Congressional Democrats mobilize to save Treasury grant program

Source: John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2011

With just a month to go before it is set to expire, congressional supporters of a Treasury Department renewable energy grant program have started lobbying their colleagues to keep the effort alive for one more year.

Why no progress this year, despite committee success?

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Of those, 15 minor public lands bills and a medical isotope production measure have passed the full Senate unanimously, without a roll call vote. But that is where the committee’s legislative momentum dries up.

Will the Lights Stay On in Texas and New England?

Source: MATTHEW L. WALD • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Texas and New England may soon run short of the generating capacity they need to reliably meet peak loads, largely because old plants will be retired rather than retrofitted to meet new pollution rules, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation reported on Monday.

Bingaman will float clean energy mandate bill early next year

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman will wait until next year to introduce legislation that would require utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from low-carbon sources.

Supercommittee failure portends yearlong limbo for energy, environment programs

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

After four months of pressure campaigns and prognostication, the failure of the so-called congressional “supercommittee” to agree on $1.2 trillion in long-term spending cuts leaves energy and environmental programs in much the same position that they were after the August debt-limit deal: an uneasy limbo.

Renewables now fastest growing energy source

Source: Chris Rose • EWEA • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

As people begin gathering at next week’s OFFSHORE 2011 conference in Amsterdam, it’s a safe bet that some conversations will focus on a just-released book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says wind power, solar power, geothermal energy and other renewables are now the fastest-growing sector of the energy mix.

Renewable power trumps fossil fuels for first time

LA Times • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments, shaking off setbacks from the financial crisis and an impasse at the United Nations global warming talks.

Laws murky in battle over wind power

Source: BOB VON STERNBERG  • Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Several cities, including Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Maple Grove and Woodbury, have ordinances regulating turbines. But most local government officials have found themselves in uncharted bureaucratic waters with zoning codes and ordinances that weren’t written to regulate renewable energy projects. So the laws provide them with little or no guidance.

23 Governors, 369 Orgs Throw Support Behind Four-year PTC Extension Bill

Source: Carl Levesque • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Most recently, a broad, nonpartisan coalition of 369 members, including manufacturing, farm and business interests, issued a letter endorsing a four-year extension to the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind energy’s key federal tax incentive. Legislation recently introduced by Representatives Dave Reichert (R, WA-08) and Earl Blumenauer (D, OR-03) seeks to grant a four-year extension to the existing PTC for wind energy (H.R. 3307, the “American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act”).

Texas is bullish on offshore wind

Source: Nathanial Gronewold • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A Texas company is aiming to have the nation’s first offshore turbine up and spinning by year’s end, part of a larger push to make the Lone Star State the national leader in marine wind power.