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December 2, 2016

Tax Extensions remain on table amid heavy lobbying

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:04:14

Multiple industries are mounting a last-ditch effort to extend a handful of energy tax breaks by attaching them to must-pass spending legislation, although aides and lobbyists say the push remains an uphill fight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had pledged to work toward an extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying energy sources left out of last year’s deal. He is eyeing the continuing government funding resolution as a vehicle but is meeting resistance in the House, Democratic aides said this week.
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Trump considering Senator Heitkamp of North Dakota for Cabinet: source

By Ernest Schnyder, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:04:44

President-elect Donald Trump is considering Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for either the interior or energy secretary positions in his Cabinet, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. President-elect Donald Trump is considering Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for either the interior or energy secretary positions in his Cabinet, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. Heitkamp, along with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, negotiated a deal in Congress last December to lift the decades-old ban on crude oil exports in exchange for a multi-year extension of tax credits for wind and solar energy. [ read more … ]

Potential Heitkamp pick could shake up Senate, Trump team

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:05:07

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump today, a signal that she may be in the running for a top administration post. Putting Heitkamp in his Cabinet or in another top executive branch gig would bolster Trump’s bipartisan credentials while boosting Senate Republicans’ chances of keeping or increasing their majority in 2018. [ read more … ]

Trump should pick Cramer to lead DOE — Hamm

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:05:44

But Hamm today touted Cramer’s credentials as a former utilities regulator in North Dakota. When asked if he was interested in the post, Hamm reiterated that he has a full-time job running Continental Resources Inc. and plans to stay put. Cramer during interviews hasn’t ruled out taking the DOE post, but that could change if Trump selects Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for a Cabinet post, leaving her seat open in the upper chamber. Heitkamp is slated to meet with the president-elect tomorrow in Trump Tower [ read more … ]

Trump pick helped spur Pentagon renewables

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reportera  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:06:21

Mattie to famously ask Congress, in a post-combat report, to “unleash” the military “from the tether of fuel.” Mattis’ report prompted the Pentagon to take a closer look at its supply chain, with DOD ultimately finding that by 2009 more than 3,000 troops and civilian contractors had been killed or wounded protecting convoys, 80 percent of which were transporting truck fuel. [ read more … ]

US Wind makes Maryland case

By ReNews  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:06:43

Developer US Wind has expressed confidence in having submitted a winning application to develop a 250MW offshore wind farm in Maryland. The local company, one of the two seeking state funding for the technology, said its proposal will bring an entire industry to the area and create thousands of construction jobs. US Wind wants to make Maryland the East Coast hub for offshore wind, it said [ read more … ]

Solar growth outpaces other energy sources in 2016

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-02 07:07:01

Solar power generation saw a 42.5 percent jump in the first nine months of 2016 compared with the same period a year ago, outpacing all other energy fuels in terms of percentage growth, according to newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind power saw the second-largest increase in use, rising by nearly 22 percent, followed by conventional hydroelectric power, which increased 9.1 percent, according to EIA’s latest Electric Power Monthly report [ read more … ]

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