Western state regulators see region ‘ripe’ for collaboration

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

California has also been pushing a more recent initiative to link its entire transmission system to other states. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill earlier this month, S.B. 350, that directs CAISO to study how a regional transmission market would affect the state and then potentially change its governance structure by 2019 to allow in more members with legislative approval. It also raises the state’s renewables portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, up from 33 percent by 2020

Court battles could drag into 2018

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The court fights over U.S. EPA’s plans to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions officially kicked off Friday as opponents rushed to challenge the rule in a federal appeals court. The high-stakes legal brawl promises to include dozens of interested groups including states, industries, labor groups and environmentalists. And it’s almost certain to drag on for months or even years as the appeals court — and possibly the Supreme Court — decide the rule’s fate.

White House, congressional leaders near 2-year deal

Source: Daniel Bush, Hannah Northey and Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporters • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The White House and congressional leaders last night closed in on a broad, two-year budget deal that would increase domestic spending and raise the debt limit through March 2017.
The deal would lift budget caps and boost defense and non-defense spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, ending years of budget wars between the Obama administration and GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate, and would hand outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a victory as he prepares to leave Congress later this week.

Kochs among top donors to industry ally Ryan

Source: Manuel QuiƱones, Geof Koss, Daniel Bush and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now officially running for speaker of the House, is awash in energy industry donations, an indication of his policy views and allegiances. But observers on both sides of the aisle and in the lobbying world are watching whether the policy wonk on issues like entitlements and taxes will have a major impact on energy and environmental policy if, as expected, he succeeds Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker.

Paul Ryan taps GOP power broker David Hoppe for top job

Source: By Robert Costa, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Hoppe, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, currently works as a senior policy adviser at Squire Patton Boggs and as a senior adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit think tank that counts former Democratic and Republican leaders as its founders. A K Street veteran, he previously worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates and at Hoppe Strategies, his own firm.

Apple Cleaning Up Act in China With More Renewable Energy

Source: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads during the past eight years. The world’s most valuable company is working with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy.

Wind power industry catches another breeze

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

The U.S. wind power industry added 1,602 megawatts of new generation during the third quarter of 2015, nearly four times the amount of capacity added in the same quarter of 2014 and the second-highest third quarter since 2012. For the first nine months of 2015, U.S. wind energy capacity expanded by 3,596 MW, placing the industry on track to have its strongest growth year since 2012, according to newly published figures from the American Wind Energy Association.

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.