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March 11, 2015

Debate grows louder over states saying ‘no’ to Clean Power Plan 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:49:13

Foes of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan are weighing the legal and political pros and cons of a “just say no” approach to the draft rule aimed at curbing heat-trapping greenhouse gases from power plants.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week urged states to not prepare plans for implementing the rule. Cooperating with the Obama administration, he said, would undercut legal and legislative efforts to kill the rule and allow EPA to impose a rule that exceeds its legal authority [ read more … ]

Bill would give Minnesota state lawmakers final approval on Clean Power Plan

By Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:49:32

A bill that would give the Minnesota Legislature the final say on a state plan to reduce carbon emissions passed a state House committee yesterday. In the coming months, U.S. EPA plans to set carbon reduction goals for each state to address climate change. Following the goals by the federal agency, state officials will devise a plan to meet the targets. The bill would require state lawmakers to approve the plan before it’s implemented. [ read more … ]

Wind, gas, solar dominate new power plant installations

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:50:16

Power companies’ new generating capacity this year will be dominated by wind, natural gas and solar power, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. Wind will see a net increase of 9.8 gigawatts of capacity throughout the country, the most of any power source, the EIA said Tuesday, based on generating companies’ stated expectations. [ read more … ]

Iowa court ruling lets public sector tap into solar

By Rick Smith, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:50:41

Tax credits to cover 30 percent of the upfront cost haven’t done much for local elected officials in Iowa eager to try solar energy for public buildings as a way to save on electric bills and to green up their environmental credentials. Until now. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuel prices don’t reflect true cost of carbon, report says 

Manon Verchot, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:51:05

Prices at the pump don’t reflect the true cost of fossil fuels, according to a new study. When you add together the environmental, health and social costs of continuing business as usual with fossil fuel extraction and use, all of society gets billed, not just the consumer, it finds. [ read more … ]

Siemens tops global wind turbine market, Vestas slips, GE rises

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-03-11 06:51:21

Siemens gained over Vestas to top the global wind turbine market as measured by market share of newly installed machines connected to the grid in 2014, according to an industry report, but the gap between the top three companies is small. [ read more … ]

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