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April 14, 2015

Both sides ready arguments for case that could scotch EPA power plant rule 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 16:45:44

Energy companies and 15 predominantly Republican-led states will press federal judges this week to halt President Obama’s greenhouse gas standards for power plants. In two consolidated cases, West Virginia and Murray Energy Corp. are leading a bid for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to take the unusual step of preventing U.S. EPA from finalizing the standards — a key component of Obama’s effort to address climate change. A three-judge D.C. Circuit panel composed entirely of Republican appointees will hear arguments Thursday morning. [ read more … ]

House panel, McCabe face off on ‘just say no’ bill 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 16:47:23

A key House Energy and Commerce Committee subpanel will hear testimony this week on draft legislation to allow states to opt out of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. EPA air chief Janet McCabe will headline today’s hearing on a draft bill sponsored by Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), which would grant all states a reprieve from deadlines to submit state implementation plans (SIPs) for the existing power plant carbon rule until judicial review has concluded. It would also let governors refuse to comply even then if they decide the rule will drive up electricity rates or harm grid reliability [ read more … ]

EIA chief to brief Senate lawmakers on 2015 energy outlook 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 16:46:20

The U.S. Energy Information Administration chief will discuss the agency’s 2015 energy outlook Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski will brief lawmakers on updated data and forecasts for domestic fossil fuel and renewable energy production, oil prices, and the nation’s energy future. [ read more … ]

Norway plans to drop worst greenhouse gas emitters from wealth fund

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 17:03:44

Norway plans to drop investments in companies emitting unacceptable amounts of greenhouse gases in a sharpening of environmental rules for its $885 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Finance Ministry said on Friday. The proposed rules would stop short of a blanket divestment from coal and oil by the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, it said. The fund is itself built on revenues from Norway’s offshore oil and gas production. “The government will introduce a new criterion to exclude companies whose conduct to an unacceptable degree entail greenhouse gas emissions,” it said. [ read more … ]

Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy

By Stephen Leahy, Guardian  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 16:46:56

Andrea Reimer, Vancouver’s deputy mayor told the Guardian: “There’s a compelling moral imperative but also a fantastic economic case to be a green city.” The 100% goal is likely to be set for a target year of 2030 or 2035. People and businesses want to live and work in clean and green urban areas, said Reimer, adding that whoever develops expertise in shifting to 100% renewable energy will own the 21st century. [ read more … ]

Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid

By Ken Silverstein, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 16:48:03

Want to increase the use of green energy and reduce the level of harmful emissions? Invest heavily in the grid to both modernize and expand it, which will accomplish such aims while also building the US economy. That’s the view of energy and utility experts assembled by Public Utilities Fortnightly at its energy, money and power conference last week in Washington, DC. A smarter and more extensive grid that is able to distribute greener power is expensive. But the benefits of creating a modern infrastructure are huge. [ read more … ]

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