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September 8, 2016

‘Anybody’s guess’ what conferees can agree on — Murkowski

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:35:56

Energy conferees will formally meet this morning for the first time, following weeks of wide-ranging staff discussions that have some members cautiously optimistic that a compromise between the House and Senate energy bills can be brokered before the end of the year. But it remains to be seen whether the push to enact the first major energy bill in nearly a decade can transcend the deep policy divides between the two chambers. [ read more … ]

McConnell plans funding bill through Dec. 9

Arianna Skibell, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:36:21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will work toward a short-term spending bill to keep the government running when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. “The single biggest business we need to conduct here is to get the government funded through the end of the fiscal year,” he told reporters. “We’re going to work towards the Dec. 9 date at last year’s levels.” [ read more … ]

The birth and troubled childhood of an American supergrid

John Fialka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:37:07

It may seem ironic that the pioneer of projects that could lead to the sharpest increase in emissions-free electricity in the United States started in Wyoming, the state that leads U.S. production of coal, ranks in the top 10 for natural gas production and pumps 2 percent of the nation’s oil. The project started with a 320,000-acre cattle ranch in Carbon County on Wyoming’s southern border. In 2006, Philip Anschutz, the ranch’s billionaire owner, put it up for sale. Then one of his top aides, Bill Miller, pointed out that the ranch is swept by some of the steadiest, most powerful land-based wind resources in the world. [ read more … ]

Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, MARK LANDLER and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:37:38

Climate change, Mr. Obama often says, is the greatest long-term threat facing the world, as well as a danger already manifesting itself as droughts, storms, heat waves and flooding. More than health care, more than righting a sinking economic ship, more than the historic first of an African-American president, he believes that his efforts to slow the warming of the planet will be the most consequential legacy of his presidency. [ read more … ]

Iowa sees explosive growth in solar, wind energy

By Mike Fisher, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:38:01

The explosive growth of wind and solar energy is occurring in a state that already ranks No. 1 nationally in the production of biorenewable fuels, holding the title of No. 1 producer of ethanol and No. 2 producer of biodiesel. Iowa also ranks in the top 10 states for hydropower potential from existing dam structures with projects underway at Red Rock Reservoir and under study for Saylorville Reservoir. When you add Iowa’s potential energy capacity from biomass fuels and biogas methane to energy, the state’s overall renewable energy capacity is staggering. [ read more … ]

Energy execs, AGs huddled at resort ahead of litigation

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:39:16

Attorneys general from Republican-led states met with energy executives at the West Virginia’s storied Greenbrier resort less than two weeks before they filed a lawsuit last year aimed at halting U.S. EPA’s rule for curbing greenhouse gases from power plants. The closed-door meetings took place last August at a four-day summit hosted by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), according to an agendaobtained by a watchdog group using public records requests. [ read more … ]

Prius sales plummet in U.S. when gas is cheap

By Sean McLain, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-09-08 06:38:23

While Toyota Motor Corp.’s signature Prius is topping sales charts in its home country of Japan, sales in the United States have slumped significantly due to low gas prices. Sales of the electric-gasoline hybrid, marketed as environmentally friendly, were down 26 percent in 2016 through August. The newest version of the car gets 54 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient Prius yet. [ read more … ]

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