- Typical industry scenarios see coal, oil and gas use growing by 30% to 50% and still making up 75% of the global energy supply mix in 2040, but none take into account the potential for reducing fossil fuel demand as ever-more countries seek to ‘decarbonize’ their economies, according to a new Carbon Tracker Initiative report. [National Observer]
- The EPA officially issued the Clean Power Plan, regulations on power plants to cut carbon emissions part of the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions by more than 30% by 2030. The plan requires each state to create an effective plan to meet emissions cuts at power plants, but 24 states will fight the new rules in court. [Voice of America]
- Friday’s 24-state lawsuit seeking to block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan showed a rift between Colorado’s governor and attorney general. Governor Hickenlooper supports the EPA plan, but Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will fight it. Some accuse her of being unduly influenced by the fossil fuel industry. [The Colorado Statesman]
- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been a forceful proponent of renewable energy during his three terms in office. But a recent proposal by Ranger Solar LLC to construct 20-MW solar arrays in six Vermont communities, Ludlow, Brandon, Highgate, Randolph Center, Irasburg, and Sheldon, is going too far, he said. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
- Xcel, the Minneapolis-based utility that serves eight states, is receiving bids for 20-year power-purchase agreements at about $25/MWh for wind energy, according to its CEO. While gas prices are close to historic lows, he doesn’t see them remaining there forever, and expects prices for gas-generated electricity to be closer to $32/MWh. [Bloomberg]
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