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July 5, 2016

Congress loads schedule with unfinished business

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 06:31:26

A proposed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization could also emerge this week with the agency’s current operating authority due to expire July 15. As one of the few must-pass measures in this Congress, the bill could become a magnet for attaching other legislation. Renewable energy advocates have been pressing to fix what they call an oversight in last year’s end-of-year omnibus spending and tax package, which extended the investment tax credit for solar for five years but not other qualifying sources. Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, however, said they have drawn up an FAA extension running through 2017 that will not contain any tax provisions. [ read more … ]

Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:35:57

John Podesta, a former senior counselor to Mr. Obama who is now the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, is an architect of both the Obama and Clinton climate change plans. In crafting them, Mr. Podesta, an ardent environmentalist and a seasoned political operative, sought to take substantive action to reduce emissions without turning to Congress, where climate legislation would most likely again be doomed. [ read more … ]

Wind energy group gets in on 2016 fight

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:36:57

Wind energy industry leaders have formed a new political group to promote the power source and back candidates ahead of this November’s elections. The American Wind Action (AWA) groupnwill “focus on ensuring that the public understand the importance of wind to energy policy,” the group said in a statement, and “also help elect candidates who are strong advocates for wind, and work to defeat candidates who oppose wind energy with a leading-edge grassroots effort in the 2016 campaign.” [ read more … ]

Five Years Later, FERC Takes Another Look at Order 1000

By Rory Sweeney  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:36:33

FERC’s technical conference last week on Order 1000’s performance produced a mix of feedback, with some participants suggesting complete overhauls of the landmark rule and others saying it’s too early to tell if any changes would be useful. But nearly every participant urged the commission to improve transparency in transmission planners’ decision-making processes [ read more … ]

Broad Coalition Calls on Governor Cuomo to Launch Offshore Wind Power for New York

By Long Island Exchange  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:37:28

A letter from over 60 groups representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers was sent to Governor Cuomo, calling for bold action to start a new energy chapter for the Empire State. With a massive offshore wind resource available right off our shores, representatives of environmental, public health, labor, environmental justice, and community organizations are pushing for a large-scale, long-term, megawatt-certain offshore wind power commitment from the Governor. [ read more … ]

Wind energy exports making port’s role more important

By Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Daily Caller  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:37:52

Texas ranks first in the nation for both installed and under-construction wind capacity, while also supporting more than 24,000 wind-related jobs. The state is home to at least 40 manufacturing facilities and numerous component suppliers, and its wind energy industry has provided nearly $33 billion in capital investment. The parts to make a windmill are big; a tower can stretch several hundred feet. That’s where the Coastal Bend’s largest port can play a vital role in getting blades, turbines and other materials from a transaction sheet to someone’s property. [ read more … ]

Solar installer eyes women as key to boosting renewables

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-05 04:38:37

Laura Galavis grew up in a country where oil is king. Living in Caracas, Venezuela, she saw the power that petroleum had over residents. When oil prices climbed, the country made money from selling the fuel. At the same time, Galavis said, residents struggled to pay for gasoline. When petroleum prices fell, the country suffered economically and poverty spread. It inspired her to learn how to install solar panels. [ read more … ]

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