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November 30, 2016

Hopes fading for extenders package to emerge in lame duck

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:51:16

“There’s always a push for tax extenders, but I just think they want to start anew and see what they can do the first of the year,” Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said yesterday, referring to the coming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. “It’s up to Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, but I doubt it.” [ read more … ]

More than 60 businesses testify against extending Ohio freeze on renewable energy, energy efficiency

By John Funk, The Cleveland Plain Dealer  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:51:38

The two-year battle over green energy standards has slammed the development of wind and solar, cost businesses a lot of money initially invested here and driven some companies out of the state, a crowd of green business proponents told Ohio lawmakers Tuesday. More than 60 witnesses showed up to testify before the Ohio Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. All were opposed to Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Sen. William Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican. [ read more … ]

Cities and States Lead on Climate Change

By JEFF BIGGERS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:52:58

By 2020, thanks to MidAmerican Energy’s planned $3.6 billion addition to its enormous wind turbine operations, 85 percent of its Iowa customers will be electrified by clean energy. Meanwhile, Moxie Solar, named the fastest-growing local business by The Corridor Business Journal of Iowa, is installing solar panels on my house, and is part of a solar industry that now employs 200,000 nationwide. Doomsday scenarios about the climate have abounded in the aftermath of the November election. But responsibility for effectively reining in carbon emissions also rests with business, and with the nation’s cities and states. Those are the battlegrounds. Worldwide, cities produce as much as 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Vilsack’s tough message for fellow Democrats: Stop writing off rural America

By Greg Jaffe, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:54:03

Vilsack had an urgent message, and he sensed that in Biden, he would find a receptive audience. The two politicians had served together throughout President Obama’s eight years in office and had known each other for decades. Both are nearing the ends of long and successful political careers, built on speaking to the ambitions and anxieties of white, working-class voters who turned decisively to Donald Trump in this election. “We need to speak more directly to our folks in rural America,” Vilsack recalled telling the vice president. “And we have to spend time there.” [ read more … ]

Trump Can’t Kill Solyndra Loan Office That Outperforms Banks

By Brian Eckhouse and Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:55:02

The federal energy program that’s best-known for a failed loan to solar manufacturer Solyndra LLC is generating billions for the government and probably won’t be going anywhere under Donald Trump. The incoming president can’t unilaterally kill the U.S. Energy Department’s loan programs office. Only Congress can do that, with new legislation. And that’s doubtful, according to the program’s executive director and his two most recent predecessors, all appointees of President Barack Obama. [ read more … ]

870 MW of offshore wind could be headed to Md.

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-30 06:52:04

Maryland regulators could approve up to 870 megawatts of new offshore wind power capacity after two developers met an application deadline to build the state’s first ocean-based wind farms on the Atlantic outer continental shelf. The applicants include US Wind Inc., which plans to build up to 750 MW of wind power capacity roughly 12 miles east of Ocean City. If approved, the 187-turbine project would begin producing power in 2020, according to company officials. [ read more … ]

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