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.

Wind-farm jobs hinge on tax credit

Source: Joe Napsha • PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Pennsylvania’s chances to create thousands of jobs in the wind energy industry and get an economic boost from $1.5 billion in investments over the next four years could be reduced if Congress does not extend a tax credit that will expire at the end of 2012, wind power supporters said Monday.

Tax Policy Blowing in the Wind

Source: MATTHEW L. WALD • New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

If you want something from Congress, there are probably only about four shopping days left until Christmas, because most members of the House and Senate seem likely to go home on Friday. One big item on the green list is an extension of the production tax credit for wind energy, and the industry’s trade association, the American Wind Energy Association, released a dire study on Monday about what will happen without it.

Press Call: Wind energy success story at risk with 54,000 American jobs in the balance

Source: Ellen Carey • AWEA • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Wind energy manufacturers with facilities in IL, IA, KS, NC, SC and FL will join AWEA for a press call at 11am MONDAY. Please contact Ellen Carey above for call in details.

Why DOE-Funded Floating Turbines May Change Future of Offshore Wind

Source: SUSAN KRAEMER • Clean Technica • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

This week, Statoil has an application for a pilot demonstration of their Hywind floating wind turbine 12 miles off the coast of Maine before the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for approval. The demo would be the fruition of a project begun in 2009, and funded by the Department of Energy.

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.