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November 5, 2015

More States Wade Into Legal Fight on Greenhouse Gases

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-05 06:48:51

A legal battle is brewing in Washington over President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, setting states economically dependent on fossil fuels against those already suffering from longer droughts, stronger storms and higher seas. A coalition of 18 states filed motions Wednesday seeking to defend the Clean Power Plan, responding to lawsuits filed last month against the Environmental Protection Agency. Led by New York and California, they are joined by municipalities and urban counties largely led by Democrats, including New York City, Chicago and South Miami. Twenty-five mostly Republican states, led by Texas and West Virginia, oppose the new carbon-cutting rules as an “unlawful power grab” they claim will kill jobs and drive up electricity costs. Also suing the EPA are several utilities, the National Mining Association and Murray Energy Corp., the nation’s largest privately owned coal company. [ read more … ]

44 states take sides in expanding legal brawl

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-05 06:49:15

Nearly every state has taken a side in the court battle that will determine the fate of President Obama’s signature climate change policy. Yesterday, 18 states led by New York and several cities asked a federal court to allow them to defend U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a rule to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. That pits them against 26 other states and a wide range of industry groups that have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to strike down the rule.

“I can’t recall a Clean Air Act rule, or other EPA rule, that had 44 states in the mix,” said Joe Stanko, an attorney at Hunton & Williams. [ read more … ]

Vestas expects extension of U.S. tax credit in December

By Ole Mikkelsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-11-05 06:49:52

The world’s largest wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems expects an extension of a production tax credit (PTC) for wind farms developers in the United States to be approved before the end of year, its chief financial officer said. “The first approval of the PTC passed greatly in favour of wind. The final outcome is likely to come at the same time as last year, in December,” Marika Fredriksson told Reuters by phone. [ read more … ]

Federal judge tosses out BLM approval of Nev.’s largest project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-05 06:50:27

A federal judge in Nevada has thrown out the Obama administration’s approval of what was projected to be the Silver State’s largest wind power project, ruling that the Interior Department did not properly evaluate potential impacts to golden eagles and Mojave Desert tortoises. [ read more … ]

Coal plant shutdowns drive U.S. emissions to 20-year low

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-05 06:50:58

Carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. electricity production are the lowest in 20 years, according to an analysis released today by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club credited falling CO2 levels to large reductions in coal use driven by the retirement or the proposed retirement of nearly one-third of the nation’s fleet of coal-fired power plants since 2010. [ read more … ]

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