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Western governors hire consultants to tackle permitting backlog

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Western Governors’ Association announced the hiring yesterday of consultants to help break a permit backlog for long-distance power lines that would harness isolated pockets of wind and solar energy.

U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Two weeks of contentious United Nations talks over climate change concluded Sunday morning with an agreement by more than 190 nations to work toward a future treaty that would require all countries to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.

New Study: Wind Energy Success Story at Risk with 54,000 American Jobs in the Balance

AWEA News Release • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

A new study released today finds that with stable tax policy the wind industry can create and save 54,000 American jobs in the next four years, including growing the wind manufacturing sector by one third to 46,000 American manufacturing jobs. This will keep the wind sector on track toward supporting the 500,000 jobs by 2030 projected in a report by the U.S. Department of Energy during the George W. Bush administration.

EPA to link fracking, water contamination in Wyo.

Source: Mike Soraghan • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011

U.S. EPA is expected to announce later today that hydraulic fracturing and other gas drilling practices played a role in contaminating drinking water in a Wyoming community, contradicting an industry talking point used repeatedly in efforts to prevent increased federal regulation of oil and gas production.

Despite economic crisis, Europeans not backing away from emissions goals, officials say

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011

The European Union may be facing a debt crisis of historic proportions, but it is unlikely to erode support for action on climate change, European delegates to the U.N. Climate Change Conference here said this week.

U.S. Agency Is Ordered to Change Wind Rules

Source: MATTHEW L. WALD • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

A federal power agency discriminated against wind operators in the Pacific Northwest when it unplugged their generators to cope with a surplus of renewable energy on its transmission system this year, theFederal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled on Tuesday. It ordered the agency, the Bonneville Power Administration, to rewrite its rules.

Energy, enviro funding could be dropped from omnibus spending package

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As talks on a massive government funding bill enter their last lap today, GOP-backed restrictions on White House environmental policy remain an obstacle large enough to potentially push U.S. EPA and Interior Department spending out of a final deal.

Annual push for tax credit extensions revs up

Source: Katie Howell and John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As both chambers of Congress are gearing up to move a flurry of spending and tax measures before the year ends, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are beefing up their annual calls to extend a suite of alternative energy tax credits.

How will U.S. meet its emissions targets? World wonders

Source: Jean Chemnick and Lisa Friedman • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of the top U.S. goals in international climate discussions has been to make sure that other countries do what they say they are going to do — whether that means to reduce emissions, protect forests or spend money the way it is supposed to be spent.

Senate Dems revive Tuesday talks to push energy bills forward in 2012

Source: Elana Schor and Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A group of Democratic Senate committee leaders who led regular climate bill strategy sessions last Congress have resumed their weekly meetings in an effort to push forward energy legislation next year.