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May 11, 2016

Senate energy spending bill nears finish line

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-11 05:11:43

The Senate is planning to pass its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 energy and water spending bill today, key appropriators said yesterday Lawmakers will first take a procedural vote on a controversial amendment by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) related to the Iran nuclear deal. Talk of the amendment has helped stall the broader spending measure. [ read more … ]

U.S. Utilities Boost Investments in Wind, Solar Power

By Cassandra Sweet, Wall street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-05-11 05:12:17

Large U.S. utilities are taking advantage of government subsidies to buy and produce more renewable energy in anticipation of tougher new regulations on carbon emissions. Duke Energy Corp. , Southern Co. and the energy unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. are among the utility companies that are investing more in solar and wind farms and ramping up purchases of clean power, spurred by renewable-energy mandates in more than half the nation’s states and expected federal limits on greenhouse-gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Kan. makes it official: no more work on EPA climate rule

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-11 05:12:41

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has barred state agencies from moving forward on U.S. EPA’s regulation to reduce carbon emissions from power plants unless it is deemed legal. Brownback, already a critic of the Clean Power Plan, signed S.B. 318 into law Friday suspending all work on the climate regulation. [ read more … ]

NM Wind Energy Industry Reaches Major Milestone

By Mark Richardson, Public News Service  •    •  Posted 2016-05-11 05:13:04

New Mexico’s wind-energy industry has reached a major milestone, and analysts say the state is well-positioned to expand its renewable power capacity. Industry experts say the state has excellent wind resources, and investors already have put almost $2 billion into developing wind energy in the state. John Hensley, manager of industry data and analysis for the American Wind Energy Association, said the state’s wind-energy capacity is growing rapidly. [ read more … ]

Big Oil Unexpectedly Backing Newest Non-Fossil Fuels

By oe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-05-11 05:13:34

Big oil is dipping a few more toes into clean energy. Exxon Mobil Corp. is partnering with a company to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Total SA, the French oil supermajor, announced a $1.1 billion deal Monday to buy the battery maker Saft Groupe SA, complementing its 2011 purchase of a majority stake in the solar-panel maker SunPower Corp. And the Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. announced Tuesday it will pay $218 million for stakes in offshore wind farms as it attempts to double its low-carbon generating capacity.
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