Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 21, 2016

Senate sets water rule vote, seeks quick finish to spending bill

Geof Koss, Tiffany Stecker and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:49:10

“Decreasing funding for the DOE Wind Energy Program harms our country’s ability to continue advancing wind energy technology and keep more money in the pockets of millions of Americans,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “To maximize America’s wind energy potential, we urge Congress to, at a minimum, fund this critical program at its [fiscal] 2015 level.” [ read more … ]

Senate Passes Legislation Tailored to a Modern Energy Landscape

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:48:14

The Senate on Wednesday passed the first broad energy bill since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure to better align the nation’s oil, gas and electricity systems with the changing ways that power is produced in the United States. The bill, approved 85 to 12, united Republicans and Democrats around a traditionally divisive issue — energy policy — largely by avoiding the hot-button topics of climate change and oil and gas exploration that have thwarted other measures. [ read more … ]

Senate overwhelmingly backs reform bill

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:48:44

The Senate easily passed bipartisan energy reform legislation yesterday, setting the stage for conference talks with the House that members hope will result in the first new major energy law in almost a decade. The Senate passed S. 2012 on a 85-12 vote this morning after senators yesterday voted on a series of amendments set up under an earlier agreement. [ read more … ]

Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Power Grid, Speed LNG Exports

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:49:44

The Senate passed the first broad energy bill in nine years on Wednesday, legislation containing modest measures popular with both Republicans and Democrats to modernize the power grid and speed the permitting process for liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, which passed 85-12, attempts to protect the power grid from extreme weather events such as ice storms and hurricanes, and from cyber attacks. It also aims to spur innovations in storage of power from wind and solar energy. [ read more … ]

Pallone to push infrastructure funds in conference

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:50:47

The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said yesterday he’ll use the upcoming energy bill conference to press for funding for upgrading energy infrastructure.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), the ranking member on the panel, said neither the House H.R. 8 nor Senate S. 2012 bills contain “any real funding” for improving infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Republicans Are Warming Up to Renewable Energy

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-21 06:51:17

Wind and solar farms are regularly built on farmland, which is typically flat, cheap and treeless. That has provided rental income for farmers and created a groundswell of construction jobs. Wind and solar companies employed nearly 300,000 people in the U.S. in 2015, roughly four times more than the coal industry. All of the top 10 wind-energy producing congressional districts are represented by Republicans, according to The American Wind Energy Association. “It gives us a real leg up on economic development,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican whose state ranks third nationally in wind energy.
[ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.