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October 28, 2015

Green groups jump into legal donnybrook

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-28 06:21:04

U.S. EPA’s allies are jumping into the mammoth lawsuit over the Obama administration’s plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Environmentalists, public health groups and business groups who back the administration’s Clean Power Plan are asking a federal court to allow them to defend EPA as the agency’s critics look to topple the rule. Since the regulation opened up to lawsuits last week, opponents including 26 states and a broad array of industry and labor groups have challenged the rule in court. [ read more … ]

Calif. project seeks 5-year eagle ‘take’ permit

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-28 06:21:43

The Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to allow a California wind farm to incidentally kill up to three federally protected golden eagles over the next five years. The permit would require NRG Yield Inc., which owns the 153-megawatt Alta East Wind Project in Kern County, to retrofit at least 74 area power poles within a year to prevent electrocutions of birds and take other steps to reduce mortality. [ read more … ]

As oil industry bleeds jobs, Asia’s green energy drive offers bright spot

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-28 06:22:07

Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the biggest round of job losses in the oil and gas sector in almost two decades. The boom in new green jobs is being led by Asia where governments in countries such as China and India are embarking on massive programmes to use more renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Energy Storage Industry Gaining Momentum

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-28 06:22:50

When David Vieau left the battery maker A123 in 2013 after it went bankrupt despite having received about $147 million in government money, he didn’t go looking to start another energy storage business. But three years later, he is at it again, as chief executive of Vionx Energy. This time, though, he is pursuing a different strategy. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan duo to launch House battery storage caucus

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-28 06:23:13

A pair of House lawmakers from opposite sides of the country and different parties this week will launch a new caucus focused on energy storage. Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) will officially kick off the Congressional Battery Energy Storage Caucus tomorrow afternoon, during an event featuring the Energy Storage Association and representatives of storage companies. [ read more … ]

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