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October 23, 2015

It’s showtime for legal and Hill battles

Jean Chemnick and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-23 05:12:57

An epic legal battle surrounding the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule formally kicks off today. U.S. EPA is set to publish its Clean Power Plan — a rule to crack down on power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions — in the Federal Register. The bureaucratic move will trigger a flurry of lawsuits and launch what promises to be a lengthy war in the courts over the Obama administration’s regulation. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind Projects Triple for 2015, With Amazon, HP Joining Push

By Alex Nussbau, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-10-23 05:13:28

The US added about 3,600 megawatts of wind power capacity in the first nine months of 2015, almost triple the amount from a year earlier, as businesses and local governments moved to line up their own supplies of electricity. Thirteen wind farms accounted for 3,596 megawatts installed through September, up from 1,254 megawatts a year earlier, according to a report Thursday from the American Wind Energy Association. The 1,602 megawatts added from July through September were almost four times the total in last year’s third quarter, the Washington-based trade group said. [ read more … ]

Black Hills Energy’s southern Colorado wind farm plan OK’d by PUC

By Laura Keeney, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2015-10-23 05:20:20

Black Hills Energy on Wednesday got the go-ahead to build a 60 megawatt wind farm in southern Colorado, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission said. Black Hills, based in Rapid City, S.D., serves about 94,000 customers in Pueblo, Cañon City and other parts of southern Colorado. The proposed project, called Peak View Wind, will place 34 wind turbines on about 31,000 acres in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. [ read more … ]

New study suggests fossil fuel demand is beginning a nosedive

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-23 05:21:14

Successful companies make and sell products that consumers demand, and fossil energy companies have long said demand for their products — particularly from emerging markets — will be strong decades from now. A group of U.K. researchers trying to debunk that notion issued its latest salvo last night. [ read more … ]

MIT opts for fossil fuel ‘engagement’ over divestment

Dylan Brown, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-23 05:20:53

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled its plan to tackle climate change today, but the major research institution’s endowment will not divest from fossil fuels. University President L. Rafael Reif defended the decision not to remove fossil fuel companies from the university’s investment portfolio by arguing climate change is “a global moonshot” only achievable if universities and governments work with industry. [ read more … ]

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