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June 7, 2016

Murkowski urges Dems not to bury conference committee

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:57:48

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is looking to convince wary Democrats against blocking the first energy bill conference committee in a decade. The Senate could vote as early as next week on whether to launch a conference with the House to seek compromise on energy reform legislation. The House voted before the Memorial Day recess to begin talks. [ read more … ]

Energy Bill Prospects Dim in Dispute Over Drilling, Drought

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:28:03

Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of wildlife protections. A bipartisan bill the Senate approved in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and increased energy efficiency. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind can match coal, gas for value by 2025: RWE, E.On, GE, others

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Barbara Lewis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:28:32

Eleven energy and technology firms said on Monday offshore wind can be as cheap as gas and coal within a decade, but said European nations must do more to ensure a stable legal framework to inspire investment in zero carbon generation. Germany’s RWE, E.On and Siemens signed an open letter, alongside Norwegian oil firm Statoil, Sweden’s Vattenfall and General Electric of the United States, saying they can produce for less than 80 euros ($90.80) per megawatt hour per project by 2025. [ read more … ]

Supporting renewable energy in South Dakota

By South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota State News  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:29:19

In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy. Wind power has led the way by contributing over $2 billion in direct capital investment and directly creating well over 500 new jobs. Those wind power jobs are in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, wind projects produce lease payments for landowners and increase the tax base for local governments and school districts. [ read more … ]

Doubling down on energy innovation

By Ernie Moniz, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:29:46

A few weeks ago, the United States Senate passed their first appropriations bill of the year by a vote of 90-8, which explicitly endorses doubling clean energy research and development, but includes only modest increases in actual funding. When the House and Senate ultimately send an appropriations bill to the President, it should include significantly more funding for innovation if America hopes to not diminish its lead in this emerging economic revolution.
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Missouri municipal utilities sign up for Grain Belt Express

By Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2016-06-07 06:28:58

The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission said Thursday that it had signed an agreement for as much as 200 megawatts of transmission space on the cross-state line. The group represents municipally owned utilities in the state that pool their resources to buy power and is administered by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. The contract could bolster Grain Belt’s case with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which single-handedly blocked the project last summer on a 3-2 vote. While members acknowledged it may benefit other states, they weren’t convinced it was worth it for Missouri ratepayers. [ read more … ]

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