Environment

“The Clean Energy Age Is Launching.”

Today, the EPA issued the rules to implement the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The rules will set the country’s first national limits on climate pollution from electricity generation.

Obama Power Plant Rules Spark 2016 Fight Over Climate Change

The president unveiled the plan at the White House Monday, calling it the “single most important step” the U.S. has taken to combat a major global threat. The Obama administration itself estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030, though the actual price won’t be clear until states decide how they would reach their targets. Republicans cast the measure requiring states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030 as unnecessary and costly White House overreach that will raise energy costs for Americans.

Water Quality Rules Might Be Up to Feds After Inslee Drops Rewrite

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday scrapped a major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules, opening the door for the federal government to impose its standard on the state. Chris McCabe worried the EPA could set a standard that businesses cannot meet. That could cause them to lose permits needed to discharge into waterways.

Judge Says Port of Seattle Free to Host Shell Rigs

The much-disputed lease of Port of Seattle property as a base for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet was affirmed Friday by a King County Superior Court judge who ruled that the Port didn’t need to conduct an environmental review to use Terminal 5 for that purpose. The decision comes just two weeks before a hearing examiner will consider a similar challenge to the lease by the city of Seattle.

Which Is Cheaper — Rooftop Solar Or Utility-Scale Solar?

The study found that the cost of generating energy from 300 MW of utility-scale PV solar is roughly one-half the cost per kWh of electricity produced from an equivalent 300 MW of 5kW residential-scale systems when deployed on the Xcel Energy Colorado grid. The study also concluded that 300 MW of PV solar deployed in a utility-scale configuration avoids approximately 50% more carbon emissions than an equivalent amount of residential-scale PV solar.

Eleven Maps That Explain Energy in America

Wind has been rising fast, albeit from a low base. In 2008, wind provided just 1 percent of the nation’s electricity. That’s gone up to 4.9 percent in the first half of 2015 as turbines have sprouted up around the country. For all the hype it gets, solar power still plays only a small role in the US energy system — providing around 0.6 percent of electricity in the first half of 2015.

Sources: EPA Will Ease Deadlines on Pollution Rule to Help States Comply

The Environmental Protection Agency will give states an additional two years — until 2022 — to begin phasing in pollution cuts, even as the agency toughens the standards that many states will ultimately have to meet. The revelations come less than a week before the administration is expected to announce the final version of the regulation.

Governor’s Bold Move Puts Washington on Track for Meaningful Climate Action

As founding partners of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, Climate Solutions, Washington Conservation Voters, and Washington Environmental Council are committed to working for climate action that is effective, equitable, and ensures a just transition to a clean energy future. Our organizations successfully advocated for limits on climate pollution adopted by the Legislature in 2008. Now, the Governor will put the force of law behind these limits.

Bypassing Legislature, Inslee Turns to Executive Action on Climate Change

Taking a page from President Barack Obama, Gov. Jay Inslee is bypassing reluctant lawmakers to combat climate change through regulation. But he opted against pursuing a low-carbon fuel standard that would have jeopardized mass-transit funding. The Democratic governor told his administration Tuesday to develop a cap on emissions of greenhouse gases so Washington can meet its commitment to cut 1990-level emissions in half by 2050.