U.S. Energy News

Carbon tax plan faces headwinds in Congress

CLIMATE: A Florida congressman plans to introduce legislation that would pause federal climate change regulations in exchange for a carbon emissions tax. (E&E News)

ALSO:
Koch Industries is backing a House resolution opposing carbon taxes. (The Hill)
• A recent study finds that carbon taxes will have minimal impact on the economy. (The Guardian)
• A New York conservation group is suing FERC over a policy to limit its consideration of climate impacts when approving natural gas infrastructure projects. (E&E News)

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TRANSMISSION: The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously rules that state regulators erred in rejecting the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, sending it back for reconsideration. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND:
• The developer behind Rhode Island’s Block Island Wind Farm is ramping up development on three more offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (Associated Press)
• “I just don’t want them.” Some residents complain about the growing number of wind turbines in central Iowa. (WHO-TV)

RENEWABLES:
In a rural Virginia community where renewables have provoked backlash, a renewable energy expo offers a showcase for clean energy. (Energy News Network)
Denver’s mayor lays out an ambitious plan to get 100 percent of the city’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Colorado Independent)
• Researchers say proposed legislation requiring Massachusetts to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050, is necessary and “absolutely” achievable. (WBSM)

SOLAR: Massachusetts has seen a 246-fold increase in solar electricity since 2007, according to a new report. (Framingham Source)

COAL: Restoring former Illinois coal mines is proving difficult in some cases as state regulators struggle to trace reclamation funding. (Energy News Network)

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GEOTHERMAL: Washington researchers will drill holes in some of the state’s volcanoes in an effort to explore their potential geothermal energy. (The Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY:
Analysts from the Rocky Mountain Institute rebut a study claiming that electric cars will increase pollution. (Greentech Media)
Three charts show why electric car growth will continue. (Quartz)
• California shouldn’t enter what amounts to a high-risk game of regional power politics by expanding its grid, say two local editorial boards. (The Mercury News and East Bay Times)

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