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March 16, 2015

Emissions by Makers of Energy Level Off

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:35:44

Somebody tapped the brakes. Carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s energy producers stalled in 2014, the first time in 40 years of measurement that the level did not increase during a period of economic expansion, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency. [ read more … ]

Study: Carbon Emissions Stabilize Despite Growing Economy

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:36:14

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year. The rising use of renewable energy, particularly in China, played a role in keeping emissions from the energy sector to 32.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide last year, the same as in 2013, the International Energy Agency said. [ read more … ]

Kerry slams oil and coal in broad push for renewable power 

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:36:49

“It is time … to do real cost accounting. The bottom line is that we can’t only factor in the price of immediate energy needs. We have to include the long-term cost of carbon pollution. We have to factor in the cost of survival,” he said. “We’ll have to stop government money from going toward nonrenewable energy sources, like coal and oil. It makes no sense to be subsidizing that.” [ read more … ]

Study Boosts California Push For Renewables, Biofuels To Meet GHG Target

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:37:14

An independent study commissioned by several California agencies could help state officials justify ambitious new renewable electricity and biofuel programs policymakers are seeking as they debate ways to achieve a strict new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target for 2030. The study, by consulting firm Energy & Environmental Economics (E3), was requested by California agencies — including the state air board and energy commission — as part of their PATHWAYS project to support setting a 2030 GHG target, which is expected to be debated by state lawmakers this year. [ read more … ]

Ohio may find that its ‘timeout’ for renewable energy standards was expensive — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:37:35

Ohio’s decision to freeze for two years the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards has cost the Buckeye State hundreds of millions of dollars in energy investment and “will come to represent a missed opportunity for Ohio to lead the country in building a clean energy economy.” That is the finding of a new analysis from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, which draws its conclusions from surveys and interviews with Ohio business leaders and energy experts who have witnessed what CAP describes as the Ohio’s retrenchment on clean energy policies. [ read more … ]

New Mexico House votes to roll back 2020 renewable energy standard

BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:37:54

A measure reducing the amount of renewable energy sources utilities would have to tap to provide electricity for their customers by 2020 has narrowly passed the New Mexico House. New Mexico’s standard increased from 10 to 15 percent at the start of the year. It’s required to hit 20 percent in 2020.
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Comment: Wind is driving energy development In Montana

By Jeff L. Fox, Guest Columnist, Bozeman Daily Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:38:14

Montana is lucky to have one of the best wind resources in the country and it has been driving energy development in the state for more than a decade. As other Western states look to reduce carbon emissions and purchase the lowest cost renewable resources available, Montana will likely see even more wind energy growth and accompanying economic benefit ahead. [ read more … ]

China’s BYD Takes Aim at Tesla in Battery Factory Race

By REUTERS  •    •  Posted 2015-03-16 06:38:34

The companies are fast emerging as two of the key players in the nascent electricity storage sector. Storage technology is considered critical to integrating large amounts of renewable energy because it can absorb excess power from wind farms or solar panels and keep that for use when conditions don’t allow for power generation. “We have demonstrated that BYD is capable of adding 6 GWh every year with strong market demand,” Jurjevich, who works for BYD’s U.S. unit, said in an interview.
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