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March 8, 2016

Senators seek Plan B for Flint deal, energy package

Geof Koss and Amanda Reilly, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:44:24

Senators from both parties huddled on the floor last night to plot a path forward for energy reform legislation and an aid package for Flint, Mich., after it appeared that at least one Republican senator wouldn’t agree to let both measures come up for a vote. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was refusing to agree to votes on the energy bill, S. 2012, and the separate Flint measure unless backers agreed to changes. [ read more … ]

Potential Obama picks are seasoned regulatory referees

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:44:51

Two more high-profile federal judges with experience deciding environmental cases are reportedly being vetted by the White House for the Supreme Court vacancy. Judge Sri Srinivasan and Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit have been the subjects of FBI background checks, The New York Times reported. The two appeals court judges have been widely cited as potentially attractive picks for President Obama as his administration looks to circumvent staunch Republican opposition to any nominee before the November presidential election. [ read more … ]

Report: Renewable energy fuels 21 percent of Minnesota’s electricity

By Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:45:24

The use of wind, solar, hydro and biomass power has jumped in Minnesota the past 10 years, and the state is poised to beat its goal for electricity generated by renewables, officials said Thursday. Minnesota generated 21 percent of its electricity from renewable energy in 2015, up from 6 percent a decade ago, the Minnesota Commerce Department said in a new report. [ read more … ]

Majority Of Marylanders Support Bill To Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Solar Industry  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:45:46

Renewable energy company SunEdison Inc. and the Maryland Climate Coalition have released poll results showing that Maryland residents overwhelmingly support legislation before the General Assembly that would increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Currently, Maryland’s RPS requires state electricity providers to source 20% of their energy from renewables by 2022, and it also includes a 2% by 2020 solar carve-out. The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S.B.921/H.B.1106) would raise the RPS to 25% from renewables by 2020, as well as 2.5% from solar by the same year. [ read more … ]

Moniz hears rising skepticism about Mission Innovation

Pola Lem, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:46:15

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sought to stabilize support behind a key funding program for clean energy research yesterday as he appeared before increasingly skeptical Republican lawmakers. Moniz defended Mission Innovation, a 20-nation initiative set during the Paris climate agreement, against criticism about its goal to double clean energy investment in the United States over the next five years. [ read more … ]

Dems introduce resolution pushing renewable energy

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-08 06:46:42

House and Senate Democrats introduced a bicameral resolution today to promote the goal of moving the country away from fossil fuels and to renewable energy. More than 100 House members and 30 senators — led by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. John Delaney (D-Md.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) — are backing the sense-of-Congress resolution. It says that climate change will have a “devastating impact” on the U.S. economy and that the United States should strive to achieve 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.
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