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August 13, 2015

Wind energy is flowing into D.C., but don’t expect your bill to decrease

By Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:46:31

District officials announced Wednesday that the city is now receiving enough electricity from wind power to meet one-third of the local government’s electricity needs under a deal that took effect Aug. 1. The deal, with the Spanish energy company Iberdrola Renewables, supplies city facilities with 125,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually from a wind farm in Pennsylvania, officials said. [ read more … ]

New math of the Clean Power Plan ratchets up anger and burdens of coal states

Jean Chemnick and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:47:12

When U.S. EPA released its long-awaited final Clean Power Plan last week, it was immediately clear that states would face vastly different obligations than they had been preparing for under the 2014 draft rule.

Many coal-heavy states originally faced relatively lax targets, based on a formula EPA had devised to account for current clean energy policies and infrastructure. But the draft rule’s algorithm was left on the cutting room floor and replaced by uniform standards applied directly to fossil-fuel power plants, no matter where they’re located — 771 pounds of carbon per megawatt-hour of power for natural gas plants, and 1,305 pounds of CO2/MWh for coal or oil plants. [ read more … ]

Budget headaches ahead for 8 oil- and gas-dependent states

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:50:04

Eight oil- and gas-producing states are in for some serious economic and budgetary pain this year and next, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are warning. Texas may feel the lightest hit to its economy and should narrowly avoid recession, Dallas Federal Reserve Director of Research Mine Yücel predicted. Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, New Mexico and North Dakota may not be as lucky, as sharp job losses and steeply lower government revenues are presumed.
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Bipartisan Policy’s Grumet says McConnell strategy on EPA plan ‘disappointing’

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:48:17

Is U.S. EPA’s final Clean Power Plan legally vulnerable because it is seen by many as a significant departure from the agency’s proposed rule? During today’s OnPoint, Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the biggest winners and losers following last week’s release of the plan and talks about his organization’s next steps for engaging states on crafting compliance mechanisms. [ read more … ]

EPA chief ‘wouldn’t argue’ with Laurence Tribe

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:55:11

U.S. EPA chief Gina McCarthy doesn’t want to duke it out with Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe about her agency’s new climate rule, but she does think he’s wrong. Asked how she’d respond to Tribe’s criticism that EPA’s climate rule represents a “breathtaking example” of regulatory “overreach,” McCarthy told PBS talk show host Charlie Rose earlier this week, “I’m not a lawyer. And certainly even if I were, I wouldn’t argue with the man.” However, she said, “We have operated under cooperative federalism for the entire time of EPA. This is a total partnership between states and EPA. We’re setting a standard, which is what everybody in the world has been telling EPA to do.” [ read more … ]

Ikea to sell only energy-saving LED lightbulbs

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:51:58

Ikea will no longer sell halogen and ‘energy-saving’ compact fluorescent bulbs from September, when it switches all its lighting sold globally to super efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The move affects over 2.3m bulbs sold by the Swedish furniture chain each year in the UK and an undisclosed number in its markets elsewhere in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. [ read more … ]

France launches tender for floating offshore wind projects

By Geert De Clercq, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-08-13 06:54:35

France has launched a tender for several floating offshore wind turbine projects in what is set to be the first attempt to test this new technology on an industrial scale. French environment agency ADEME on Wednesday posted a tender document inviting companies to submit proposals to build floating wind farms with between three to six turbines each, with a capacity of at least 5 megawatts per turbine in three sites in the Mediterranean and one site off southern Brittany. Portugal and Norway have pioneered the new technology in the past few years with a single floating turbine each, and Portugal plans to build a 25 MW floating wind demonstration farm, but the French project will be the first to test floating offshore wind on a large scale. [ read more … ]

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