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March 25, 2015

With Potential Repeal Of RPS, Wind Developers In Lone Star State Face Texas-Sized Headaches 

By Mark Del Franco, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:38:08

If a Texas Republican has his way, the state will end its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), undo the billion-dollar competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ) initiative and relinquish its status as the No. 1 state for wind energy generation. Introduced by Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, S.B.931, “relating to the goal for renewable energy and [CREZ],” would end Texas’ RPS at the end of the year while undoing the massive, $7 billion-plus CREZ project that unlocked bottlenecked wind areas through the building of transmission lines. [ read more … ]

Why GM Wants To Buy Wind Energy

By Heather Clancy, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:38:26

For those who love downplaying or discounting renewable energy as something on the fringe of mainstream economic interests, General Motors’ recent decision to back construction of a Mexican wind farm should come as a wake-up call. About 75% of the energy generated by the project, which gets under way next quarter, will supply GM’s Toluca Complex manufacturing operation. The rest will go two other nearby facilities, the San Luis Potosi and Ramos Arizpe complexes. [ read more … ]

Coal-heavy states explore carbon-cutting options with support from National Governors Association 

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:38:55

Utah’s political leaders are unequivocal about their position on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan — they’re not fans. The draft rule embodies federal overreach, is riddled with procedural and legal weaknesses, and gives Utah “deep anxieties” about the impact the regulation could have on the coal-dependent state’s economy, according to Jeffrey Barrett, deputy director for Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s Office of Energy Development. Utah wants to see the proposal retracted or significantly revised.”However, knowing that we will likely find ourselves having to comply with some form of carbon regulation in the near term, we are determined not to be caught flat-footed,” Barrett said. [ read more … ]

McConnell, Portman float ‘just say no’ amendment to budget 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:39:13

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment today to the fiscal 2016 budget resolution that would allow states to opt out of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The amendment, which the Kentucky Republican introduced on behalf of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is up for re-election, tracks roughly with a draft Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) is preparing to introduce in the House (E&E Daily, March 24). Both measures would exempt states from complying with the existing power plant carbon rule and bar EPA from imposing a federal implementation plan if the state claims the rule will create a hardship. [ read more … ]

BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:39:30

Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change. “We have determined that we can effectively pursue policy matters of current interest to BP without renewing our membership in ALEC,” a spokesman said. BP was the second large oil company to drop support of the group after Occidental Petroleum cut ties last year. [ read more … ]

Enviros want bird-killing turbines replaced at Calif. farm 

By Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2015-03-25 06:39:51

A California wind farm is attracting the ire of environmentalists for delays in replacing outdated wind turbines that can be deadly to endangered birds. In 2005, Altamont Winds Inc. cut a deal with Alameda County to phase out 25 percent of its old turbines by 2013. The company then secured a two-year extension and now is requesting three more years to complete the project. [ read more … ]

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