requiring increased energy efficiency standards for new homes and applications.” These options both showed broad support from Republicans, Democrats and independents. But nearly 60 percent of respondents — including majorities from all three groups — opposed a carbon tax. [ read more … ]

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