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September 22, 2015

Senate Democrats to unveil broad legislation

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:33:45

“The bill addresses the need for new jobs, updated infrastructure and technological innovation,” it said. “Specifically, the proposal includes programs essential to renewed economic growth in the energy sector that empower consumers, modernize infrastructure, cut carbon pollution and waste, invest in clean energy technologies, and support research and development.” [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats to Unveil Aggressive Climate Change Bill

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:34:09

Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday plan to unveil a measure intended to signal their full-throated support of President Obama’s aggressive climate change agenda to 2016 voters and to the rest of the world. The Democrats hope that the bill, sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, will demonstrate a new unity for the party on energy and climate change, and define Democrats’ approach to global warming policy in the coming years. The measure would establish as United States policy a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent each year through 2025 — a cut even larger than the target set by the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Washington state to write new rule to limit carbon pollution

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:39:13

The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed capping greenhouse gases from the state’s 35 largest emitters, rolling out a new rule-making process months after Gov. Jay Inslee failed to get legislation passed on his ambitious cap-and-trade plan. The agency began writing a rule to limit — and reduce over time — the amount of heat-trapping gases from the state’s largest industrial facilities, including power plants, refineries and landfills. “The governor asked us to take action because we have too much at stake,” Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a call with reporters. She cited drought and devastating wildfires as “sobering examples” of what will happen if the state fails to act. [ read more … ]

Washington to set carbon pollution limits to help slow climate change

By Camille St. Onge, Washington Department of Ecology  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:39:35

In July 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee directed Ecology to strengthen existing air pollution rules and set limits on greenhouse gases to help meet emission reductions passed by the Legislature in 2008. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at stake to wait any longer for action on climate change. “This year’s record-setting drought and wildfires are sobering examples of what our future could look like if we don’t take action on climate change,” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “We need to do our part to protect what we have for future generations. We can’t afford the cost of inaction.”
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Provision in Calif. bill a ‘big, big deal’ for Western power markets

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:40:06

S.B. 350, better known for raising the Golden State’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030 and a bruising battle by oil companies to prevent it from including a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use, also contains language that would broaden the authority of state electricity market regulators, a move aimed at encouraging electricity trading across the West. Brown’s office inserted language just before the bill’s passage last week that would change the governance of the California Independent System Operator, the state-founded nonprofit that administers the electricity grid, and would allow other transmission-owning organizations to join it. If the bill is signed by Brown, the move could usher in a West-wide electricity market, which hasn’t been entertained since California’s energy crisis of 2000-01. Most of the rest of the country is organized under regional transmission organizations, but not the West. [ read more … ]

A Tale of Two Regions

By America’s Power Plan  •    •  Posted 2015-09-22 06:40:42

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC, which includes Western states and some Canadian provinces) and Texas have both seen healthy growth in wind power over the last decade. But since 2013, wind build-out in the Western U.S. states has slowed down while Texas wind continues to flourish. The lesson for transmission planning is clear: if you build it, wind will come. [ read more … ]

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