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April 18, 2016

Senate truce on riders won’t last as bills hit floor

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:49:11

Senate appropriators jump-started work on the annual spending bills Thursday by agreeing to hold off on adding controversial amendments in committee. But that bipartisan truce may only last until the first measure hits the floor this week. [ read more … ]

BLM conservation policy threatens key power line

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:49:34

Idaho leaders and other critics say BLM’s proposal sacrifices greater sage grouse habitat and private property to avoid crossing the sanctuary — and ignores the recommendation of the agency’s own advisory council. BLM’s plan could delay the line for years or even doom the final two segments of the nearly-1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project, they warn. [ read more … ]

SunEdison, Becoming So Big It Fails, Prepares for Bankruptcy

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:50:00

SunEdison, which grew from making chemicals and components for solar modules to become a giant of the renewable energy business, is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a filing with regulators on Friday. The filing signaled the potential end to SunEdison’s ambition to become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. And it comes after the fall of another clean energy company, Abengoa, which is going through proceedings in the United States and Spain as it seeks to avoid becoming that country’s largest corporate failure. [ read more … ]

EPA ‘ties itself in knots,’ foes tell judges

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:50:22

Friday marked the deadline for the roughly 150 parties suing over the regulation to reply to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Obama administration last month submitted its defense of what it called an “eminently reasonable” regulation to cut power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions ( [ read more … ]

Nebraska lawmakers OK proposals to plan for climate change, boost wind energy

By ZACH PLUHACEK, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:50:48

The wind energy bill sponsored by Omaha Sen. John McCollister overcame a filibuster for the second time to pass on a 34-10 vote, and now awaits the governor’s OK. Many chose to support the change for economic reasons, not because of an environmental agenda. They said the measure eliminates an unnecessary impediment to wind energy developments, allowing Nebraska to become more competitive in the regional power market and potentially reducing energy costs and luring green-minded businesses to the state.
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Trade group chief stepping down

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-17 04:51:10

Rhone Resch is leaving his post as president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association after 12 years. The association will name an interim leader and begin a search for its next president after Resch’s departure May 31, it said in a statement.
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