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April 20, 2016

Murkowski aims for bill signing before August break

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:56:28

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said yesterday she was aiming for a quick conference with the House to produce a final energy bill that President Obama could sign before the August congressional recess. The Senate last night worked through the remaining amendments to the committee’s bipartisan energy package, S. 2012. It set the vote on final passage for this morning.
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Senate Shows It Can Make a Deal on Energy—Just Not a Big One

By Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:36:27

Crafted by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, and the panel’s top Democrat, Maria Cantwell of Washington, the bipartisan measure, S. 2012, seeks to upgrade the nation’s aging pipeline and power infrastructure, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and streamline applications for exports of liquefied natural gas. It’s not as far-reaching as the energy packages that cleared Congress in 2005 and 2007 — which boasted hallmark programs such as the Renewable Fuel Standard — but its passage would be milestone for a Senate known for gridlock. [ read more … ]

House, Senate split on energy and water bill riders

Christa Marshall, Tiffany Stecker and George Cahlink, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:59:01

The House Appropriations Committee approved an energy and water spending bill yesterday by voice vote after a meeting that erupted into a tense debate about the Flint, Mich., water crisis. The $37.4 billion energy and water measure would slash efficiency and renewable research programs below the White House request, increase fossil fuel spending and provide a funding boost for the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada, a Republican priority.

It also would block the administration from implementing its recent Clean Water Act jurisdictional rule and boost funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to a record $6.1 billion — $100 million more than fiscal 2016 enacted level and $1.5 billion over the president’s budget request. [ read more … ]

Minn. judge recommends adopting federal ‘social cost’ of carbon

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:37:30

A state judge has recommended that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission apply the federal “social cost of carbon” calculation to determine how new energy projects affect the environmental health and well-being of the state. In a nonbinding opinion handed down Friday, Judge LauraSue Schlatter declared the federal calculation “as reasonable and the best available measure to determine the environmental cost of CO2” when evaluating the impacts of energy projects in Minnesota. [ read more … ]

FERC request could boost energy storage

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:37:57

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking input on “barriers” to energy storage in a move that could spur the technology, according to analysts. FERC requested a response from independent system operators and regional transmission operators this week on whether obstacles for electricity storage in wholesale markets create “unfair and unreasonable” rates. The language signals that FERC is supportive of more energy storage, according to Yayoi Sekine, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Global wind capacity to nearly double in next five years: GWEC

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:38:22

Global wind energy capacity will nearly double in the next five years, largely led by further market growth in China, but also as a stronger industry emerges in the United States, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said on Tuesday. In its annual report on the status of the global wind industry, GWEC said cumulative wind energy capacity was 433 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, a 17 percent rise from the year before.
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Bill Gates touts green energy job creation

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-20 06:38:41

Climate change seems to rank very low in the presidential race, among issues,” said Stephen Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters. “We did a poll that showed that only 29 percent of voters even wanted to know where their candidate stood on climate change.” Nonetheless, Gates said, finding a solution to climate change remains an urgent challenge, and the current pace of incremental improvements in existing fossil and renewable power plants is far too slow to avert dangerous warming while leaving many fundamental problems unsolved. [ read more … ]

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