In the news today…
- The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. carbon emissions rose 3.4% in 2018, after three years of declines, as the effects of a strong economy outstripped a sharp decline in the number of power plants burning coal to generate electricity.
- The Washington Post reports that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is asking the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close the remaining coal-fired unit at its Paradise electricity plant.
- Utility Dive reports that FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee will not recuse himself from FERC’s grid resilience proceeding, he said in a Monday letter to Senate Democrats, unless it comes to “closely resemble” the debate over the coal and nuclear bailout proposal he helped craft at the Department of Energy.
- Vox and Forbes report new research shows Colorado could save $2.5 billion by replacing aging coal generation with clean energy including wind, solar, energy storage, and natural gas.
- E&E Greenwire reports Governor Tom Wolf (D) is stepping up the fight against climate change and setting targets to slash Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades in a heavily populated and fossil-fuel-rich state.
- POLITICO Pro reports House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on Tuesday rejected the call for Democratic energy committee members to shun contributions from fossil fuel companies and other industries as too extreme.