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Supreme Court puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” By ...

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States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is asking the Supreme Court to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas are leading the group of largely Republican states that on Tuesday asked the high court to immediately bar the Environmental ...

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Renewable energy efforts stymied by transmission

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MOBERLY, Mo. — Mike McKeown opens the back door of his Missouri farm house and is met with a chilly gust. “Stupid wind,” he mutters. Today, the winds that blow through his corn and soybean farm have become more than just an irritant. The homestead in northern Missouri, which his family has owned for nearly 70 years, sits smack in ...

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Critics concerned about some wind farms planned for Texas

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HENRIETTA, Texas — The residents of Clay County gained national attention over the summer when it was announced the county’s new Shannon Wind Farm would power Facebook’s new billion-dollar Fort Worth data center 100 miles to the southeast. Last July, Clay County Judge Kenneth Liggett told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that residents overwhelmingly supported the new wind farm near Windthorst, ...

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Hawaii next center for green energy innovation

Hawaii’s leading the nation in its quest to stamp out oil and gas in favor of renewables. Hawaii Governor David Ige has also effectively refused to use liquefied natural gas as a transition from coal to renewables. Instead, he favors shifting directly to renewables – 100 percent by 2045. This bold move could benefit Hawaii’s economy by fueling investments in ...

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ND regulators approve transfer of wind project to Xcel

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators approved the ownership transfer Monday of an unfinished $300 million wind farm project in the southeastern part of the state to a Minneapolis utility. The Public Service Commission approved the transfer of the Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown from Edina, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy to Xcel Energy. The three-member panel approved the 100-turbine project for ...

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Unlikely allies on energy, Minnesota and North Dakota are pushed to work together under the Clean Power plan

Minnesota and North Dakota may need to make nice over energy policy. The two states have been fighting in federal court for two years over Minnesota’s cross-border restrictions on coal-based electricity. Now, the federal government’s even-more-sweeping regulations to cut coal power plant greenhouse gas emissions are pushing states to work together. “Pretty clearly there are benefits to consumers and power ...

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