What we’re reading this week

The Hill: Michigan’s GOP governor will comply with the power plant rules

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announces that Michigan will comply with the Clean Power Plan, saying, “We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing, not leave them in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”

Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy: Clean Power Plan: Commentary from Around the World

Earlier this summer, Fellow David Sandalow offered his observations on the global reaction to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. No surprises, but interesting to get some specifics.  Also, it is very short (only one and a half pages!).

GreentechMedia:  Investment Bankers Think Solar and Wind Will Grow Way Faster Than the IEA Forecast

First Bloomberg and now Citigroup are predicting that we are very close (< 5 years away) to a tipping point in terms of the cost of MwH from solar and wind compared to traditional forms of electricity generation.  Citigroup also predicts innovation in financial markets, such as securitized energy-efficiency fixed interest instruments, as well as YieldCos and green bonds. These innovations would help drive down the cost of capital for renewables, making them more competitive.

FuelFix/The Houston Chronicle: Engineering firm director: Industry is “living in the past”

Construction and engineering companies will have to use technology and train more workers to meet the needs of the US’ growing chemical sector, industry leaders say. New technologies to speed up training and to track the status of projects would help address the workforce shortage.  Do I sense an innovation opportunity?

WSJ commentary: The EPA’s next big economic chokehold

The court-ordered deadline for EPA to finalize its proposed ozone standard is just around the corner.  The regulation is expect to be the most expensive in U.S. history. This opinion commentary by the President of Cox Associates, a consulting firm that develops and applies causal analyses for improving health outcomes, considers the science behind the proposed standards.

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