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Advocates see few benefits for Ohio in Clean Power...

Despite Scott Pruitt’s claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state’s coal-fired power plants. “It doesn’t change the fact that coal-fired power is uneconomic in Ohio right now and that coal plants can’t compete,” said Rob Kelter at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “I see the factors that are...

IEEFA Update: Coal Is Dying, and EPA’s Clean Power...

Energy Policy From Washington Drifts Toward Irrelevance By turning the clock back on American energy policy through reversal of the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — if he succeeds — will end up making electricity for everyday Americans more expensive. And as power bills rise so will the coal industry’s harmful impacts public health and the environment. I say “if he succeeds” because his order will very...

Perry proposes law to force Americans to buy dirti...

Energy Secretary ignores his own grid study to make good on his threats to punish renewables In a brazen move, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ignored the findings of his own grid study and proposed a new federal rule that would effectively force Americans to buy dirtier, more expensive power. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday morning that Perry has “formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory...

6 Ways to Encourage American Solar Manufacturing W...

The U.S. needs solar manufacturing. But not through Section 201. The verdict is in: By unanimous ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission found that increased imports are causing serious harm to U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing. While domestic deployments of solar have grown nearly eightfold in the past five years, U.S. manufacturing has fallen behind. Previous trade cases were intended to stabilize pricing...

Trump Administration May Soon Ax Obama’s Big...

Many expect EPA will reassess the Clean Power Plan to show a higher price tag and smaller benefits U.S. EPA staff under Administrator Scott Pruitt might refute Obama-era findings that reducing carbon dioxide emissions has large health benefits. Credit: Riccardo Savi Getty Images When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be...

5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to...

Recommendations from 25-year industry veteran Thomas Leyden. At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened a presentation on new solar and storage business models by highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in 2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar...

China’s Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to...

China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market led by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp. Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government is working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales. The move...

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Do...

On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells for permanent...

Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

While the industry has generally cheered the administration’s approach, there are growing worries that its efforts could backfire. President Donald Trump’s aggressive drive to roll back environmental regulations is moving too fast even for some in the oil and gas industry. Publicly, petroleum companies and their trade groups are cheering Trump’s efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s environmental...

Donald Trump to scrap rule to protect roads and in...

Republican Carlos Curbelo condemns President’s plans as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘not fiscally conservative’, saying it will lead to taxpayers’ money being wasted. Overshadowed by his decision to describe some of those who took part in the far-right rally in Charlottesville as “very fine people”, Donald Trump announced plans to scrap regulations designed to protect roads and other...

Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump ...

The Trump administration’s attempt to defend one aspect of Barack Obama’s climate agenda failed as a federal court tossed a regulation to limit harmful chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, in a 2-1 decision, ruled Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in prohibiting the use of certain refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. In...

Net metering debates rev up, but regulators are sk...

More regulators are also revisiting net metering successor tariffs, according to a recent report Fights over net metering policies are showing no signs of slowing down in the second quarter of this year. According to the latest quarterly report from North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, there are 42 proceedings in 25 states plus the District of Columbia to increase fixed charges or minimum bills on residential solar...

Indiana’s governor just (May, 2017) signed a law t...

Gov. Eric Holcomb just slashed incentives for rooftop solar. In Indiana, solar employs nearly three times as many people as natural gas, according to the Department of Energy. You might think, given the numbers, that legislators would want to protect the state’s nascent solar industry. You would be wrong. On Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a bill that shreds incentives for rooftop solar, delivering a blow to...

Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only N...

  For Immediate Release, August 1, 2017 Contact: Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (801) 300-2414, tmckinnon@biologicaldiversity.org Nathan Johnson, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-5841, NJohnson@theOEC.org Jen Miller, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, (614) 461-0734 x 300 jen.miller@sierraclub.org Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only...

UK to ban gas and diesel cars by 2040

Electric cars will soon be as cheap as gas ones, “signaling economic turmoil for oil-exporting countries.” The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 to reduce pollution and improve public health, its government is announcing Wednesday. The UK joins a growing list of countries — including India, France, and Norway — with similar plans to phase out fossil fuel-burning cars. Peak oil demand is now...