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September 21, 2016

Senate’s stopgap talks near finish line; Zika rider likely dropped

George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:52:16

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday members were “close” to a CR deal that would keep government running for about 10 weeks, through Dec. 9. Without an agreement in place, much of government would be forced to shut down in less than two weeks, when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 [ read more … ]

Bipartisan governors urge Obama to help wind, solar expansion

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:52:53

While the United States led the world in wind energy generation last year, it has not sufficiently tapped into the nation’s offshore wind potential, according to the letter signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the coalition’s chairman, and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), the vice chairwoman. “Offshore wind is an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand, but the nation still has only one project under construction off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year,” said the letter, referring to the Block Island Wind Farm, which is expected to provide 30 megawatts of power to Rhode Island later this year. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Group Of Governors Seeks US Wind & Solar Development Expansion

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica   •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:53:18

“Offshore wind is an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand, but the nation still has only one project under construction off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year,” the authors explained. “Europe currently has 11 GW of offshore wind installed. A new U.S. offshore wind sector could create thousands of jobs in businesses ranging from R&D and engineering to manufacturing and marine construction.” [ read more … ]

Groups press lawmakers on expiring credits

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:53:54

More than 50 groups are making a renewed push for Congress to extend multiple energy tax credits to avoid an investment plunge after this year. Allowing the expiration of tax credits threatens jobs and millions of dollars of investments, and favors some energy industries over others, the groups said on a conference call yesterday. Last year, Congress extended tax credits for wind and solar but not for other renewables like geothermal. Senate lawmakers have tried to move new extensions for other low-carbon sources. [ read more … ]

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

By Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:54:14

The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies favoring clean generation, are propelling most of the rest toward timely compliance, according to researchers, power producers and officials, as well as government filings reviewed by Reuters. [ read more … ]

10 things to know about the ‘most difficult ticket in town’

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-21 06:54:31

One week from today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear highly anticipated arguments in the unpredictable litigation over the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule. U.S. EPA’s foes have raised a host of legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to develop and put in place plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. [ read more … ]

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