To meet its climate goals, New York City will need a power grid that’s “renewables-based” — not the fossil fuel-dominated grid it has today. That’s the finding of a report issued yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Sustainability. De Blasio has set a goal of cutting the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
The decision over the Clean Power Plan’s legality could hinge on judges’ conclusions about how clearly Congress had to spell out the authority for U.S. EPA to issue the rule. Attorneys who argued the case said today that was one of the most significant issues that arose during yesterday’s nearly seven hours of oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
When President Obama came into office, one of his top priorities was laying down ethics rules restricting lobbyists from serving in the White House. Donald J. Trump isn’t likely to share that concern judging from the team of coal, oil and gas industry lobbyists who are working on his campaign and transition teams tailoring energy and environmental policies for a Trump presidency.
The shortfall of small, distributed solar projects on the grid is not Georgia Power’s fault, the utility said in response to allegations from a solar industry group. The utility is supposed to have 100 megawatts of distributed solar projects on the grid by the end of the year as part of its long-term energy plan that state regulators approved in 2013. The Georgia Public Service Commission approved 65 MW worth of projects, but a state solar industry group said it’s unclear whether the remainder will be vetted and online by December.
Business interest in building a wind farm off Kitty Hawk may be waning as the Oct. 17 deadline for proposals approaches. Five companies expressed interest early in the process, but now one says it hasn’t decided whether to take part in the auction, and another is citing flaws with the site and heading elsewhere.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson agreed when they spoke Monday at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s annual conference that energy policy needs to be included in the national political debate. But the two governors disagreed on a controversial transmission line project that is designed to move wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to western Tennessee. Fallin, the 2016 chairman of the commission, said she supports the $2.5-billion Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project, for which construction is scheduled to start next year.
As part of his job promoting wind energy, Jeff Clark keeps a slide handy with a simple question: “Who Wants Texas Wind?”
The answer reads like a directory of corporate America. There’s Amazon, Facebook and Google. Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. Even Dow Chemical, General Motors and Owens Corning. “It really shows how far renewables have come,” said Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition, based in Austin, Texas. “It is now a very mainstream corporate strategy to look to renewable energy as the ability to add predictability and cost savings to your energy.”
German luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market.
Since energy guru Byron Dorgan left the Senate five years ago, he’s penned two action-packed eco-thriller novels. On top of his writing, Dorgan is working part time as a lobbyist at Arent Fox on issues like the renewable fuel standard. He’s also a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, and he’s serving on several boards, including the board of governors of Argonne National Laboratory.
“OPEC has just demonstrated it is still relevant,” Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions Executive Director Andrew Slaughter wrote in a briefing. “If cuts are even partially implemented this will help move global supply and demand back towards balance, accelerate the decline in global oil stock levels, and confirm that oil prices are on the road to a recovery.”