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April 30, 2015

California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts

By ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:40:29

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday sharply speeding up this state’s already ambitious program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it was critical to address “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to the state’s economy and well-being. The order, announced early Wednesday morning, was intended as a jolt to a landmark 2006 environmental law requiring an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas reductions by 2050, compared with 1990. Under Mr. Brown’s order, the state would have to get halfway there — a 40 percent reduction — by 2030. Mr. Brown said this tough new interim target was essential to prod the energy industry to act and to help the state make investment and regulatory decisions that would assure that goal was not missed. [ read more … ]

Calif. governor orders state to slash emissions 40% by 2030 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:41:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) today ordered the state to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, calling it the most ambitious climate target in North America.
The executive order comes as state lawmakers are already considering a 2030 target and follows an inaugural pledge Brown made in January to halve petroleum consumption and achieve 50 percent renewable energy by that date. Brown said the goal, which is based on a 1990 emissions base line, is aimed at aligning California with “leading international governments” ahead of the U.N. climate talks in Paris this December. The European Union set a 2030 target in October, he noted. [ read more … ]

Things to Know About California’s Plan to Cut Emissions

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:41:26

Here are some things to know about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s new target for reducing carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
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Berkshire unit says it plans to build wind farm, sell all power to Omaha Public Power District

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:42:17

Officials say a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. plans to build a 400-megawtt wind farm in northeast Nebraska and sell all the power to Omaha Public Power District. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, BHE Renewables, bought Grande Prairie Farm from Geronimo Energy, of Edina, Minnesota. BHE didn’t disclose the purchase price. Geronimo had bought it from a Chicago developer in 2013. The other companies have arranged leases, obtained permits and completed other development steps. [ read more … ]

States will benefit from regional approach to EPA carbon rule — analysis 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:42:46

States face wide variations in Clean Power Plan compliance costs and outcomes depending on the paths they choose and how much time U.S. EPA allows them for writing compliance strategies, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Washington, D.C., nonprofit’s modeling explores options the draft rule offers to states, projecting outcomes based on whether states choose regional or individual emission plans and weighing variables that include the cost of natural gas.
The modeling projects that the EPA rule will cost $9.7 billion in 2020 and $15.7 billion in 2030 annually before savings from demand-side efficiency are factored in. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan Points Utilities Toward ‘Inevitable’ Low-Carbon Future, McCarthy Says

By Andrew Childers, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:43:18

A low-carbon future is “inevitable,” and the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan is intended to send utilities the market signals necessary to guide those investments, Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “A low carbon future is absolutely inevitable. The question is how quickly will that come out and who will win,” McCarthy said April 28 at Columbia University’s Global Energy Summit in New York. [ read more … ]

More than 40% of Americans breathe polluted air — study 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-30 06:43:40

More than 40 percent of Americans live in areas that record high levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released today. Forty-four percent of the country, or 138.5 million people, live in areas with average levels of fine particle and ozone pollution above U.S. EPA standards, the report found. That’s a reduction from last year’s report, which found that 147 million people were breathing unhealthy air. But the new report — which is based on average 2011-2013 data — found that progress was not shared equally throughout the country. [ read more … ]

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