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August 28, 2015

White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:43:12

“It’s why he ran for this office — is that for too long we saw the oil and gas industry exert significant pressure on politicians in Washington, D.C.,” Earnest said from the West Wing. “And that did have an impact on the ability of the federal government to make smart policy decisions in terms of offering preferences to oil and gas companies and not making the kinds of investments that we know we should be making in renewable and clean energy. And that’s — I guess to borrow a phrase — that’s change you believe in.” [ read more … ]

Colo. governor doesn’t see benefit of joining lawsuit

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:43:38

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) today asserted that Colorado will be able to easily meet lower carbon emissions dictated by the Obama administration, and said he did not see the benefit of the state opting into a lawsuit that aims to block the Clean Power Plan. Hickenlooper made his remarks in an appearance at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit. “I don’t think we’re going to have a heavy lift to meet those rules,” Hickenlooper said in a brief speech in which he focused on Colorado’s current energy economy — acknowledging a downturn in oil prices while asserting that “these down-cycles always drive innovation” — and briefly touched on the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Nev. regulators extend net metering in win for Reid

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:44:01

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada voted 3-0 yesterday to approve a measure requiring NV Energy to provide the same net metering rates and credits for rooftop solar customers throughout the rest of the year. The agency’s decision was seen as a reprieve for Silver State solar advocates concerned about rate treatments disintegrating after the state hit its limit on the number of customers allowed to participate in the program, and the state’s largest utility, NV Energy, proposed changes that would reduce the value of the credits. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Energy: GE Is Bringing This Good Thing to Life

By Scott Levine, The Motley Fool  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:45:37

Whereas the first offshore wind farm, located in Denmark, began operations in 1991, it has taken nearly 25 years for the United States to begin construction on its first offshore wind farm. It has taken a long time for the U.S. to catch up, but Alstom and GE are making it happen. GE already has a dominating presence in the U.S. onshore market, and, through its acquisition of Alstom, stands to prosper from the offshore market should it take off. [ read more … ]

Integrating wind, solar into grid is ‘a solved problem,’ report claims

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:45:56

A new report by a research firm argues that the challenge of integrating wind, solar and other renewables into the U.S. electric system is largely a “solved problem” that won’t be as expensive as critics argue. Synapse Energy Economics Inc. asserts that by maximizing coordination between regional electric system operators, taking advantage of renewable generation sites across a broader geographic scale, strategically investing in new transmission and seeking demand-side solutions, grid operators are well-equipped to handle more renewables. And, the report states, it’s likely that the cost of doing so is “relatively small, on the order of $5 per megawatt-hour.” [ read more … ]

California’s $2.2B in cap-and-trade funds begins flowing, boosting rail, housing, clean cars

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-28 06:46:22

California is starting to dole out nearly $2.2 billion generated by its cap-and-trade program to cut carbon emissions, allocating funds to hundreds of projects. Winners include regional rail, electric car rebates and rooftop solar for low-income residents. Revenue from auctions of pollution permits under the system has bolstered the state’s budget. A database compiled by ClimateWire shows for the first time precisely where funds have been directed. It reveals that more than $1.4 billion has been pledged to more than 350 recipients.
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