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June 9, 2015

Court rejects bid to block EPA power plant standards

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:19:16

“They want us to do something that they candidly acknowledge we have never done before: review the legality of a proposed rule,” wrote Kavanaugh, a Republican appointee. “But the proposed rule is just a proposal.”
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Editorial: The Case for a Carbon Tax

By New York Times Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:21:40

A carbon tax would raise the price of fossil fuels, with more taxes collected on fuels that generate more emissions, like coal. This tax would reduce demand for high-carbon emission fuels and increase demand for lower-emisson fuels like natural gas. Renewable sources like solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectric would face lower taxes or no taxes. To be effective, the tax should also be applied to imported goods from countries that do not assess a similar levy on the use of fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Jobs on the Rise as U.S. States Chart a Clean Path to Fight Climate Change

By Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:22:10

Something historic is happening across the country. Wind and solar power provided 47 percent of all the new electric generating capacity installed across the country last year. In April of this year, every bit of our new capacity came from the wind and sun. Prices for solar panel installations are down nearly 50 percent over just the past five years, and wind turbine costs have fallen even more. [ read more … ]

Clean Line signs deal with French company on wind energy transmission

By Wesley Brown, The City Wire  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:21:05

The deal is another step in the extended progression of the so-called Clean Line project – an electric transmission line project that officials say will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts (MW) of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.
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My Voice: Wind energy can power S.D.’s economic future

By Tom Kiernan, AWEA, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:20:15

The winds of change are blowing in South Dakota. Within two decades, wind energy here could power the equivalent of over 900,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Musk asks utilities: How can we take battery storage ‘to a whole new level’? 

Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-09 19:19:45

The co-founders of Tesla Motors Inc. yesterday invited executives of the nation’s dominant utilities to partner with the Silicon Valley electric carmaker to boost battery storage capacity across the U.S. power grid [ read more … ]

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