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April 11, 2016

Old, new fights expected at bicameral energy and water markups

eof Koss and Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 06:20:31

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its bill Wednesday afternoon, continuing the tradition of moving early on legislation that is widely popular because it funds DOE’s nuclear weapons programs and federal laboratories. The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will also take up its version of the bill Wednesday, where they will also announce the discretionary spending caps known as 302(b) allocations, followed by a full committee markup Thursday. [ read more … ]

Kansas governor hails wind farm project that includes 200 turbines; Google to buy half the output

By JONATHAN SHORMAN, Topeka Capital-Journal   •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 04:35:18

An Italian company has begun construction on a large wind farm that will dot southwest Kansas with 200 turbines, generating enough energy to power nearly 150,000 households — with internet giant Google snatching up half the output. The wind farm, spanning 60 square miles, will have a 400 megawatt capacity. Corporate executives and Gov. Sam Brownback announced the $610 million project Friday.
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Former FERC Chairman Wellinghoff heads to SolarCity

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 04:35:45

The longest-serving chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking on a new role as chief policy officer of SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar provider. Jon Wellinghoff will advise the California-based solar installer on federal and state policy and will oversee regulatory and legislative affairs, according to a press release. He will report directly to SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, cousin of Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, who is SolarCity’s chairman. [ read more … ]

More than 130 countries to sign climate accord on Day One

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 04:36:41

An unprecedented number of countries plan to sign the Paris climate deal when it opens for signatures April 22, increasing the odds that the accord will enter into force before 2020. The United Nations announced last week that more than 130 countries will be on hand in New York City to sign the landmark climate deal, more than have ever signed a U.N. agreement before in its first day. [ read more … ]

Koch rep: ‘The climate is changing’

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 04:36:16

A representative from Koch Industries Inc. said CEO Charles Koch believes that man-made climate change is occurring. Sheryl Corrigan, Koch Industries’ environmental, health and safety director, told an audience in California that the company was focused on free-market policies to address climate change, rather than on whether climate change is real. “Charles has said the climate is changing. So, the climate is changing,” Corrigan said. “I think he’s also said, and we believe, that humans have a part in that. I think what the real question is … what are we going to do about it?” [ read more … ]

Despite oil price plummet, record clean energy growth in 2015

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-11 04:37:06

Global renewable energy capacity increased 8.3 percent in 2015, with a record 152 gigawatts of new power coming from wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal resources, findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency show. The surge comes against a backdrop of record low oil and gas prices, IRENA noted, a condition experts attribute to the renewable energy sector’s maturity and resilience to shifts in fossil fuel prices, traditionally the major driver in electricity markets. [ read more … ]

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