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February 6, 2015

Bucking GOP Trend, Michigan’s Governor Adopts Pragmatic Stance On ESPS

By Lee Logan, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-02-06 06:47:03

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) appears to be one of the few Republican governors who is not calling for EPA to scrap its proposed rule setting greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants, with the governor endorsing a shift away from coal generation and the state’s formal comments largely focusing on specific concerns with the plan. [ read more … ]

Senate GOP united against climate, clean energy amendments — LCV 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-06 06:47:25

A majority of Senate Republicans opposed every climate change and clean-energy-related amendment to the Keystone XL bill that passed last week, according to a scorecard released today by the League of Conversation Voters. During the monthlong debate on the pipeline project, 37 GOP senators earned a score of zero for opposing amendments to the bill that acknowledged climate change is real and significantly affected by human activity, along with other proposals that promoted renewable energy sources and protected public lands, the LCV study found. [ read more … ]

Washingtonians get first look at proposed clean fuels standard 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-06 06:47:45

The government of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) offered an early glimpse of a proposed rule to curb carbon in state transportation fuels yesterday, readying the way for public debate on what has already become a divisive issue. In form, the proposed standard looks much like those already in place in Oregon and California. It aims to cut the carbon content of fuel sold and burned in-state by 10 percent over 10 years and would be operated through a system of auctions between clean power generators, which produce credits, and fuel sellers, which must purchase them. [ read more … ]

Problems that killed FutureGen now threaten other projects 

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-06 06:48:01

Following its decision to scrap nearly $1 billion in funding for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture project in Illinois, the Department of Energy today warned other projects could face similar troubles. Chris Smith, DOE’s fossil energy chief, today said he decided to pull the plug on FutureGen, which involved retrofitting a coal plant with capture technology, because of a fall legal deadline to spend the money. [ read more … ]

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