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States face roadblocks on path to lower tailpipe emissions

By Maxine Joselow | ClimateWire Link to article Amid efforts by the Trump administration to roll back climate change regulations, several blue and purple states have sought to strengthen their own rules. But they’ve faced significant obstacles. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the case of Obama-era clean car standards. In April 2018, […]

Trump administration set to approve NV Energy’s 690 MW solar farm, largest in US

By Catherine Morehouse | Utility Dive Link to article The Trump administration intends to approve siting for the largest solar farm in the United States, a 690 MW facility that will also include 380 MW of 4 hour battery storage. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final environmental impact statement for the project on Monday, following […]

Amid shut-off woes, a beacon of energy

By Scott Wilson | The Washington Post Link to article   BLUE LAKE, Calif. — After months of wildfires, an essential question in a warming, windy California is this: How does the state keep the lights on? A tiny Native American tribe, settled here in the Mad River Valley, has an answer. Build your own […]

Trump administration says it will approve largest U.S. solar farm

By Sammy Roth | The Los Angeles Link to article The Bureau of Land Management published the final environmental analysis for another large Riverside County solar project, Desert Quartzite, in September, but has not yet issued an official “record of decision.” Link to article

Your clean cars questions, explained

By Maxine Joselow | Green Wire / E&E News Link to article You’ve probably heard the term “clean car rules.” But do you know what it actually means? Here are answers to some common questions about the climate rules for automobiles. Where did the rules originate? Former President Obama can reasonably claim credit for the […]

A Coal Baron Funded Climate Denial as His Company Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

By Lisa Friedman | New York Timess Link to article WASHINGTON — As his coal mining company hurtled into bankruptcy, Robert E. Murray, the former chief executive, paid himself $14 million, handed his successor a $4 million bonus and earmarked nearly $1 million for casting doubt on man-made climate change, new court filings show. The […]

California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article Bill Brand spent two decades fighting to get the waterfront power plant in Redondo Beach torn down and replaced with a public park. Until recently, he was sure he had won. Regulators had set a deadline of Dec. 31, 2020, for owner AES Corp. to […]

How California can wake from the wildfire-blackout nightmare

By Nat Kreamer and Mark Ferron | CalMatters Link to article The wildfires and blackouts that have blighted our state are causing many Californians to question utility motivations, the effectiveness of regulators to protect citizens’ interests, and, ironically, the clean energy and grid investments that mitigate wildfire risk and improve electricity system reliability. To break […]

Los Angeles wants to build a hydrogen-fueled power plant. It’s never been done before

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article As Los Angeles weans itself off the last of its coal-generated electricity, the city needs to replace that fuel with a climate-polluting natural gas plant in Utah, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff insisted Tuesday. But they also pledged the facility would eventually […]