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January 7, 2016

TransCanada Sues U.S. Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:55:21

TransCanada Corp sued the U.S government on Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XLpipeline, and also plans to seek $15 billion in damages from a trade tribunal. TranCanada’s lawsuit in a federal court in Houston, Texas, called rejection of its permit to build the pipeline unconstitutional. In a separate action under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the company said the pipeline permit denial was “arbitrary and unjustified.”
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National labs find RPS mandates yielding ‘sizable’ benefits

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:55:44

Renewable portfolio standards have “sizable” impacts on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, water use, job creation and the economy, two national laboratories say in a report released today. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory conclude that renewable portfolio standards in 29 states and the District of Columbia resulted in $2.2 billion in benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, assuming a “midrange” scenario and a central value for the social cost of carbon. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy for state renewable portfolio standards yielded sizable benefits

By Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:56:02

A new study estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. [ read more … ]

N.J. positioned to be a leader in wind energy

BY SCOTT FALLON,  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:56:36

New Jersey is in position to generate more power from offshore wind turbines over the next few years than neighboring states, according to a report released by an environmental group Monday. If every regulatory and financial hurdle are met, two major projects in New Jersey could produce 1,700 megawatts by 2020 outpacing Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland, which also have large offshore plans, said the report by Environment America. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind to set sail, studies find

Eric Marx, E&E Europe correspondent  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:57:07

The dawn of a more robust era in offshore wind may be breaking, according to two recent reports on floating wind power that show long-inaccessible deepwater sites with some of the highest winds on Earth now appear to be within reach. One report, a polling result commissioned by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) at its annual conference in November, finds the sector to be already “winning the cost argument” based on simpler installation requirements. It projects electricity generation as low as $93 per megawatt-hour and focuses on construction of floating foundations as the main design challenge. That would be competitive with traditional offshore projects if floating wind reaches commercial-scale deployment in the 2020s. [ read more … ]

States reach for ambitious goals, but industry is skeptical

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:57:40

The so-called ZEV Alliance announced a most ambitious goal late last year: eliminate the sale of traditionally fueled passenger cars by 2050. Comprising California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, British Columbia and Quebec, the Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance was formed to allow states and nations to swap ideas on how to better promote electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Neb.’s rural nature adds twist to compliance planning

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-07 05:58:04

Nebraska epitomizes the tension present in many state governments weighing compliance with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The governor and attorney general of this red state are in litigation with the federal government over the rule to force emissions cuts from power plants. Its environmental regulator and major utilities, however, are doing their precautionary duty to craft compliance options aimed at mitigating possible effects on the state’s electricity ratepayers and reliability. [ read more … ]

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