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April 5, 2016

Renewable tax fight resurrected in aviation bill debate

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:38:37

Senate Democrats are pushing to extend a key renewable tax break for a number of power sources in legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that is slated to receive a vote later this week. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday filed cloture on a House-passed tax measure, H.R. 636, that will be the vehicle for the FAA bill, with the procedural vote expected tomorrow. Meanwhile, Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters last night signaled that there had been no progress on finding a compromise to allow votes on the Senate’s energy bill and a package to provide assistance to residents of Flint, Mich., to cope with the city’s drinking water crisis. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Making Way for Wind Power

By Editorial Board. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:39:02

If the United States is going to get serious about cutting carbon emissions from oil and gas, it will have to find ways to scale up its use of renewable energy. Converting wind and solar power into electricity is, in some ways, the easy part. The bigger challenge is developing the infrastructure to transmit that electricity across the country. In the case of wind, most of that power is generated far from the urban centers that would use it. Transmission would require a new nationwide system of power lines reaching from the windiest parts of the country. Such a system could also allow power suppliers the flexibility to shift supply depending on variations in weather. [ read more … ]

Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

By JEFF BRADY, Morning Edition, NPR  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:39:44

Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t blow when we need it to. This challenge has sparked a technology race to store energy — one that goes beyond your typical battery. [ read more … ]

Minn. poised to import Canadian hydro to cut carbon

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:40:08

Officials say those wind and hydro resources will be critical to complying with the Clean Power Plan, which requires Minnesota to achieve a nearly 42 percent rate reduction in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030. “Without our link to the north, I think we’d have a very different recipe for getting there,” David McMillan, Minnesota Power’s executive vice president, said of the utility’s compliance strategy. “There are very few resources like this that can produce energy around the clock, 12 months of the year, and do so in an entirely emissions-free manner.” [ read more … ]

Orders for lower-price Tesla reach 276,000

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:40:38

Worldwide orders for the new lower-priced Tesla electric car hit 276,000 over the weekend, surprising even the company’s CEO, who says it may force Tesla to open another factory. CEO Elon Musk posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed and said if the trend continues, Model 3 orders could hit 500,000 and would require another factory in Europe to meet demand. [ read more … ]

EPA and its allies warn of ‘monumental’ climate threat

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-05 06:41:05

In a wave of briefs filed with the D.C. Circuit last week ahead of a court deadline, many of the rule’s supporters also provided anecdotes to bolster the administration’s message. “We are so dependent on agriculture and farmers are such an important part of our state economically and culturally in every way, and climate change presents enormous problems for farmers, particularly in terms of the temperatures,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller (D), an intervenor in the case, said during a press call. Miller noted that while temperatures are “pretty close to ideal in Iowa right now, that could change dramatically over time.” [ read more … ]

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