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July 1, 2015

US, Brazil pledge 20 percent renewable electricity by 2030

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:30:28

The United States and Brazil announced an agreement on Tuesday to get a fifth of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 in an ambitious attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement, which excludes hydropower from the goal, came from President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as the Brazilian leader visitsWashington, D.C., to discuss various policy issues. “This is a big deal,” Brian Deese, Obama’s top adviser for energy, told reporters Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Global Climate Pact Gains Momentum as China, U.S. and Brazil Detail Plans

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:30:51

Five months before a United Nations summit meeting aimed at forging a historic global accord to cut climate-warming emissions, significant signs of progress toward an agreement are emerging. China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter, submitted a 16-page plan to the United Nations on Tuesday detailing how it plans to shift its economy to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2030. On the same day, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, which is among the top 10 carbon emitters, and President Obama announced in Washington that their nations had agreed to sharply expand electricity generation from renewable sources. [ read more … ]

Mercury ruling sets up legal ‘crapshoot’ on Clean Power Plan 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:31:18

The Supreme Court ruling that U.S. EPA should have considered costs before issuing its mercury air standards for power plants left one major question unanswered: how the decision could affect coal companies’ first legal challenges to President Obama’s forthcoming greenhouse gas limits for power plants. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court’s conservative wing said EPA should have considered the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards’ $9.6 billion price tag before going ahead with the regulations. [ read more … ]

Mercury regs ruling emboldens Clean Power Plan critics, but few changes seen for utilities

Emily Holden, Jeffrey Tomich and Edward Klump, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:31:38

U.S. EPA critics heralded a Supreme Court decision yesterday that the agency should have considered the compliance costs of its mercury standards for coal plants, saying the ruling is proof that states should refuse to comply with the agency’s Clean Power Plan until legal challenges play out. “While much of the damage of this regulation has already been done, the ruling serves as a critical reminder to every governor contemplating the administration’s demands to impose more regressive — and likely illegal — regulations that promise even more middle-class pain,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Clearly, there is no reason to subject their states to such unnecessary pain before the courts have even had a chance to weigh in, especially if the Supreme Court simply ends up tossing the regulation out as we saw today.” [ read more … ]

Mich. Gov. Snyder, others see different pathways to cleaner energy future

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:31:58

When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder presented his vision for the state’s energy future three months ago, he relied on a series of large, color-coded pie charts that could have been confused for supersized Trivial Pursuit game pieces. The charts showed a current energy portfolio dominated by dark gray wedges to reflect the 54 percent of the electric generation that comes from coal. Nearby were other charts providing a glimpse of the state’s fuel mix a decade out under different natural gas price scenarios. In each, the gray area had shriveled, the void filled by purple, green and blue pie pieces indicating cleaner energy sources [ read more … ]

O’Malley: We can get all our energy from renewables

By Martin O’Malley, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-07-01 06:32:17

Last weekend, at a meeting in Sioux City, I was asked a question I’ve heard from people all across the state: As president, what would you do to support the investments we’re already making in Iowa on renewable energy? Iowans deserve a clear answer to that question from every candidate. Here’s mine: My administration would call for 100 percent of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2050. [ read more … ]

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