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July 12, 2016

Senate support grows for conference vote

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:38:55

Bipartisan momentum is building in the Senate for going to conference with the House to reconcile competing versions of energy overhaul legislation. The House appointed conferees weeks ago. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his chamber would likely vote to join the House in talks sometime this week. “Going to conference on this measure would put us one step closer to arriving at a final bill and sending it to the president’s desk,” said McConnell in floor remarks.
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House passes bills to create two DOE solar and storage research programs

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:40:27

The House passed legislation last night that would create new basic research programs at the Department of Energy for electricity storage and solar fuels. Both bills prohibit funds from being used for commercial application of energy technology, spurring disagreement on the House floor about their focus on “basic” research. They passed by voice vote under suspension of the rules of the House, which dictate that no amendments can be made to the legislation and two-thirds of voting members are required for passage. [ read more … ]

Refiners back bill to stop social cost of carbon calculation

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:43:26

A refining trade group yesterday put its weight behind legislation introduced last week that would block agencies from taking into account carbon dioxide emissions’ long-term economic damage. In a letter today, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers said it supported the bill by Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) to help ensure “transparency” and “sound science” in executive branch decisions. [ read more … ]

Hawaii’s Popular Rooftop Solar Incentives Winding Down

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:41:10

Hawaii is a national leader in rooftop solar power, but despite the state’s ambitious goal of using only renewable energy by 2045, people are being shut out of solar incentive programs because of limits set by the state. On Maui, a program that reimburses customers who supply energy to the grid reached its maximum in June. The cap likely will be reached on Oahu — the state’s most populated island — by the end of summer, experts say. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Power Cost-Cut Plan Gets Boost From Big Utilities

By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:41:34

Nine of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developers joined with the Scottish government to fund a 7.9 million-pound ($10.3 million) study aimed at curbing the costs of the expensive renewable energy technology. Companies including Dong Energy A/S, EON SE, Iberdrola SA and RWE AG, will together invest at least 6.4 million pounds over the next four years to fund the research and development of new technologies. The Scottish government will pitch in another 1.5 million pounds, according to a joint statement Monday. [ read more … ]

California Governor Looks to Extend Climate-Change Efforts

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:42:05

California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies to meet tougher emissions limits or pay up to exceed them. The program has been one of the most-watched efforts in the world aimed at the climate-changing fuels. [ read more … ]

Kate Brown to lawmakers: a repeal of Oregon’s low-carbon fuels law is off limits in transportation talks

By Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2016-07-12 06:42:29

As a committee of Oregon lawmakers tours the state this summer in an effort to build support for a possible 2017 transportation-funding package, there’s one topic Gov. Kate Brown asked them to avoid: a repeal of the state’s low-carbon fuel law. Brown made her expectation clear at a May 4 invitation-only meeting of lawmakers, lobbyists and business executives in Portland, where she said a repeal of the state’s low-carbon fuel law was off the table, according to drafts of her prepared remarks released by the governor’s office and people who attended the meeting.
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