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March 19, 2015

Obama to sign executive order on federal contribution to warming 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:54:02

President Obama is set to sign an executive order today directing federal agencies to cut the carbon intensity of their operations, a White House official said last night. The federal carbon commitment will be released together with new emissions reduction pledges from “several major federal suppliers,” the official added. Details of the action will be released this morning, and White House adviser Brian Deese is scheduled to brief reporters. [ read more … ]

EPA’s carbon rule could spur $2.5B in power line investment — ICF 

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:54:25

As coal-fired power plants go offline under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, building new power lines to bring renewable energy to customers could spur $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in investment over the next five years, according to an analysis by the consulting group ICF International. [ read more … ]

In Test For EPA Rule, Minnesota Seeks To Reinstate Clean Energy Law

By Dawn Reeves, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:54:51

Minnesota officials are strongly urging a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that rejected a state renewable energy law on constitutional grounds — a case that could determine whether other states will be able to use similar programs to comply with EPA’s proposed rule to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector. [ read more … ]

The Renewable Energy Fight

BY RONALD BROWNSTEIN, National Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:55:38

With a strong environmental community, a vibrant fossil-fuel industry, and a thriving clean energy sector, Colorado encapsulates all the contending interests driving the complex politics of energy and climate. That’s why there are important clues for the national energy debate in the recent partisan collision here over requirements for utilities to generate more electricity from renewable-energy sources.
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Legal icon calls EPA’s power plant rule an ‘unconstitutional trifecta’ 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:56:10

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments about the Clean Power Plan’s legality on April 16. Yesterday afternoon, the court announced that Judges Karen Henderson, Thomas Griffith and Cornelia Pillard will hear the case [ read more … ]

Outlook for Solar Gets a Bit Brighter

By  STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:56:29

Britain, like other countries in the European Union, has pledged to sharply cut carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. In practice, that largely means encouraging electric power generation from green sources like wind, which Britain has in abundance, and solar, a resource in which it is less well endowed. “Britain is the hottest market right now,” said Josefin Berg, a Barcelona-based analyst for I.H.S. [ read more … ]

China sets a record high target for solar energy installation 

Coco Liu, E&E Asia correspondent  •    •  Posted 2015-03-19 06:56:48

According to a government document ClimateWire obtained from industry players, China’s National Energy Administration plans to install 17.8 gigawatts of solar panels this year. This is a record high target for the Chinese solar market, which barely existed before 2008. It also surpasses previous expectations — in a drafted plan issued earlier this year, China was considering an annual installation of 15 GW. [ read more … ]

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