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November 4, 2015

EPA rules for new power plants draw states’ lawsuits

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-04 06:41:25

West Virginia and 22 other states challenged U.S. EPA rules for new power plants in court today, marking the latest attack in a multifront war against the agency’s climate change policies. The coalition of 23 states submitted a petition asking a federal appeals court to strike down a new EPA rule that sets the first-ever carbon dioxide emission standards for new and modified power plants. [ read more … ]

Researcher says Michigan could get to 100% renewable energy by 2050

By TRACY SAMILTON , Michigan Radio  •    •  Posted 2015-11-04 06:42:06

A study by Stanford University professor Marc Jacobson says every state in the U.S. could get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2050 – and save money in the process. In Michigan, most of that power would come from the state’s most abundant renewable resource: wind. Forty percent of the state’s electric needs could be met with on-shore wind power, according to Jacobson’s analysis, and 31% from off-shore wind power. [ read more … ]

Montana Rule Hinders Wind Power Projects, Graycliff Wind Energy Tells PSC

By STEVE JESS, Montana Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2015-11-04 06:42:33

A startup that wants to build a 25 megawatt wind farm near Greycliff in Sweet Grass County claims it’s been frustrated at every turn by resistance from NorthWestern Energy and the state’s all-Republican Public Service Commission. Tuesday morning Greycliff Wind Energy appealed to the PSC to throw out an existing state rule that it says the electric utility has used to stymie the efforts of wind power developers. [ read more … ]

The Tough Realities of the Paris Climate Talks

By STEVEN E. KOONIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-04 06:43:23

IN less than a month, delegates from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris to finalize a sweeping agreement intended to constrain human influence on the climate. But any post-meeting celebration will be tempered by two sobering scientific realities that will weaken the effectiveness of even the most ambitious emissions reduction plans that are being discussed. [ read more … ]

Plan to shutter bird-killing Calif. turbines draws skepticism

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-04 06:43:42

The backers of a controversial California wind farm blamed for killing thousands of birds over the past three decades have announced they are shutting down the facility, earning cautious praise and plenty of skepticism from conservation groups and federal regulators. The Altamont Winds project located in one of the nation’s heaviest winter bird migration corridors, Altamont Pass, shut off all 828 wind turbines last weekend. The 83-megawatt wind farm and others in the area are required to shut down from Nov. 1 to Feb. 15, 2016, during the height of the bird migration season.
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