States, industries launch legal assault

Source: Robin Bravender and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

The legal onslaught against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan kicked off Friday as 25 states, industry and labor groups challenged the rule in court. Friday’s formal publication of the U.S. EPA rule to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions triggered a 60-day deadline for challenging the rule in court. A coalition led by West Virginia filed a petition challenging the rule on behalf of 24 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

New study suggests fossil fuel demand is beginning a nosedive

Source: Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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.

MIT opts for fossil fuel ‘engagement’ over divestment

Source: Dylan Brown, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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.

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

Source: By Laura Keeney, Denver Post • Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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.

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

Source: By Alex Nussbau, Bloomberg News • Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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.

It’s showtime for legal and Hill battles

Source: Jean Chemnick and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters • Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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.

Google’s newest renewable energy investment: Africa’s biggest wind farm

Source: By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Google has made a reputation for itself in recent years as a major investor in renewable energy. And, the company announced its newest investment: a wind power project in Kenya that, when completed, will be the continent’s biggest wind farm. The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which broke ground in July, is expected to generate 1,400 gigawatt-hours of power per year, or 15 percent of the country’s electricity consumption, according to a fact sheet from Vestas, one of the project’s co-developers. The project will include 365 wind turbines, spread along the shore of Kenya’s Lake Turkana.

Procter & Gamble to Run Its Factories With Wind Power

Source: By RACHEL ABRAMS, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Procter & Gamble has found a new source for making Tide detergent: wind. The global consumer products giant is teaming up with EDF Renewable Energy to build a wind farm in Texas that it says will power all of its North American plants that manufacture home care and fabric products. Those facilities make some of the company’s best-known household items, including Tide, Febreze and Mr. Clean. It is Procter & Gamble’s biggest foray into wind power, and is the latest in a burst of partnerships between major American corporations and renewable energy companies.

A renewable energy success story above the Arctic Circle

Source: Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

An autumn rainstorm was moving across the Kotzebue Sound in late September as Matt Bergan stopped by the power plant to check how much renewable electricity was flowing into this northeastern coastal community. Four miles outside town, 19 wind turbines were spinning steadily in the breeze, producing 60 to 65 percent of the power being used by the city’s 3,200 residents.

Kerry touts ‘enormous progress’ toward U.N. deal

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry said today the administration has learned from the mistakes of the past and is laying the groundwork for a “durable” climate agreement in Paris. Speaking at a climate and clean energy event for private-sector stakeholders at the State Department, Kerry said his aim in working for last year’s bilateral agreement with China — which is seen to have injected new life into the United Nations negotiations — was to “try to change what prompted the failure in Copenhagen.”