EPA’s climate rule bad news for Western coal — EIA

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants could result in markedly less coal production in top-producing regions compared to business as usual, a recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration has found. U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. If the rule takes effect in 2022, EIA projects coal’s continued decline will be felt most acutely in the U.S. West.

Lieu, Whitehouse to denounce ‘deceitful’ fossil fuel campaigns

Source: Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) intend to file concurrent resolutions today accusing fossil fuel companies of using “a sophisticated and deceitful campaign” to erode public understanding of climate change and protect the companies’ business models. Lieu and Whitehouse are among the most vocal critics of fossil fuel companies, and their sister resolutions would codify that frustration.

Another Inconvenient Truth: It’s Hard to Agree How to Fight Climate Change

Source: By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

By just about any measure, the movement to battle climate change has grown so large that the truths of Al Gore’s decade-old movie now seem more mainstream than inconvenient. In Paris in December, 195 nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gases. In the United States, 70 percent of Americans say that climate change is real. Pope Francis has joined the call for action. Hundreds of thousands of people have come together for climate marches in Paris and New York, and demonstrators recently held fossil-fuel protests on six continents. “That’s what I call momentum,” Daniel R. Tishman, the chairman of the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in its recent annual report. “This isn’t just the wind at our backs; these are the winds of change.

What’s Elon Musk’s secret new ‘Masterplan’?

Source: By Paul Wiseman, AP/Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk sent out a mysterious tweet Sunday, saying he is “working on Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, part 2” and is hoping to announce the details this week. The tweet echoes a blog post from August 2006, titled “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me),” in which Musk unveiled the cars that became the Tesla Model S four-door family car and the Tesla 3 sports sedan.

GE Renewable Energy Begins Shipping Its First Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelles to the United States

Source: By Yahoo Finance • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The GE Renewable Energy offshore wind turbine plant in Saint-Nazaire (France) is completing the manufacturing of its first commercial series of Haliade™ Offshore wind turbine nacelles. The five 370-ton nacelles are scheduled to begin their voyage to the United States in the coming days. They will equip the Block Island Wind Farm, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Senate votes to kick off conference talks

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

After weeks of back and forth between the two parties, the Senate this afternoon voted overwhelmingly to launch the first formal energy reform conference in more than a decade.
Senators first voted 84-3 on a procedural motion to end debate on a motion to launch negotiations with the House. The motion then passed by voice vote. Voting followed weeks of discussions between Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

Refiners back bill to stop social cost of carbon calculation

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A refining trade group yesterday put its weight behind legislation introduced last week that would block agencies from taking into account carbon dioxide emissions’ long-term economic damage. In a letter today, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers said it supported the bill by Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) to help ensure “transparency” and “sound science” in executive branch decisions.

Kate Brown to lawmakers: a repeal of Oregon’s low-carbon fuels law is off limits in transportation talks

Source: By Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian • Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

As a committee of Oregon lawmakers tours the state this summer in an effort to build support for a possible 2017 transportation-funding package, there’s one topic Gov. Kate Brown asked them to avoid: a repeal of the state’s low-carbon fuel law. Brown made her expectation clear at a May 4 invitation-only meeting of lawmakers, lobbyists and business executives in Portland, where she said a repeal of the state’s low-carbon fuel law was off the table, according to drafts of her prepared remarks released by the governor’s office and people who attended the meeting.

California Governor Looks to Extend Climate-Change Efforts

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies to meet tougher emissions limits or pay up to exceed them. The program has been one of the most-watched efforts in the world aimed at the climate-changing fuels.

Offshore Wind Power Cost-Cut Plan Gets Boost From Big Utilities

Source: By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Nine of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developers joined with the Scottish government to fund a 7.9 million-pound ($10.3 million) study aimed at curbing the costs of the expensive renewable energy technology. Companies including Dong Energy A/S, EON SE, Iberdrola SA and RWE AG, will together invest at least 6.4 million pounds over the next four years to fund the research and development of new technologies. The Scottish government will pitch in another 1.5 million pounds, according to a joint statement Monday.