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February 26, 2016

Flint aid package, energy bill may re-emerge next week

George Cahlink and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:39:49

Senate leaders are hoping to reach an agreement to move the Flint measure in concert with a broader energy bill (S. 2012). Under the proposed deal, the energy legislation, along with a slew of agreed-upon amendments, would move first and then the chamber would consider the Flint relief. Senate leaders are hoping to reach an agreement to move the Flint measure in concert with a broader energy bill (S. 2012). [ read more … ]

Senate moves on as Flint deal stays stuck

Geof Koss, Hannah Hess and George Cahlink, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:40:38

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture Thursday on legislation to address the opioid epidemic, after a handful of GOP senators held up a consent agreement that would have set up votes on the chamber’s bipartisan energy bill and a package for Flint, Mich. The Kentucky Republican lauded Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for their efforts to break the logjam that has held up their energy bill (S. 2012). “Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Cantwell and many others continue to work diligently on a way to wrap up the energy bill and to deal with the Flint issue,” McConnell said before filing cloture on the opioid measure. [ read more … ]

States may plan discreetly to avoid ‘backlash’ — White House official

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:41:17

A special assistant to President Obama said that despite the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the Clean Power Plan, states are voluntarily working behind the scenes to piece together backup plans to comply with the electricity-sector greenhouse gas standards. “What some states have told us — and some that have not been public about it because they don’t want to see backlash from the right — is it’s conservative to work on this policy,” Rohan Patel, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House, told several dozen attendees at a Washington, D.C., symposium on the impacts of climate change on black communities. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy growth could slow over 30% without climate plan

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:41:41

A new report predicts that the elimination of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan could mean that by 2025 a whopping 50 gigawatts of potential renewable energy generation could go unrealized, despite Congress’ recent extension of wind and solar tax credits. “The tax extenders alone provide a bigger medium term boost to renewables than just the [Clean Power Plan], but not as big as with both policies in place,” states the report, released today by the Rhodium Group. [ read more … ]

EPA urges judges to reject charges of lobbyists’ influence

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:42:09

U.S. EPA doesn’t think a conservative legal group should be allowed to file documents in federal court alleging that lobbyists improperly helped write the agency’s Clean Power Plan. The Energy & Environment Legal Institute told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday that EPA’s controversial greenhouse gas rule for power plants should be sent back to the drawing board because the agency crafted provisions of the plan through “backdoor dealings” with environmental lobbyists [ read more … ]

U.S. wins WTO dispute against India’s solar rules

By Tom Miles and David Lawder, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:42:34

The United States won a ruling against India at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday after challenging the rules on the origin of solar cells and solar modules used in India’s national solar power program. In a statement, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office called the ruling a significant victory that would hasten the spread of solar energy across the world and support clean-energy jobs in the United States. [ read more … ]

Achieving Clean Power Plan targets well ahead of schedule

By Daniel S. Cohan, contributor, and Leah Y. Parks, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-02-26 06:43:14

The United States is racing toward achieving the goals of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia raises the prospect of a deadlocked Supreme Court ruling. Achieving CPP carbon-dioxide emissions targets 14 years ahead of schedule is now likely thanks to a remarkable confluence of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies each achieving affordability after decades of developments.
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