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Wind, solar flock to different camps as push to extend incentives continues

Source: Katie Howell, E&E reporter • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The renewable energy industry may not be as united in its push to extend an expiring incentive as recent lobbying efforts would indicate.

Shutdown looms as White House objects to omnibus despite lack of big-ticket riders

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Washington is gearing up today for yet another white-knuckle ride toward a potential government shutdown after the White House warned that the 2012 spending deal could “undercut environmental protections” and instead urged passage of a stopgap plan to keep agencies open past tomorrow’s expiration of federal funds.

Wind, biodiesel subsidies promoted

Source: Phil Brasher • Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

With subsidies for corn ethanol set to disappear at the end of the month, the rest of the renewable-energy industry is lobbying lawmakers to keep government incentives going. The $1-a-gallon tax credit that undergirds the production of biodiesel also is due to expire Dec. 31, while tax incentives that support wind power and advanced forms of ethanol made from nonfood feedstocks are due to end a year from now.

As Md. weighs wind energy, Del. wind farm put on hold

Source: Aaron C. Davis • Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

State lawmakers have a new factor to consider when weighing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) push to develop offshore wind energy. The developer of a wind farm off the coast of Delaware said the company has put the project on hold because cost-cutting moves by Congress have made it impossible to finance.

Why 2012 Will Be a Bad Year for Renewable Energy

Source: Bryan Walsh • TIME • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

More than 7,000 miles away in Washington, however, another negotiation is underway that could be much more important to the climate than the U.N. summit — and the end isn’t likely to be as positive. U.S. wind and solar companies are panicking over the murky future of federal support for renewable energy.

Republican commissioner resigns

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Marc Spitzer, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced his resignation yesterday.

House passes tax bill with pipeline provision, fueling clash on spending

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The House GOP last night edged closer to an explosive end-of-year standoff with Senate Democrats and the White House as it approved a tax-cut package that includes speedy approval of the politically volatile Keystone XL oil pipeline and a rollback of U.S. EPA’s boiler emissions limits.

Wind industry, predicting job losses, pushes ‘immediate’ tax extension

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The wind power industry is warning that it could lose thousands of jobs if Congress lets a key tax credit expire next year, amid a backdrop of disdain for green subsidies by conservative politicians.

Murkowski drafting bill to protect reliability under EPA rules

Source: Gabriel Nelson • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has asked her staffers to work on legislation to ensure the electric grid remains stable under new U.S. EPA rules, she said this afternoon.

Big energy measures to slide past 2012

Source: By DARREN GOODE and DARREN SAMUELSOHN • POLITICO • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Capitol Hill’s biggest energy policy trend of 2011 is a Congress unable to accomplish much of anything. Don’t expect that to change until after next year’s election.