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February 3, 2016

Senate rebuffs monument limits, efficiency standard

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:44:01

The Senate is working its way through a mini vote-a-rama this afternoon, as the chamber looks to complete work on its bipartisan energy package later this week. Senators yesterday afternoon voted on eight of 257 amendments filed to the energy bill, S. 2012. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said this afternoon that negotiations were underway for roll call votes on another tranche of amendments tomorrow.
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Net-metering amendment rankles power sector

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:44:30

Top utility groups have come out against an amendment to the Senate’s energy bill that aims to limit state regulators from imposing new rates for net-metering policies. In a letter sent to senators, the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association warn the amendment by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “would impose prescriptive electricity policies on the states and on certain localities and would intrude on critical retail electric service decisions that are — and have always been — subject to the authority of states, localities and rural electric cooperatives.” [ read more … ]

Democrats both declare success in Iowa; Trump falters

Evan Lehmann and Umair Irfan, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:44:52

Sanders’ uncompromising positions on climate change won him support among caucusgoers who are younger, white and first-time political participants. A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday found that 11 percent of likely Democratic voters see climate change as the most important issue in the race. That falls below the economy and jobs with 36 percent and health care with 22 percent. But it marks a passionate category of voters who overwhelmingly supported Sanders over Clinton on climate by 66 percent to 30 percent. [ read more … ]

How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:46:22

To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindling finances. Then, it went on a development spree, thanks to a generous —some might say ill-considered — gift from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Today, Aguadilla has 19 city-owned restaurants and a city-owned hotel, a water park billed as biggest in the Caribbean, a minor-league baseball stadium bathed in floodlights and a waterfront studded with dancing fountains and glimmering streetlights.
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China blows past U.S. in installed wind capacity

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:45:22

China solidified its standing as the world’s wind energy behemoth in 2015, adding almost as much wind power capacity in one year as the total installed capacity of the three largest U.S. wind-producing states: Texas, Iowa and California. New data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show China installed just under 29 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2015, surpassing its previous record of roughly 21 GW set in 2014. The country also accounted for more than 46 percent of all wind power installed globally for the year, eclipsing the next largest market, the United States, which added 8.6 GW [ read more … ]

Offshore wind capacity to grow in Europe up to 2020

By Vera Eckert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-03 06:45:49

Growth in new offshore wind capacity in Europe is to slow this year after more than doubling in 2015, an industry report said on Tuesday. “New capacity additions will be lower in 2016 than 2015 though should then rebound, and we can expect to have (an installed total) over 20 GW (20,000 MW) offshore wind by 2020,” said the chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Giles Dickson. The report for 2015 showed that new capacity linked to onshore grids totalled 3,019 megawatts (MW) last year after 1,483 MW in 2014. [ read more … ]

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