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June 30, 2015

Justices topple EPA mercury regs in ruling seen as limited 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:42:16

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Obama administration unlawfully failed to consider compliance costs before it issued its landmark power plant emission limits for mercury and other hazardous pollutants. More than 20 Republican-led states and various industry groups challenged U.S. EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. The rules were finalized in December 2011 and are already in effect, requiring coal-burning power plants to reduce emissions of hazardous substances like mercury, lead and arsenic by installing control technologies or retiring plants. [ read more … ]

After Mercury Ruling, Higher Scrutiny of Obama Climate Rules

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:42:34

Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama’s climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren’t afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency. The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury and other hazardous air pollutants — a different set of regulations from the greenhouse gas limits that Obama is counting on to slow the effects of global warming. Still, the court’s willingness to rein in the EPA emboldened opponents of Obama’s climate change agenda, who said the court had finally woken up to what they call the haphazard and costly nature of the environmental regulations that Obama has put forth. [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats lay out priorities for legislative package 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:43:01

As the debate over a broad energy package intensifies on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats today rolled out a sweeping list of energy policy priorities focused on curbing carbon emissions and investing in renewable technology. In a letter soliciting input on energy policy from governors, the Democrats called for a national energy policy that prioritizes investment in clean energy sources and efforts to upgrade the U.S. electrical grid and other energy infrastructure. “We believe the U.S. must establish a framework that helps unleash investment in our infrastructure sufficient to ensure all American citizens and businesses have access to affordable, efficient, reliable and cleaner energy,” they wrote in the letter. [ read more … ]

Iowa farmer takes Pope’s side on climate change

By DEAN REYNOLDS, CBS NEWS  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:43:29

Iowa farmer Tom Wind grows a lot more than soybeans and corn. He’s been planting 400-foot wind turbines at his farm in Greene County, Iowa. The turbines are able to fuel a 2,000 horsepower engine. “It turns out that wind power is fairly economical,” Wind said. “Wind power is one of the cheapest forms of new energy.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Offshore wind still the best bet for clean energy

By Ann Berwick, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:43:57

The proposal for Cape Wind, which was to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm, is teetering on the edge of failure after a 14-year saga of lawsuits and regulatory hurdles. Yet a bill pending in the Massachusetts Legislature would require that large amounts of electricity come from wind turbines located offshore. How can that possibly make sense? But the bill has it right: For the Northeast to address climate change, developing offshore wind is a necessity. That’s because nothing beats offshore wind for generating power. [ read more … ]

Chaska company designs wind turbine of the future

By Chris Hrapsky, KARE  •    •  Posted 2015-06-30 06:44:15

Minnesota is known for farming, but a Chaska company is redefining how to harvest one of the most lucrative crops in the world – wind. The 2012 energy startup SheerWind has developed a new-aged wind turbine system that promises more energy efficiency at roughly 75 percent of the cost of traditional turbines. But it is the look and design of SheerWind’s INVELOX technology that’s grabbing attention. [ read more … ]

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