NRG closes three power plants in Southern California amid power glut

by Samantha Masunaga, LA Times In another sign of the state’s power glut, three Southern California gas-fired power plants owned by a subsidiary of energy firm NRG Energy Inc. will close over the next few months. The NRG Etiwanda Generating Station in Rancho Cucamonga, which began operations in 1962, will be retired as of June […]

3 dozen shareholder climate resolutions target oil, gas and power companies

by David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News When a group of investors asked Noble Energy, Inc., to report on the risks climate change poses to its business, the company’s response put on display how the Trump administration’s pro-fossil-fuel stance is swaying the perennial debate. Similar resolutions brought by concerned shareholders have won increasing investor support since the […]

Teenagers defeat Trump’s move to kill climate change lawsuit

by Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg A group of 21 youths who accuse the U.S. government of failing for decades to properly address climate change defeated the Trump administration’s attempt to keep the dispute out of court. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that a novel and sweeping case, which the Obama administration […]

Thin film solar manufacturer speeds ahead as tariffs hinder the competition

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media President Trump’s new tariff on imported solar equipment has provided a golden opportunity for thin-film solar manufacturer First Solar. The company went out on a limb years ago by bucking the trend toward crystalline-silicon photovoltaics, and it outlasted dozens of other thin-film solar contenders over the years. That unconventional approach […]

EPA chief’s clean-water rollback shaped by secrecy, luxury travel and handpicked audiences

by Evan Halper, LA Times As Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt jetted around the country last year, regularly flying first or business class at hefty taxpayer expense, his stated mission was often a noble one: to hear from Americans about how Washington could most effectively and fairly enforce the Clean Water Act. Yet when […]

Microsoft is buying solar energy from Singapore rooftops

by Rishi Iyengar, CNN The US company on Thursday announced a deal with Singaporean solar firm Sunseap to purchase all the power generated by a planned rooftop solar project, which will be the largest of its kind in the city-state. The 20-year agreement is the latest example of major global tech companies seeking to power […]

To meet climate goals, California should cut oil production, report says

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News California built a reputation launching some of the most ambitious climate policies in the world, but it’s also a significant oil producer, with the third largest oil production of any state. If it were to eliminate even half of that production, it could cut global carbon dioxide emissions by 8 […]

These Republicans claim climate caucus credentials, but their votes tell another story

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The Climate Solutions Caucus was conceived as a bipartisan center of gravity where political pragmatists in the U.S. House might break the logjam over action on global warming. Instead, the caucus is attracting more and more GOP members whose voting records carry a distinct tilt against action on the climate […]

Court says Trump must enforce methane rules

by Timothy Cama, The Hill The Trump administration must start enforcing an Obama administration rule limiting methane leaks from oil and natural gas drilling on federal land, a court ruled. In the late Thursday decision, Judge William Orrick of the District Court for the District of Northern California, granted a preliminary injunction against the Interior […]

236 mayors representing 51 million people urge EPA not to repeal U.S. Clean Power Plan

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News Hundreds of U.S. mayors, representing one in seven Americans, have told EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they need the Clean Power Plan’s emissions rules in order to fight climate change and protect their cities. In a letter released on Tuesday, 236 mayors from 47 states urged Pruitt not to repeal […]