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April 19, 2016

Senate reform bill back on floor this afternoon

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:42:47

The Senate’s nine-year drought in passing comprehensive energy reform legislation appears poised to end as soon as today. Senate leadership aides say the bipartisan package — S. 2012, which was passed by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last summer — will resurface this afternoon. Last night, senators overwhelmingly voted to end debate on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. They will likely vote on final passage at around noon. The energy bill will return after that, aides said. [ read more … ]

Deal sets stage for energy and water spending bill to move

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:42:26

he Senate is due to take up the fiscal 2017 energy and water development spending bill tomorrow, after it completes work on separate energy policy legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced yesterday evening that he had a deal with Democrats to call up the spending bill tomorrow without needing a cloture vote. His announcement suggests that a fragile truce among party leaders to move ahead with appropriations bills, provided they follow the overall spending cap set in last year’s budget deal, is holding. [ read more … ]

Energy bill faces Senate test; House sets markup

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:44:30

Spending priorities for energy, nuclear and agriculture programs and scores of water projects will come into focus this week as fiscal 2017 funding bills work their ways through both the Senate and House. The first test of a Senate bipartisan truce to move ahead with the annual appropriations measures will come this week with planned action on the energy and water spending legislation. It is the first such bill to move to the floor in either chamber this year. [ read more … ]

Climate deal to be ratified without Europe’s help — for now

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:43:47

If last year’s landmark Paris climate agreement enters into force this year or early next year, it will likely do so without the help of one of its strongest supporters. That’s because the European Union, which carried the torch for international climate action for two decades before playing a leading role in brokering the agreement last year, is not to be found on the growing list of countries pledging early adoption ahead of next week’s signing ceremony in New York City. [ read more … ]

Status: Nebraska wind energy legislation

By DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:45:09

And the governor raised the prospect of another potential veto during his radio show. Ricketts said he is taking “a good strong look” at a bill (LB824) that would remove some regulatory barriers to development of wind energy in Nebraska. “I’ve not decided on that bill,” the governor said. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Our View: Wind energy plan a win for Iowa

By Editorial Board, Council Bluffs Daily Nonpariel  •    •  Posted 2016-04-19 06:45:37

Iowa has been an early adopter in renewable energy, with its very visible results coming at the gas pump in ethanol and biofuels and the wind turbines that tower over many of our state‚Äôs highways. The Hawkeye State has a strong solar energy presence, too, often dwarfed by other energy sources. The end results of this investment are more jobs, economic development and a drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Across the board, this is a win for Iowans. [ read more … ]

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