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Five Years Later, FERC Takes Another Look at Order 1000

Source: By Rory Sweeney • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

FERC’s technical conference last week on Order 1000’s performance produced a mix of feedback, with some participants suggesting complete overhauls of the landmark rule and others saying it’s too early to tell if any changes would be useful. But nearly every participant urged the commission to improve transparency in transmission planners’ decision-making processes

Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

John Podesta, a former senior counselor to Mr. Obama who is now the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, is an architect of both the Obama and Clinton climate change plans. In crafting them, Mr. Podesta, an ardent environmentalist and a seasoned political operative, sought to take substantive action to reduce emissions without turning to Congress, where climate legislation would most likely again be doomed.

EDP Says Brexit Could Delay Go-Ahead for Scottish Wind Energy Project

Source: By Daniel Alvarenga and Andrei Khalip, Reuters • Posted: Friday, July 1st, 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European union could delay the Moray Firth offshore wind energy project in Scotland owned by the renewables unit of Portugal’s Energias de Portugal-EDP, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday. Antonio Mexia told reporters that Britain’s Brexit vote last week has generated a lot of uncertainty that could complicate authorisation of the 1,116 MW, project to go ahead. The Moray project’s planned generation capacity would be enough to meet the electricity needs of 700,000 households.

Southeast emissions could rise without renewables — study

Source: Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

he Southeast runs the risk of increasing carbon emissions while trying to comply with the Clean Power Plan if states add natural gas generation to meet demand without offsetting it with renewables and energy efficiency, according to a new study from Georgia Tech. This is because the region likely will shutter the largest number of coal units to meet U.S. EPA’s rule, which broadly requires a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants by 2030.

Google Buys 12-Year Output From Norwegian Wind Power Farm

Source: By Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Google has bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind power farm to supply its European data centers with renewable energy, its developers said on Thursday. Norway’s Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind power farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, and when built it would become the largest wind power farm in the Nordic country.

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy

Source: By SUMMER BALLEN, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind energy project, despite objections from landowners and concerns from state regulators. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners agreed to what the Democratic governor described as landowner protections if it gets approval for the power line that would make some electricity available for state utility companies, Nixon said. “With these new protections for landowners and millions of dollars in savings for consumers, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a good deal for Missouri,” Nixon said in a statement. “In addition to reducing energy costs, this $500 million construction project will also boost our economy and create good-paying jobs.”

Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto Focus on Climate, Both Political and Global

Source: By MARK LANDLORD, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

With the gothic spires of Canada’s Parliament as a backdrop, Mr. Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico announced a landmark agreement on climate change and extolled the benefits of a Pacific Rim trade agreement. But it was the charged words in the American election and Britain’s departure from the European Union that seized most of the attention.

White House aligns with Canada, Mexico on emissions plan

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The White House today formally announced an “action plan” with Canada and Mexico to address climate change that goes beyond this week’s earlier announcement that the three nations will draw 50 percent of North America’s power from no carbon sources by 2025. The United States, Mexico and Canada committed to further boosting clean energy, curbing heat-trapping refrigerants and joining an international mechanism to reduce the aviation sector’s carbon footprint.

Controversies can wait for conference — Murkowski

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As the clock ticks down to recess, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said none of the controversial provisions in the House-passed energy package is being “singled out” ahead of a possible conference committee to merge each chamber’s reform bill. Rather than ticking through a list of controversial provisions that could sink the effort, the Alaska Republican said she and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) were laying out a process to tackle the disagreements in conference.

Siemens freezes new UK wind power investment following Brexit vote

Source: By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Siemens is putting new wind power investment plans in the UK on hold due to uncertainty caused by last week’s Brexit vote, the Germany energy company has told the Guardian. A £310m manufacturing hub in Hull that employs 1,000 people will not be affected by the decision, and should still begin producing blades and assembling turbines next year. But Siemens, one of the few firms to openly back a Remain vote, will not be making new investments until the future of the UK’s relationship with Europe becomes clearer.