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May 22, 2015

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to ease development on public lands 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:49:57

A bipartisan quartet yesterday reintroduced legislation that aims to speed development of wind, solar and geothermal projects on public lands while splitting the proceeds of those activities among state, local and federal governments. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) offered the bill, which they said would streamline siting and permitting of renewable energy projects on public lands.
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Remarks by the President at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement

By The White House  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:50:17

“Over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever to reduce harmful emissions, unprecedented investments to cut energy waste in our homes and building, standards to double the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. We’re using more clean energy than ever before — more solar, more wind. It’s all helped us reduce our carbon emissions more than any other advanced nation. And today, we can be proud that our carbon pollution is near its lowest levels in almost two decades. But we’ve got to do more.” [ read more … ]

Air regulators set to release much-anticipated ‘menu’ of Clean Power Plan options

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:50:40

The association of state air regulators who are charged with writing carbon-reduction proposals under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan today will release an extensive 465-page encyclopedia of 25 core compliance options. The menu goes far beyond the “building blocks” EPA used to set state emissions goals. EPA based standards on actions the agency thought states could take to make coal plants more efficient, use more natural gas, build renewable energy and cut electricity use through efficiency improvements. [ read more … ]

Montana ‘Powering Up’: Conference explores impact of 10-year-old renewable energy laws

By Al Knauber, Independent Record  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:50:59

Gov. Steve Bullock, who addressed the audience at a conference titled “Powering Up: Renewable Energy and its Economic Benefits for Montana” Wednesday at the Great Northern Hotel, said the economic benefit for Montana from renewable energy is exciting. “When we look at where we’ve come from, it’s just 10 years ago that the Montana Legislature passed the renewable portfolio standard that now requires that 15 percent of the energy sold in Montana comes from renewable resources like wind, sun, even our working lands. “In 2005, just a decade ago, we had a president of the Senate who had kind of a vision for the future of renewable energy. And he built a coalition of support around the renewable portfolio standards. That legislator was Jon Tester,” Bullock said, adding that U.S. Sen. Tester, D-Montana, would be sharing a few words at the meeting by video.
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GE’s Bell discusses impact of digital wind farm on industry efficiency, profitability 

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:51:49

This week, General Electric launched its digital wind farm innovation. How could this new tool help make the wind energy industry more profitable and efficient? During today’s OnPoint, Ganesh Bell, chief digital officer and general manager of software and analytics at GE, explains how this “wind energy ecosystem” could help transform the industry and double global wind energy generation by 2020. [ read more … ]

Vatican reaches out to business community ahead of landmark encyclical 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-22 06:52:10

As Pope Francis prepares to release a high-profile encyclical on ecology and climate change, the Vatican appears to be softening its message to the world’s business community. Yesterday, the Vatican sponsored a conference exploring “how economic growth and sustainability can go hand in hand.” The goal of the event, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has played a major role in coordinating the rollout of the impending high-level papal teaching, was “to help business people recognize these new opportunities … it’s not going after business with a stick, but going after them with a carrot.” [ read more … ]

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