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October 13, 2015

Supreme Court to host high-stakes duel over energy rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:02:34

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday over a federal rule requiring that electricity providers give financial incentives to customers who slash power use in times of high energy demand. The fight over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s demand-response rule will likely be the year’s most important energy case. “The stakes are really, really high,” said David Goldberg, an attorney representing environmental groups that back the rule. “It’s part and parcel to very important changes that have happened in energy regulation and energy provision, and is very, very important to the future of our nation’s energy supply because this is a dynamic, flexible method.” [ read more … ]

NREL cutting four percent of workforce, lays off solar researchers

By Alicia Wallace, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:03:16

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden this week laid off 15 solar energy researchers and notified its workforce of plans to reduce its staff by another 50 to 60 people via buyouts, officials confirmed Wednesday. The cuts — which would amount to less than 5 percent of NREL’s 1,600 person Colorado workforce — were triggered by the U.S. Department of Energy reducing funding and shifting the priorities of its solar research program, NREL spokesman George Douglas said. The employees laid off Monday were engaged in long-term fundamental research. [ read more … ]

Surge in Texas wind power may come to a standstill

By Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:03:52

Texas is a “big success story” for the company, he said, but future projects are up in the air. “There’s no doubt the wind industry needs stability,” Burkhartsmeyer said. “We’re making 25-year commitments.” [ read more … ]

Clock is ticking for US offshore wind industry, developer says

By Michael Copley, SNL  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:05:43

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski likes to hold up a chart showing an eight-year period, from 1993 through 2000, when Europe’s offshore wind industry hardly existed. The point, says the chief executive in charge of building the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S., is that while Europe now dominates the global offshore wind market, with more than 10,300 MW of installed capacity and another 4,200 MW under construction, developers there faced the same slow, frustrating start that the U.S. is trying to overcome. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Exxon’s Climate Concealment

By NAOMI ORESKES, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:06:13

MILLIONS of Americans once wanted to smoke. Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were. Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead. The same thing has happened with climate change, as Inside Climate News, a nonprofit news organization, has been reporting in a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil dating from the 1970s and interviews with former company scientists and employees. Had Exxon been upfront at the time about the dangers of the greenhouse gases we were spewing into the atmosphere, we might have begun decades ago to develop a less carbon-intensive energy path to avert the worst impacts of a changing climate. Amazingly, politicians are still debating the reality of this threat, thanks in no small part to industry disinformation. [ read more … ]

Global Climate Pledges Not Enough but Good Start-European Commission

By Aziz El Yaakoubi, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-13 07:06:36

National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 degrees Celsius rather than the 2 degrees targeted to avoid dangerous consequences, the European Commission said on Monday. European Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said 149 countries had submitted pledges known in U.N. language as INDCs, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, ahead of pivotal climate change talks in Paris in December. [ read more … ]

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