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February 23, 2015

Wyoming Suggests ESPS Renewable Credit For Importer, Exporter States

By Doug Obey, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-02-23 06:41:17

A Wyoming utility regulator is suggesting EPA should at least temporarily allow both power importing and exporting states to take credit for new renewable generation in the agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants, possibly blunting impacts on the coal sector while boosting low-carbon energy. The extent to which EPA is receptive — or even legally able to embrace such a proposal — is not clear, given that such crediting could raise the issue of double counting emission cuts under the existing source performance standards (ESPS). [ read more … ]

NextEra Energy plans to build Hawaii’s largest wind farm on Maui

Duane Shimogawa, Reporter, Pacific Business News  •    •  Posted 2015-02-23 06:41:51

A subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the Florida-based company that is buying Hawaiian Electric Co. for $4.3 billion, has plans to build the largest wind energy farm in Hawaii on the southern coast of Maui, a company spokesman confirmed to PBN. [ read more … ]

U.K. Approves World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Farthest Ever From The Coast

BY ARI PHILLIPS, Climate Progress  •    •  Posted 2015-02-23 06:42:18

The United Kingdom has approved what will become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, and one of the U.K.’s biggest power stations of any sort. When completed, the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will have a total generating capacity of 2.4 gigawatts, enough to power about 2.5 percent of the country’s electricity needs. Made of up two separate 1.2-gigawatt farms of up to 200 turbines each, the project will be located about 80 miles off the coast and occupy up to 430 square miles. [ read more … ]

World’s biggest PR firm calls it quits with American oil lobby – reports

By Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2015-02-23 06:42:36

The lucrative relationship was not without costs. Over the past year, Edelman came under growing public pressure for its ties to fossil fuel companies and industry groups which have promoted misinformation about climate change. Last year, Edelman was caught out when other major public relations firms announced they would no longer work for climate deniers, in response to a Guardian report. [ read more … ]

Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark

By Jon Russell, Ingrid Lunden,  •    •  Posted 2015-02-23 06:43:00

The centers — which will use wind power and other green fuel sources — will be located in Athenry, Ireland, and Viborg, Denmark. Apple said that they will power services such as apps in the App Store, Siri and iMessage. Both locations will run on 100 percent renewable energy and Apple said they will have the “lowest environmental impact” of its data centers thus far. It will also be following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, which has also built sustainable data center operations out in Europe. [ read more … ]

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