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September 3, 2015

Obama Takes Climate Message to Alaska, Where Change Is Rapid

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-03 06:23:03

In this native village situated on a gravel spit above the Arctic Circle, life is changing more quickly than the Alaskans who have lived off the land and water here for thousands of years can keep pace with. “The ice is the biggest thing,” said Dominic Ivanoff, 28, a leader of Kotzebue’s tribal council. He used to need two foot-long auger extensions to cut holes through the thick ice when he went fishing in April. Now, he said, the ice is thin enough that he needs none. [ read more … ]

$113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle

By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2015-09-03 06:25:34

The new waterfront terminal in New Bedford was supposed to be teeming with activity by now, a staging ground for a massive wind farm in Nantucket Sound. But with a cancellation of a lease by Cape Wind, the 28-acre site has instead remained largely idle this summer. Efforts by the quasi-public Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to hire a company to position the property for cargo shipping are also taking longer than anticipated. [ read more … ]

Mich. to write compliance plan even as AG seeks stay of rule

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-03 06:23:35

Michigan’s Republican governor yesterday announced the state will craft its own plan to comply with U.S. EPA’s new requirements to curb power plant emissions, even though the state’s attorney general has joined a group petitioning for an emergency stay of the rule. “The best way to protect Michigan is to develop a state plan that reflects Michigan’s priorities of adaptability, affordability, reliability and protection of the environment,” Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said in a statement. “We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing, not leave them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.” [ read more … ]

Energy Storage Surging as More U.S. States Look to Batteries

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-09-03 06:25:04

The use of energy-storage systems is surging in the U.S. as power companies show increasing interest in the technology designed to backstop wind and solar farms and smooth out electricity flowing to the grid. Companies deployed 40.7 megawatts of storage capacity in the second quarter, the most in more than two-and-a-half years and a ninefold increase over the same period a year earlier, according to a study released Wednesday by Boston-based GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association.
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