White House amplifies feud with Koch brothers

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 28th, 2015

“It’s why he ran for this office — is that for too long we saw the oil and gas industry exert significant pressure on politicians in Washington, D.C.,” Earnest said from the West Wing. “And that did have an impact on the ability of the federal government to make smart policy decisions in terms of offering preferences to oil and gas companies and not making the kinds of investments that we know we should be making in renewable and clean energy. And that’s — I guess to borrow a phrase — that’s change you believe in.”

Wind Power Wins Big Under the Clean Power Plan

Source: By Ben Paulos, Greentech Media • Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Many prognostications have been made about the impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the rules to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, issued on August 3. Despite what you may have heard, EPA doesn’t dictate any particular outcomes, instead deferring to states to develop implementation plans, and those plans aren’t due until 2018. Still, modeling and recent trends point to one big winner: wind power.

Calif. national lab joins energy storage cluster

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The national security-focused Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the latest institution to agree to help the California energy storage industry conduct research. The Energy Department’s LLNL will sign an agreement with the industry trade group CalCharge to make it easier for the group’s members to work with federal scientists, lab officials said yesterday.

North Dakota plans more wind power capacity

Source: By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI • Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

In parallel with the White House, North Dakota said it was planning to connect a 43-turbine wind farm to the grid as part of an “all of the above” strategy. North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley was on hand for a ceremony to celebrate the upcoming completion of the Thunder Spirit wind farm, a 43-turbine wind farm with a maximum capacity of 107 megawatts of power. “The completion of the Thunder Spirit wind farm marks another important milestone in North Dakota’s ‘all of the above’ energy production journey,” Wrigley said in a statement.

Clinton offers rural proposals in Iowa

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

“Iowans are in the future business,” Clinton told about 200 people in a hall at the Des Moines Area Community College. “Just look at the way you have seized opportunities from wind energy to biofuels.” Clinton pledges to invest in rural business and infrastructure by expanding tax credits and grants. Money to help farmers starting out and to promote farmers markets and local foods would double under her plan. Clinton’s campaign did not say how much her proposals would cost or how she would pay for them.

Obama must advance green energy’s ‘quiet revolution’ — report

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The Obama administration must take steps in the coming months to ensure that the unprecedented growth of renewable energy development on public lands continues, according to a report released today by the Center for American Progress. The report from the liberal think tank, co-authored by David Hayes, a former Interior deputy secretary who is now a visiting senior fellow at CAP, outlines a four-point plan to help continue the push to expand solar, wind and geothermal power regardless of who’s elected president next year.

Brown urges Congress to think big on climate, Lake Tahoe

Source: By David Siders, Sacramento Bee • Posted: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) repeated calls to “decarbonize the economy” while speaking at an annual conference on the state of Lake Tahoe yesterday as officials are increasingly concerned about the effect of wildfires on the lake. Because drought conditions increase fire risk, many scientists are concerned that rising global temperatures may worsen both wildfires and the effects of California’s drought.

Reid bashes Nev. utility over rooftop solar stance

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yesterday used the bully pulpit of his annual Clean Energy Summit to lean on his home state’s chief power provider, which is embroiled in a closely watched battle over rooftop solar. Reid repeatedly castigated NV Energy over its position in the rooftop solar fight, which pits the state’s dominant utility against its burgeoning solar industry.

President Obama launches an 11-day ‘climate tour’ to broaden clean energy use

Source: Brittany Patterson, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Federal investment has spurred innovation in solar and wind power technologies, and now is “not the time to pull back on those investments,” President Obama said yesterday. Speaking at the eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit, hosted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Obama touted clean, renewable energy as a way to not only cut emissions that contribute to climate change but also create jobs and grow the economy. For Congress and other naysayers, the president had little patience.

Republicans don’t regret sinking Waxman-Markey

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

In the fierce congressional fight over comprehensive climate change legislation in 2009-10, the Obama administration warned it would act to curb heat-trapping emissions if lawmakers faltered. Enter the Clean Power Plan, U.S. EPA’s regulatory push to overhaul the nation’s power grid.