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Policy News: June 17, 2019 17.6.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: NSF BIO Advisory Committee Considers NEON User Engagement, No-deadline Policy A subcommittee tasked with understanding the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) user engagement recommended the formation of a separate entity for community user engagement. Member Opportunities Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. Congress House Science Committee holds hearings on IPBES Global ...
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Besides Buying Renewables, How Can Companies and Cities Create a Greener Grid? 17.6.2019 WRI Stories
Besides Buying Renewables, How Can Companies and Cities Create a Greener Grid? Comments|Add Comment|PrintBuying renewable energy is just one of several ways to help green the electricity grid. Photo by Oran Viriyincy/Flickr. Corporations have driven much of the recent U.S. investment in renewable energy, collectively procuring more than 16 gigawatts of new capacity since 2014, enough to power roughly 5 million homes for a year. Commercial and industrial energy users represent more than 60% of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Jay Inslee's 2020 plan: Become president, save the planet 17.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The heap of ashes behind Jay Inslee used to be an acute-care center in Paradise, Calif.

Now it was a backdrop for the message the Democrat was about to bring to the 2020 presidential campaign trail — the message he has embraced for more than two decades.

“We can’t allow climate deniers in the White...

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California needs a big pot of money for wildfires. But how big? And who pays? 17.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

California leaders are calling for a giant pot of money to help electricity providers pay for wildfires, a critical move to head off another utility bankruptcy and prevent Wall Street from downgrading the state’s utilities again.

But it could prove difficult to achieve in Sacramento this year.

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California’s wildfire commission delivers its reform plan, only to be promptly ignored 17.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The five members of the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery were given no small task: Dive into the highly wonky issues of electric utilities, finance and insurance to come up with a fair and workable plan to spread the cost of future wildfires caused by power lines. And do it...

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Trump Administration Official Repeatedly Consulted with Climate Change Deniers on Climate Policy 15.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"It's the equivalent to formulating anti-terrorism policy by consulting with groups that deny terrorism exists," Nisbet told the AP.
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Obamacare still lives, but Trump’s rule on HRAs may remake health insurance in U.S. 15.6.2019 LA Times: Business

President Trump’s attempt to transform American health insurance is almost complete.

Twenty months ago, frustrated after attempts to repeal Obamacare fell apart in the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump pledged to use executive power to do what Congress failed to legislate. An executive order...

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DWP chief David Wright to step down as scrutiny grows over ratepayer settlement 14.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

David Wright, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power since 2016, will step down Oct. 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said Friday.

His planned departure follows new controversy over the $67-million settlement in 2017 of a class-action lawsuit brought by DWP customers who...

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Boulder makes final $82 million offer to Xcel 14.6.2019 Denver Post: Business
Boulder on Wednesday made a final offer of $82 million to Xcel Energy to acquire its assets in the city’s bid to create its own municipal electric utility.
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Utilities energy storage growing like gangbusters 14.6.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Commercial and industrial behind-the-meter storage just had its best quarter yet.
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Ex-GOP Congressman Slams Trump's Foreign Dirt Remarks, Says Republicans Must Condemn the President 13.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"If they don't condemn it, then of course they are being disloyal to their country, and choosing instead to be loyal to Donald Trump," MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said.
Drone at work: Utility using machines to build power lines 13.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Xcel officials say drones will save time and money while increasing safety and reducing the environmental impact from heavy equipment.
New and better way to assess the climate impact of new pipelines 12.6.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New and better way to assess the climate impact of new pipelines
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Four U.S. states scoring under-the-radar clean energy wins 12.6.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
And they're not the only ones advancing renewables in creative ways this year.
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Despite Trump’s ‘burn, burn, burn’ policies, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s 11.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

You probably didn’t notice, but April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal.

Yes, that’s a good thing. Not good enough, mind you, to save us from the worst effects of climate change from global...

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Zero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small islands 11.6.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Island states like Barbados, with a high tourist population and need for resilience, can test the transition to electrifying everything.
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Weld County pounces on local control in wake of new state oil and gas law 11.6.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Weld County let it be known on Monday that there's more than one way to interpret Senate Bill 181 -- Colorado's new sweeping oil and gas law giving local governments appreciably more power to regulate energy extraction.
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Utilities in fire-weary California strategize for the long, hot summer 10.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

With temperatures soaring and strong winds blowing through forests across Northern California over the weekend, rural areas in the Sierra Nevada foothills plunged into darkness after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. shut off high-voltage transmission lines to avoid sparking wildfires.

The first formal...

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Senate Minority Leader Costa Circulates Co-Sponsor Memo Ahead of Key Climate Legislation for Pennsylvania 6.6.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Senate Minority Leader Costa Circulates Co-Sponsor Memo Ahead of Key Climate Legislation for Pennsylvania
The energy sector needs to stop seeing blockchain as a disruption 6.6.2019 GreenBiz.com
Let's take a look of what's really evolving in energy, and seize the opportunities.
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