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July 6, 2015

First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Powers Ahead

By Jon Kamp, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-07-06 06:50:47

Beloved by locals and tourists for its soaring clay bluffs and unspoiled views, this small New England island is heading toward another distinction: home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Five towering windmills off the island’s southeast coast are scheduled to begin generating power late next year. The Block Island plan has moved ahead of the Cape Wind project, a much larger turbine farm planned in the waters off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, wind-energy experts said. A contract dispute with local utilities following a slew of legal fights has thrown that 14-year effort into question.
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Republican Governors Signal Their Intent to Thwart Obama’s Climate Rules

By CORAL DAVENPORT. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-07-06 06:51:35

As President Obama prepares to complete sweeping regulations aimed at tackling climate change, at least five Republican governors, including two presidential hopefuls, say they may refuse to carry out the rules in their states. The resistance threatens to ignite a fierce clash between federal and state authorities, miring the climate rules in red tape for years. The fight could also undermine Mr. Obama’s efforts to urge other nations to enact similar plans this year as part of a major United Nations climate change accord.
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Clean Line transmission project in limbo after Mo. rejection

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-06 06:51:10

A developer’s plan to construct a wind energy superhighway across the Midwest hit a roadblock yesterday when Missouri regulators denied the company’s application. The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to deny the $2.2 billion high-voltage transmission project, with the majority concluding that Clean Line Energy Partners LLC didn’t satisfy the criteria needed for approval. Commissioner Daniel Hall, one of two who voted in favor of the project, said he hoped the company would refile its application. [ read more … ]

Sacramento tops out at 107 degrees, driving peak electricity use

BY ROBERT D. DÁVILA, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted 2015-07-06 06:51:57

The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s transmission grid, issued a Flex Alert on Tuesday calling for conservation. The ISO said demand for electricity was expected to peak on Tuesday at 44,700 megawatts – one of the highest levels of the year but still below the expected level of available supply. The Flex Alert was also expected to be in effect Wednesday. The alert Tuesday was the agency’s first heat-related warning since early July 2013, when the grid manager issued alerts on back-to-back days for Northern California, spokesman Steven Greenlee said.
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BP agrees to ‘game changer’ $18.7B settlement with states

Annie Snider and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-07-06 06:52:14

The $18.7 billion settlement agreement announced this morning for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill promises to set off an unprecedented effort to repair the Gulf of Mexico’s marshes, fisheries and deep sea corals, but it will be, at best, only a first step toward restoring the long-ailing ecosystem, the region’s environmentalists say.
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