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July 6, 2016

Lawmakers plot endgame on spending; energy bill appears stuck

Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:27:19

The House pulled its energy and water spending bill in May over a controversial Democratic amendment to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Also in limbo are talks to merge House and Senate versions of energy reform legislation. The House named conferees weeks ago, but the Senate has yet to act. “We’re sort of like the Maytag repairman. We’re waiting for the call that they’ve named conferees,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) yesterday. [ read more … ]

Embattled offshore wind project violated NEPA, ESA — judges

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:27:50

A long-stalled offshore wind project is facing new hurdles after federal judges today ruled that the government’s environmental approvals were unlawful. The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit marks a win for environmentalists challenging the Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for coastal Massachusetts. Permits for the project have been stalled in federal courts and agencies for more than a decade.
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Lawmakers to vote on solar, storage bills

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:28:44

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will vote on legislation this week to establish new federal research programs for solar fuels and electricity storage. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is introducing the “Electricity Storage Innovation Act” today ahead of a markup later in the week. The legislation would establish a Department of Energy research program on storing and converting electrical power into chemical energy.
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Germany to limit offshore wind power

By Andreas Rinke and Caroline Copley, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:28:20

Germany plans to cap the expansion of offshore wind power at the start of the next decade to ensure the future growth of renewables keeps step with the construction of new power lines, according to a revision to a new energy law seen by Reuters. Between 2021 and 2025 the government plans to limit offshore wind installations to 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity since high-voltage power lines needed to carry green energy from the windy north to the industrial south will not be ready. [ read more … ]

Mass. lawmakers pursue ambitious clean energy bill

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:29:09

Massachusetts could be on the cusp of a cleaner energy future. Legislation making its way through the State House could raise Massachusetts’ renewable energy standard and establish an ambitious clean energy procurement program. House and Senate lawmakers are expected to hash out different versions of the measure before the end of the month. [ read more … ]

Solar and Wind Energy Costs Could Drop By 59 Percent By 2025

by Sarah Lozanova, TriplePundit  •    •  Posted 2016-07-06 06:29:34

The average cost of electricity from wind and solar energy could drop by 26 to 59 percent, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report, entitled The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025, finds policy framework and the regulatory environment to be key unknown factors in the future cost of electricity from wind and solar energy.
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