City and State Energy and Climate News

City and State Energy and Climate News

Each month, C2ES provides a roundup of state-level energy and climate news. Each headline below links to the full story at the original news outlet, which is solely responsible for its content.  Additional links to relevant C2ES resources are also provided.

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April 2016

  • New York state enacts electric vehicle consumer rebate program (NRDC Blog)
    Just as Tesla’s Elon Musk unveiled the highly anticipated Model 3 with a sticker price of $35,000, New York state enacted its first EV consumer rebate program. The rebate will offer buyers (both purchasers and leasers) as much as $2,000 for a battery-only electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, or a fuel-cell EV, and will be in addition to the federal electric vehicle tax credit, which provides a credit of up to $7,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle.
    More from C2ES on electric vehicles
  • D.C. sets record for Energy Star buildings (Greenwire – Subscription)
    In its recent annual ranking of cities with the most Energy Star-certified commercial buildings, the Environmental Protection Agency found that Washington, D.C., had 686 such structures, the most ever in a U.S. city. This is the second year the District has topped EPA's rankings. The city's Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) partly attributes the city's benchmarking law, the first of its type nationally.
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March 2016

  • Oregon Governor signs bill to ramp up renewables, end coal use (Governors Wind Energy Coalition)
    Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that raises the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50 percent and ends its reliance on coal-fired power. The measure requires Pacific Power and Portland General Electric Co. to exit out-of-state coal contracts by 2030. It also raises the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040 from the current target of 25 percent by 2025.
    More from C2ES on renewable energy
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February 2016

  • Bipartisan group of 17 governors agree to pursue Clean energy goals (Climatewire – Subscription)
    Governors of 17 states jointly agreed to pursue clean energy goals through the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future.” The accord makes an economic case for expanding cooperation between states on renewable energy, energy efficiency, modernizing the electricity grid, and alternate fuel vehicles
  • New York regulators propose nuclear power mandate in new clean energy plan (Utility Dive)
    Staff of the New York Public Service Commission issued a white paper on a new Clean Energy Standard proposed for the state, calling for utilities to purchase power from several struggling upstate nuclear facilities while also boosting renewables and energy efficiency. According to the white paper, the closure of nuclear plants would have a large negative impact on the state's ability to meet its carbon reduction goal.
    More from C2ES on nuclear power

January 2016

  • Carbon trading finds a foothold in at least 20 states (ClimateWire - Subscription)
    Close to half of states, including many run by Republicans, are hoping to use some form of a carbon market similar to cap and trade to meet federal Clean Power Plan targets. In at least 20 of the 47 states that must meet U.S. EPA requirements, top policymakers or major utilities are pushing for a system where power generators could purchase carbon allowances or credits across state borders as a way to meet EPA's goals. Under the Clean Power Plan, carbon emissions from power plants in the United States would fall 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
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  • RGGI states urge EPA to smooth path to broader carbon trade with flexible platform, mass-based approach (Carbon Pulse)
    Nine Northeastern U.S. states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have urged the EPA to adopt a flexible emissions trading platform for its Clean Power Plan and to encourage other states to take a mass-based approach in their emissions reduction strategies, in order to create a broader carbon market. The RGGI states called for the EPA to adopt a mass-based program for the federal plan, adopt a trading platform that is flexible and customizable, encourage auctioning and reinvestment of auction proceeds, and include new sources in a mass-based program.
  • Lawmakers push for cap and trade energy law with a focus on conservation [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
    A pair of Virginia legislators from opposing parties are trying once again to get the state involved in a regional cap-and-trade program. Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, and Del. Ronald A. Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach say the program would help the environment while raising money to deal with rising sea levels at the coast and fund programs aimed at making homes more energy efficient. McEachin and Villanueva say their bill would generate $250 million in new state revenue if Virginia becomes the 10th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
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  • New York Gov. Cuomo pledges $5 billion for clean energy fund [Bloomberg]
    The funding approved by the New York State Public Service Commission will help attract as much as $29 billion in additional private sector financing. The investments in solar and wind power, energy efficiency and grid modernization will help the state reach Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of getting half New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 133 million tons. That’s the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the road.
    More from C2ES on renewable energy
  • Pennsylvania plans to regulate methane from drilling industry [EnergyWire - Subscription]
    Gov. Tom Wolf's administration will regulate methane released from the drilling industry as part of the state's aggressive campaign to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania has become the second-biggest natural gas producer after Texas in the last decade, as new technology made drilling possible. The state will require companies to check for leaks every three months and use the best available technology to control emissions. New pipeline compressor stations will also come under tighter permitting requirements. For existing oil and gas wells, the state plans to speedily write regulations requiring them to adopt reasonably available control technology.
    More from C2ES on methane emissions