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August 18, 2015

Wash. Gov. Inslee pushes forward carbon cap

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-17 15:17:56

In a move that mirrors President Obama’s recent executive action on climate change, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is pushing forward a cap on carbon emissions under the state’s Clean Air Act after failing to convince the Legislature to approve a market-based program last year. The new proposal would not require legislative action, according to David Postman, a spokesman for the governor. [ read more … ]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

By Clayton Handleman, The Energy Collective  •    •  Posted 2015-08-17 15:18:24

The improvement was no accident. As wind became valued as an important contributor to the Texas generation portfolio, it became apparent that to fully benefit from wind they would need to build transmission lines from where the best generation sites were to the population centers where it would be used. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) set about defining Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and creating an electric transmission plan to assure that the electricity could get from the CREZs to point of use. The transmission lines have now been built and have nearly zeroed out the need to curtail wind generation.
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States aim for conservative judges to hear challenge

Emily Holden and Rod Kuckro, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-08-17 15:18:47

A federal court bid last week by 15 states to block U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan offered few new arguments but illuminated a key legal strategy: retaining the same three Republican-appointed judges who considered an earlier, premature challenge to the regulation. Led by West Virginia, the states asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to take the unusual step of granting an emergency stay of the greenhouse gas standards for power plants. That would put the rules on hold pending the resolution of litigation. [ read more … ]

N.D. hits near-record oil production as prices plummet

Mike Lee, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-17 15:19:13

North Dakota’s oil production grew in June, despite a drop in prices, a combination that could spell trouble for state revenue if it continues. If the price stays low, it could crimp the state’s tax revenue, state Mineral Resources Department Director Lynn Helms said on a conference call with reporters. “We think we’re in a period of sustained low prices for at least two years,” Helms said. “It’s going to be a long, difficult period.” [ read more … ]

Fossil fuel investments responsible for losses of $5B in CA public pension funds

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2015-08-17 15:19:30

California’s public pension funds, CalPERS and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, have lost more than $5 billion from their investments in fossil fuels from June 2014 to June 2015. Many fossil fuel stocks have continued to plunge as oil and coal prices drop, according to an analysis from environmental group 350.org. The report comes as some push forward legislation that would make the funds divest from coal companies. [ read more … ]

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