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August 10, 2015

A mighty optimistic wind estimate fuels EPA rule

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-10 06:42:15

A strong, sustained growth of U.S. wind power, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, is achievable but faces stiff economic and political headwinds, according to government and private analyses. The plan issued Monday predicts that zero-carbon renewable energy — primarily wind and solar power — will supply 28 percent of total generation capacity in 2030, the compliance period’s end year. The draft rule a year ago projected 22 percent as the estimated renewable power capacity share, and the higher contribution from renewables is key to the deeper cut in greenhouse gas emissions that the new plan requires (ClimateWire, Aug. 4).
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Former Justice Stevens calls mercury ruling ‘mind-boggling’

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-10 06:42:55

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the author of a seminal decision on when courts must defer to agencies, said the high court’s decision this year to invalidate U.S. EPA’s air standards for mercury and other toxics was “truly mind-boggling.” In June, the court ruled that EPA should have considered costs in determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to promulgate its mercury and air toxics standards, or MATS. [ read more … ]

Des Moines to host Democratic debate

By Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-08-10 06:43:24

A nationally televised prime-time debate among Democratic presidential candidates will be held at Drake University in Des Moines on Saturday, Nov. 14, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday. CBS News and KCCI-TV are sponsors, in conjunction with The Des Moines Register. [ read more … ]

Kansas has strong construction activity for wind farms this year

By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-08-10 06:43:59

Kansas had the third-highest amount of wind power capacity under construction in the country in the second quarter, with buyers including in-state utilities and an internet search company.

There were 1,070.75 megawatts of wind power capacity under construction in Kansas as of the second quarter of 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade association. That will add to the state’s 2,967 megawatts in existing capacity, the ninth highest in the country.
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The Great Victorian Weather Wars

By PETER MOORE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-10 06:44:31

THE history of today’s climate change debate may have begun on Feb. 7, 1861. That day, an Irish physicist named John Tyndall, a professor of natural philosophy, delivered the annual Bakerian Lecture to the Royal Society in London. Dark-eyed and quick-witted, Tyndall was a dazzling figure who drew huge audiences to his public lectures on lively new subjects like glaciation, radiation and sound. “I never saw so large an attendance in the rooms of the Society,” he wrote in his journal that night. Even Alfred Tennyson, the poet laureate, sat amid the “many remarkable men present.” [ read more … ]

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