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June 9, 2016

‘Big four’ to huddle on conference impasse

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:44:13

Key House and Senate lawmakers are planning to meet next week to discuss how an energy conference committee would operate, as Democrats in the upper chamber continue to express doubts about the prospects of reconciling competing bills. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and co-sponsor of the Senate package, S. 2012, told E&E Daily about the likely meeting. [ read more … ]

Conference fate rests with Senate Democrats

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:44:42

Whether or not the Senate launches the first conference committee on energy legislation in a decade is in the hands of Senate Democrats, who continue to express concerns with the House’s revised version. Energy and Natural Resources Committee Democrats say legislation the House passed before recess is laden with veto-bait and doesn’t bode well for efforts to reconcile the competing measures. [ read more … ]

Measures attacking Obama green agenda advancing to House floor

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:45:07

The House Rules Committee took triple-barreled aim at the Obama administration’s environment and energy agenda last night, clearing the way for floor votes this week on a bill to delay U.S. EPA’s new ground-level ozone standard, as well as two resolutions offering symbolic opposition to potential climate change policies. Administration regulations are “killing our jobs,” Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said shortly before the panel voted 7-4 along party lines to advance all three measures.
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Block Island line ready to ride

By ReNews  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:46:37

Utility National Grid is to kick off the installation of a 20km submarine cable to connect the 30MW Block Island wind farm to the Rhode Island mainland. “We have not been able to pull the cable ashore but we expect to start tomorrow,” a National Grid spokesman told reNEWS after rough seas halted recent work on the wire.
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Appeals court ruling bolsters Cape Wind defense — DOJ

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:45:39

The Obama administration said today a federal appeals court’s decision knocking down a challenge to a California wind farm supports its arguments in another case involving migratory bird protections. The Justice Department sent a letter to another federal appeals court that’s weighing a separate lawsuit against the long-stalled Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for coastal Massachusetts. The DOJ urged the Washington, D.C.-based court to agree with their counterparts in California. [ read more … ]

Court rejects enviro bid to block San Diego wind farm

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:46:05

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected a challenge from environmental groups to a large wind farm project east of San Diego. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the Interior Department adequately weighed the environment impacts of Tule Wind LLC’s project. Groups including the Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps were challenging the agency’s 2011 environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as the proposed project’s impact on migratory birds. [ read more … ]

Unlikely Casualty in California’s Renewable Energy Boom: Natural Gas

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-09 06:47:16

In February of 2001, then California Governor Gray Davis stood at the site of Calpine Corp’s new Sutter natural gas power plant and unveiled his plan to fast-track construction of similar stations to add 20,000 megawatts of modern, efficient generation to the state in three years. Natural gas, Davis said, was “the most environmentally friendly, clean, appropriate fuel” to help the state move beyond the energy crisis it had just endured and enable its 34 million residents “to enjoy the good life that California represents.” Today, the plants inaugurated that day are among the casualties of a monumental shift in the U.S. energy landscape. [ read more … ]

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