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June 11, 2015

Court Gives Obama a Climate Change Win

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-06-11 06:58:19

A federal court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by the nation’s largest coal companies and 14 coal-producing states that sought to block one of President Obama’s signature climate change policies. The lawsuit, Murray Energy v. E.P.A., challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. If enacted, the rule could shutter hundreds of such plants, freeze construction of future plants and slow demand for coal production in the United States. The lawsuit was the first in a wave of expected legal challenges to the E.P.A. climate change rules. Legal experts say they expect some of those challenges to make it to the Supreme Court. [ read more … ]

Utility-savvy lineman’s son sees storage, greener grid taking Senate stage 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-11 06:59:08

“I just grew up surrounded by electricity and utility issues and sort of a thirst for ‘what’s next?'” Heinrich said. Heinrich is at the center of a growing discussion with other grid-savvy members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focused on how to bolster utility-scale renewables, energy storage and distributed generation in a comprehensive energy package.
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Texas, Colo. show how to integrate renewables as carbon plan looms — report

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-11 06:59:36

Electric systems in Texas and Colorado are demonstrating that a range of actions can be used to successfully and reliably integrate large amounts of renewable energy, according to a new report completed for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. The study, which is being made public today, was conducted with a focus on two entities — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), that state’s main grid operator, and certain Xcel Energy Inc. operations in Colorado. Both states have seen increasing amounts of wind energy and both have kept electricity flowing. [ read more … ]

New study outlines path to 100% renewables in all 50 states 

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-11 07:00:03

Wind, water and sunlight could meet demand for all energy — not just electricity — in every state by midcentury, according to a new report. The study, published yesterday in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, concluded that the path to a cleaner future is technically feasible and affordable and would save thousands of lives from avoided pollution and averted disasters stemming from greenhouse gas emissions. All the while, the jobs created in the renewables sector would more than offset layoffs from shuttered coal mines and dismantled nuclear power plants. [ read more … ]

Navy to install solar arrays at Washington, D.C., base 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-11 07:00:38

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus today announced the service’s first solar project at an urban installation, with a 6- to 8-megawatt project planned at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. The Navy is already well ahead of schedule to meet its goal of producing half of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. [ read more … ]

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