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May 19, 2015

Kansas set to repeal renewable energy mandate

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-05-19 06:40:20

Kansas lawmakers are set to repeal the state’s renewable energy mandate and replace it with a voluntary goal for electric utilities, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Lawmakers have approved a bill to the end the state’s “renewable portfolio standard,” which requires utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020, and replace it with a voluntary goal instead. The bill also limits the property tax exemption for renewable energy projects currently in law. The Legislature passed the bill on Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for his signature. [ read more … ]

Despite political rhetoric, 41 states exploring Clean Power Plan options 

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-19 06:40:59

At least 41 states are in talks with neighbors about how they might cut power-sector carbon emissions under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, despite appeals from Republicans in Congress for state officials to refuse to comply, according to regional coordinators. Fifteen states are bringing court challenges to the rule, and based on comments from GOP governors and attorneys general, it appears that number could grow closer to two dozen once EPA finalizes the regulation this summer. [ read more … ]

FERC calls for reliability mechanism in Clean Power Plan 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-19 06:41:11

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday suggested U.S. EPA include a mechanism within the final version of the Clean Power Plan to maintain reliability — but turned down requests to review specific state plans. FERC Chairman Norman Bay and his fellow commissioners — two Republicans and two Democrats — in a joint letter to U.S. EPA acting air chief Janet McCabe outlined the parameters of a “reliability safety valve” to resolve conflicts between the final rule to curb carbon emissions and FERC-approved reliability standards. [ read more … ]

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