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April 24, 2015

Senate poised to push for greener, modern grid on heels on QER 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 06:58:08

Fresh on the heels of the Obama administration’s call for a stronger, more flexible electric grid that is resistant to the effects of climate change, a Senate quintet is going full speed ahead on greening the country’s energy system and adding technology to usher in more wind and solar. Four Democrats and one independent on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, including the panel’s top Democrat, are expected to unveil legislation in the coming days to modernize the United States’ aging electric grid and bolster storage, a technology that many experts say holds the keys to stabilizing the generation of intermittent renewable energy. Energy and Natural Resources ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) is slated to join Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) in introducing the bill. [ read more … ]

Bid to repeal N.C. renewable energy standard comes under fire, then fails 

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 06:58:31

It took dozens of people from utility, environmental, business and consumer groups to help North Carolina become the first state in the Southeast to have a renewable energy mandate in 2007. And it will take more than a small group of people to get rid of the standard, even if lower utility bills are dangled in front of legislators, based on comments during a committee debate yesterday afternoon. [ read more … ]

Power rule won’t harm grid reliability — McCarthy 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 06:59:52

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told energy executives in Houston today that the Clean Power Plan wouldn’t harm grid reliability. Delivering a keynote address at IHS CERAWeek, McCarthy told executives from industries that would be regulated under the power plant rule that EPA has taken care not to disrupt their ability to deliver electricity to the public. [ read more … ]

Wash., Ore. solar set to explode — report 

Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 06:58:59

This is solar’s year, at least in Washington state and Oregon, whose market growth should expand by a collective 200 megawatts of installed solar capacity, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. Titled “U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review,” the report said most of the growth centered around residential solar, with some commercial installations from Walgreens Co. and Safeway Inc. “all making significant investments in solar energy systems.” [ read more … ]

Inslee makes Earth Day pitch for climate change legislation

By Don Jenkins, Capital Press  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 06:59:23

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday renewed his call for climate change legislation, though Republican lawmakers continue to reject proposals to tax carbon and mandate biofuels as too costly for manufacturers and motorists, and potentially fatal to a transportation plan that depends on a gas tax increase. Speaking on Earth Day, Inslee said lawmakers have done “zero” for the environment this year. “An absolute goose egg,” he said. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax could replace Obama’s climate rules, Democrat says 

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 07:00:17

Rep. John Delaney told an audience at a conservative think tank yesterday that he’s drafting a bill to tax carbon that could lead to the repeal of President Obama’s signature policy of regulating CO2 emissions at power plants. “I think it would inevitably lead to that,” the Maryland Democrat said. Delaney made his Earth Day announcement at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy shop that has made splashes in Republican circles, not all of them welcome, by hosting discussions about taxing carbon. [ read more … ]

Success in Paris climate talks may require ‘uniform voice’ from business leaders, group says

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 07:00:36

A year-old initiative to mobilize the global business community around the risks and opportunities of climate change has entered a second phase, according to the nonprofit group BSR. It said it will focus efforts in 2015 on deepening private-sector understanding of climate science while also helping develop collaborative strategies to reduce and mitigate against warming’s most harmful effects. [ read more … ]

Nebraska gubernatorial candidate joins wind energy firm

By DON WALTON | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR  •    •  Posted 2015-04-24 07:00:55

Chuck Hassebrook, the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor and former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, has joined a wind energy firm. Hassebrook will be vice president for renewable energy export for Sandhills Wind Energy, which is based in Valentine. “I am excited to help develop the profound opportunity that renewable energy offers the people and communities of rural Nebraska,” Hassebrook said Thursday. [ read more … ]

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