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April 14, 2016

Senators Reach Deal to Act on Comprehensive Energy Bill

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:33:15

Senators on Wednesday reached a deal to act on a comprehensive energy bill as soon as this week, breaking a three-month partisan standoff over the tainted water scandal in Flint, Mich.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska and chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, and Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, the panel’s ranking Democrat, has broad bipartisan support and is expected to easily pass the Senate.
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Senate plots return to energy reform bill without Flint aid

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:33:42

Months of negotiations over the Senate energy reform package yielded a surprise agreement yesterday to bring the measure back to the floor as early as next week, after lawmakers decided to put off fights on offshore drilling and money for Flint, Mich. Under a unanimous consent agreement last night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will determine the timing for debate on amendments and the overall legislation. [ read more … ]

Senate avoids controversial riders in energy and water bill

Hannah Hess, Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:34:17

Appropriators in both chambers advanced energy and water spending bills yesterday, with senators choosing to avoid contentious policy riders, while members of the House incorporated thousands of special requests from members. This afternoon, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 spending bill for the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers, which Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said was a $355 million increase over the current year. [ read more … ]

Experts see ‘more of the same’ on energy next year

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:35:03

During the discussion sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), ex-White House energy aide Heather Zichal, American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin and API Vice President of Regulatory and Economic Policy Kyle Isakower signaled low expectations for a new president and the next Congress.
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Wind jobs growing with passage of tax credit, industry says

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:35:25

A Colorado turbine factory owned by Danish energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S was the backdrop for the U.S. wind energy sector’s annual report for 2015, a year marked by a 20 percent increase in wind energy employment. American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the beginning of 2016, with major firms like Vestas, General Electric Co. and Siemens AG at the core of a U.S. supply chain that now extends across all 50 states and has helped revive rural economies from Texas to Maine. [ read more … ]

Report: Rural Michigan landowners net millions from wind farms

BY Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2016-04-14 06:35:52

Wind energy development is leading to increased tax bases for some Michigan counties and millions of dollars for rural landowners in the form of land lease payments, according to an industry report. The American Wind Energy Association says those payments to Michigan landowners totaled $4.6 million in 2014. Nationwide, AWEA reports that wind farms now pay $222 million a year to rural landowners, with $70.7 million of that across 12 Midwest states, according to its 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Market Report released today. [ read more … ]

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