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April 25, 2016


Senate looks to extend energy winning streak

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:26:19

Debate will resume this afternoon, with a vote slated for 5:30 p.m. on an amendment by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to bar the administration from spending money on welded shipboard anchors and mooring chains unless they comply with federal acquisition rules, which require that such products to be made in the United States. Tomorrow morning, the chamber will vote on an amendment by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to add $95 million for wind energy. The proposal faces opposition from Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a longtime critic of federal support for wind. [ read more … ]

House and Senate Advance Energy & Water Appropriations Bills

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:27:28

On April 19, the House Appropriations Committee passed the energy and water spending bill with a few controversial riders. Last week, a clean measure passed unanimously through the Senate Appropriations Committee (S.2804). [ read more … ]

Kerry signs deal, calls it a ‘turning point’ in climate war

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:28:16

Secretary of State John Kerry cast the signing Friday of the landmark Paris climate agreement as a spur toward victory in a decadeslong war on global warming. “Knowing what we know, this is also a day to recommit ourselves to actually win this war,” Kerry told the U.N. General Assembly. “While it isn’t done yet, today we are on the march.”
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Renewable Energy Stumbles Toward the Future

By JULIE CRESWELL and DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:29:10

It was just last summer that SunEdison was a Wall Street darling, the very air around the fast-growing company seeming to shimmer with potential. SunEdison was, after all, a red-hot company in a red-hot space — renewable energy. Its market capitalization reached nearly $10 billion, putting it on a par with the likes of Wynn Resorts of Las Vegas. Among the believers betting on its stock was the hedge-fund heavyweight David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital. With plans to buy Vivint Solar for $2.2 billion, SunEdison appeared unstoppable. [ read more … ]

Solar-Powered Plane Completes Journey Across Pacific Ocean

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:29:40

“You know there was a moment in the night, I was watching the reflection of the moon on the ocean and I was thinking ‘I’m completely alone in this tiny cockpit and I feel completely confident.’ And I was really thankful to life for bringing me this experience,” Piccard said at a news conference after he landed. “It’s maybe this is one of the most fantastic experiences of life I’ve had.” [ read more … ]

McCarthy shrugs off significance of climate rule freeze

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-25 06:30:25

U.S. EPA boss Gina McCarthy today bristled at the suggestion that her agency had “lost” when the Supreme Court unexpectedly intervened to halt a major climate change regulation. “We didn’t lose anything yet,” McCarthy shot back today in response to a suggestion that her agency had lost a preliminary court battle over the Clean Power Plan, a rule to limit power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. “That was not a merit issue. That was a discussion that basically said — and the Supreme Court speaks for itself — it said very little here,” she said at an event at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

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