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DOI Secretary Jewell Announces Two Utility-Scale Solar Projects in California and Nevada

Posted in California, Electric Power, Federal, Land Use, Renewables
Secretary Jewell, of the Department of Interior, announced approval of two utility-scale solar projects located on the California-Nevada border. The Stateline Solar Project will be located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California, and supply 300-megawatts of renewable energy to power 90,000 homes and create an estimated 400 jobs during constructions and 12 … Continue Reading

California Low Carbon Fuel Standards Survive Ninth Circuit Petition for Rehearing

Posted in California, Climate Change, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Rulemakings
On January 22nd, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined petitions to reconsider their decision upholding of enforceability of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  The petitions were spearheaded by various trade groups and energy groups, including the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, who argued that the LCFS’s strict … Continue Reading

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to Lower Emissions Cap

Posted in Cap and Trade, Climate Change
As predicted earlier, the U.S. Northeast’s cap-and-trade program, RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) will reduce its cap, which was above current pollution levels.  The inflated cap depressed the RGGI permit price for carbon credits to under $2, way below the projected $20-$30 (causing New Jersey’s Chris Christie to pull New Jersey out of RGGI).  The … Continue Reading

Court Rejects Challenge to California’s Carbon Offsets Program

Posted in California, Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Litigation
A California state judge in San Francisco has rejected a challenge to California’s carbon offsets program, ruling that regulators have the authority to include the mechanism in the cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled Friday that the state Air Resources Board was authorized to use offset protocols under the guidelines … Continue Reading

California GHG Emissions Auction Part of the Cap and Trade Program Challenged by the Chamber

Posted in California, Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Renewables
California’s largest business lobby filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to invalidate California’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowance auction (part of the California cap and trade program) scheduled for today.  The California Chamber of Commerce asserts that AB 32, California’s global warming law, did not authorize the state to raise funds by allocating GHG emissions … Continue Reading