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  1. U.S. not on track to meet 2025 power plant pollution cutting goal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unless it does more, the United States probably will fall short of goals set under last year's Paris agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a new study. The U.S. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels. But taking into account current efforts by state and local governments, the nation will only reach about four-fifths of that goal, according to a study in Monday's Nature Climate Change. Looking at all types of greenhouse gases from energy and other sources— carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and various fluorocarbons — two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy 's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab figure the U.S. will have to cut about 1,660 million tons of annual emissions. But current, proposed and even less concrete policies would only reduce about 1,330 million tons, leaving a gap around 330 million tons, they calculated. The statistics have large margins of errors of plus or minus of hundreds of million tons. "We can't get there with our current set of policies," said study lead author Jeffrey Greenblatt, a senior scientist at the national lab. "We would fall short of the target if there is no further action." That doesn't mean that the U.S. can't reach its goal, it's just it has to do more and it can, Greenblatt said. He said he was optimistic that with more action the U.S. could come close to the 26 percent goal, if not achieve it. The biggest reduction that Greenblatt and his colleague Max Wei calculate would come from the Obama administration's clean power plan that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, mostly coal. But that plan is on hold in the courts. If it doesn't go into effect, it will be even harder for the U.S. to reach its Paris goal, Greenblatt said. It's also a policy that Republicans, including Donald Trump, have vowed to repeal if they win. Greenblatt and Wei have counted on gains from that policy, but it's still not enough. So how could the U.S. get to its goal? Greenblatt and Wei briefly looked at a dozen possible ways, but none of them individually would bring huge reductions. "I think it's going to be a variety of smallish efforts to get there," Greenblatt said. By looking at sectors besides energy, and at all greenhouse gases — not just carbon dioxide, which has fallen dramatically because of a switch from coal power to natural gas for electricity, mostly because of lower gas prices — Greenblatt's reaches conclusions that are less optimistic than some advanced by others. Six outside experts said the study's conclusions are both correct and not surprising. Even if the courts uphold the Obama power plan, the delay makes it more difficult to cut carbon pollution in time, said MIT management professor John Sterman, who also founded a program that models climate emissions and goals. And the low cost of gasoline is prompting more driving, making it harder to reduce pollution. "The U.S., states and cities will need to adopt more ambitious policies and soon to be able to fulfill our commitment under the Paris agreement," Sterman wrote in an email. But he said what is even more important is that the Paris deal "is not strong enough." "To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the U.S. and an all nations must cut emissions sooner and by more than called for under the Paris agreement," Sterman wrote. "There's simply no time to lose." Nigel Purvis, a top environmental diplomat in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and president of the non-governmental organization Climate Advisers , said that's why the U.S. goals are ambitious: "We didn't know how to get to the moon when JFK declared the moonshot but we worked hard, innovated and succeeded. The next administration will need to do the same to make sure the United States meets its climate goals."

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  2. Utility Company: Natural gas utilities move against new state clean air law

    Several large natural gas utilities in Washington state are taking legal action against the state Department of Ecology over its recently created clean air rule that seeks to combat climate change.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  3. Mexican renewables tender a $4bn success

    Mexico has selected 23 bidders for the development of $4bn worth of renewable energy projects, after a second tender issue.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  4. Court Hearings Begin in Challenge to the Clean Power Plan

    President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan came under nearly seven hours of scrutiny from government, industry and public interest groups Tuesday in the second-highest court in the country.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  1. Prysmian to launch the most powerful cable solution ever for power transmission grids

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  2. Canada approves Pacific NorthWest LNG project

    With 190 conditions, Canada gave its approval to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in western British Columbia.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  3. Biodiesel takes a bite out of the Big Apple's carbon emissions

    The City of New York has taken another significant step in reducing the region's carbon footprint by passing legislation today that incrementally displaces 20 percent of the heating oil sold within the city with cleaner-burning, sustainable, biodiesel.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  4. NYC mayor unveils rooftop solar array at Brooklyn Navy Yard

    City’s new target for solar capacity set to 1,000 MW by 2030, enough to power more than 250,000 homes

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  5. California lawmakers pass bills to spark energy storage statewide

    California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature signed four bills into law that should positively impact energy storage investment in the Golden State 

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  6. Nuclear growth to continue at reduced rate - report

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has released a study showing the upward trend in nuclear power capacity is continuing, but at a reduced rate.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  7. Power Emissions: DC appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

    The federal appeals court in Washington began hearing oral arguments Tuesday in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions .

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  8. NYC Sets New Goals for Energy Storage and Solar Capacity

    New York City has established new long-term goals for energy storage and  solar  capacity and is on track to meeting its existing goals for both technologies.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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