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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. Photo credit: Jonathan Percy/CC.

NEW YORK - New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. The state's renewable-energy standard requires New York to get 30 percent of its electricity from sources such as wind and solar, ...Read More

PHOTO: A local court decision could slow the huge pipelines aiming to bring Marcellus gas to eastern markets. Photo by www.marcellus-shale.us

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia county court case may slow construction of big proposed natural-gas pipelines - a delay opponents say the pipelines can ill afford. A Suffolk County court said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not follow the proper procedure when notifying a landowner. The company describe ...Read More

PHOTO: The Washington Legislature is considering ways to help regional utilities end their use of power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana. Environmental groups want a timeline for the transition and protections for ratepayers. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson; used with his permission.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Environmental advocates from across the state made their way to Olympia on Wednesday to underscore what they say is the need to make more definite plans for Washington utilities to stop using coal power generated out-of-state. A bill that passed in the Washington Senate (SB 5 ...Read More

PHOTO: A 2012 report estimated that 56 percent of Americans live near a coal- or oil-burning power plant that could be affected by the EPA's limits on airborne toxins. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice.

The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments about whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require power plants to clean up their toxic emissions, as the coal industry and its supporters continue to challenge the agency's standards for mercury and other airborne toxins. The case is full of s ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether the EPA can require coal and oil power plants, including 19 utilities in New York state, to clean up toxic airborne emissions. Photo credit: glennia/Flickr

NEW YORK - The Supreme Court is to hear arguments today about whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require coal and oil power plants - including 19 utilities in New York state - to cut back on toxic emissions. A coalition of states and fossil-fuels groups has asked the court to prevent t ...Read More

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy ...Read More

PHOTO: Researchers at the Center for American Progress say the two-year freeze on Ohio's clean energy standards has resulted in millions of lost energy investment, such as in wind power. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohi ...Read More

PHOTO: The future price of natural gas is one of the factors states need to take into account in determining the most cost-effective way to meet the EPA's new carbon rules. Photo credit: Charlie Wrenn/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not a crystal ball, but a group of researchers say a new tool can help Michigan and other states grapple with predicting and planning for the most cost-effective and least risky ways to cut back on coal. Douglas Jester with the consulting group Five Lakes Energy says in order ...Read More

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