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October 21, 2015

Power line opponents give renewables their Keystone moment

BY NICHOLA GROOM, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-21 06:42:45

President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan aims for the United States to source 28 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030 – an aggressive goal that will require vast amounts of new transmission. In a March report by the Edison Electric Institute, the utility trade group found that 46 percent of $47.9 billion of U.S. transmission projects planned through 2025 are intended to support renewable energy resources. “It’s very much in line with what we believe this administration is trying to accomplish,” Michael Skelly, Clean Line’s president, of his company’s building plans. [ read more … ]

U.S. Refiners Oppose Linking Subsidies to Repeal of Oil Export Ban

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-21 06:43:17

The top U.S. oil refiner industry group told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday it opposes any subsidies for renewable energy or other interests that would be potentially included in a package to lift the ban on most exports of domestic oil. “I respectfully ask that you oppose any effort to provide subsidies, impose new mandates, or layer on more energy taxes to facilitate lifting the crude oil export ban,” Chet Thompson, the head of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, wrote in a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. [ read more … ]

Refiners oppose exports-for-renewables deal

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-21 06:43:50

Echoing comments by other lawmakers, Heitkamp said she expects a possible deal on crude exports to end up in an end-of-year omnibus package. “I think it is the most likely [vehicle], and at that point the question is what is it that’s going to end up in the omnibus,” she said. But Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) yesterday said the weight of too many add-ons to end the crude export ban could end up sinking a package, noting for example that a tax extenders package that includes green energy credits may move as part of an omnibus as well. [ read more … ]

China steps up efforts to tackle curtailment of renewable energy

By Kathy Chen and Dominique Patton, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-21 06:45:17

“Renewable energy should be given priority, complemented by conventional energy in a local network with peak shaving, in order to reduce the need for constructing grid capacity to export electricity,” said a document released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Though the regions should build more transmission lines to increase outbound capacity, the authority also urged them to attract more energy-intensive industries from China’s east, helping to better absorb the supply of renewable energy locally. [ read more … ]

Canadians oust Stephen Harper, elect prime minister promising big climate shift

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-21 06:44:42

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau — who will be the country’s next prime minister — has pledged to consider greenhouse gas impacts in approving oil pipelines similar to Keystone XL and called for new national climate targets and a ramp up in renewable energy. His policies are expected to be a sharp shift from those of Harper, who withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, cut funding for climate science and renewable energy, and won the derision of environmentalists because of his staunch support for development in the oil sands — the country’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

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