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June 22, 2016

Zika aid seen as only spending deal likely to emerge soon

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:38:06

Congress seems unlikely to wrap up its annual appropriations work until later this year, but lawmakers from both parties are eager to strike a quick deal on a Zika funding package. House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer raised fresh doubts yesterday over whether Congress will complete its fiscal 2017 work before December, leaving federal agencies to operate under current funding for at least the first three months of the new fiscal year. [ read more … ]

Enviros urge Senate Dems to sink conference

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:38:31

The pressure from environmentalists raises new questions about whether there will be 60 votes in the Senate to go to conference, a vote that Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said yesterday could happen as soon as tomorrow. Murkowski noted that she and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) would meet with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and their respective ranking members, Democratic Reps. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Raúl Grijalva of Arizona. [ read more … ]

California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant Could Close

By DIANE CALDWELL, NEW YORK TIMES  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:38:57

California, among the first states to embrace nuclear energy in the 1950s, may be breaking things off for good. Under a proposal announced on Tuesday, Pacific Gas and Electric would shutter the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the state’s last operating nuclear facility, and would compensate for the lost output with technologies that do not emit greenhouse gases, including renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Elon Musk Aims to Shore Up SolarCity by Having Tesla Buy It

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and PETER EAVIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:39:25

Elon Musk has built an ambitious business empire on three pillars: electric cars, solar energy and space travel. Now, the billionaire entrepreneur is trying to shore up his embattled solar panel provider by merging it with the electric carmaker. His Tesla Motors said on Tuesday that it had offered to buy SolarCity in an all-stock deal, one that could value the latter at as much as $2.8 billion. The aim, Mr. Musk argues, is to create a renewable-energy giant, collecting clean electricity and putting it to work propelling cars. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan House group urges Interior to finish leasing rule

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:39:54

A bipartisan House coalition urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today to finalize a proposed rule that would establish competitive leasing for renewable energy projects on federal lands across the West. Fourteen House members led by California Reps. Paul Cook (R) and Alan Lowenthal (D) wrote in a three-page letter to Jewell that completion of the rule unveiled in 2014 is critical to continue the unprecedented effort by the Obama administration to develop commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects on federal lands.
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Denmark hits pause button on wind farms

By Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-06-22 06:40:21

The Danish Parliament is considering delaying the construction of new wind farms as it prepares to end an electricity tax for renewable energy. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board called it a sign that “economic and political reality is catching up with Europe’s green ambitions.” The European Commission ruled that Denmark’s green levy on electricity bills violated E.U. rules in 2014. The levy contributes to energy bills that are the highest in Europe. Parliament is considering ending the levy altogether rather than fixing it. [ read more … ]

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