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July 16, 2015

Pressure builds ahead of Senate extenders markup

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:02:12

The Senate Finance Committee is facing familiar pressure from interest groups over energy provisions as members await word on whether next week’s expected extenders markup will proceed. Senators from both parties this week have indicated the markup may happen Tuesday, although a spokeswoman for Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said yesterday that nothing has been scheduled yet. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said yesterday that the package will largely mirror the extenders bill the panel passed in May 2014, known as the “EXPIRE Act.” [ read more … ]

Los Angeles supervisors to ban commercial wind turbines

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:02:47

The Los Angeles Daily News reports ( ) that the supervisors unanimously approved a draft Renewable Energy Ordinance that updated regulations on small-scale wind and solar projects and utility-scale solar projects. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes Antelope Valley, says many residents have complained of large wind turbines, saying they would destroy their vistas, impeded aerial firefighting, create dust and noise and contribute to health concerns like valley fever. [ read more … ]

A new business model for the electricity sector

By Hal Harvey, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:03:07

We know America’s electricity supply is rapidly de-carbonizing. Renewables generated 13 percent of national power supply in 2014, but Iowa got a third of its electricity from renewables this past March. California will hit 50 percent by 2030, and another dozen states, including South Dakota, Oregon, Colorado and Minnesota, are surging ahead. Cleaner electricity will feed increasingly efficient homes and devices, and these will be increasingly controlled by iPhones, sensors and data centers. Add this all up, and it reveals a new role for utilities: system optimization. [ read more … ]

Iowa ahead in meeting carbon reduction goals

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:03:29

Continued growth of wind energy in Iowa places it ahead of other states in meeting a proposed rule that would require existing power plants to cut carbon emissions, a leader with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Iowa would be required to cut carbon emissions 16 percent by 2030, under the proposed rule. The state’s target is lower than the 30 percent national average because of its investment in renewable energy development and energy efficiency, federal leaders have said. Karl Brooks, the EPA’s regional director, said outcry against the rule, proposed in June, has been less than expected. [ read more … ]

Will Calif.’s ambitious policies to promote electric vehicles sell in other states?

Brittany Patterson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:03:49

From the muscle cars of the 1950s to Volkswagen buses with sandy surfboards strapped to the roof, cars have long been part of the culture of California. Highways and freeways crisscross the state, and drive-ins and drive-thrus grew up there. The state’s latest ambition is to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by switching its car culture from gas guzzlers to electrics. That’s a tall order. California’s transportation sector produces about 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. As the state reaches toward its climate change goals — emissions reductions of 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 — vehicles and emissions reductions will be inextricably tied. [ read more … ]

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