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December 7, 2016

Dems decry appropriations bill provisions but may be unable to change them

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:38:25

The CR does not include tax credit extensions for combined heat and power, small wind, geothermal heat pumps and other technologies left out of last year’s spending deal. For months, various industries have lobbied Capitol Hill, saying the failure to extend credits by the end of the year could lead to widespread layoffs and a collapse in sales for many technologies [ read more … ]

Senate trying to revive reform bill

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:39:01

Senate energy conferees continue to try to get the House to reach a deal on the reform package, which appeared to be hanging by a thread this afternoon. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) this morning cast doubt about the prospects for an agreement, signaling negotiations weren’t going smoothly and promising a decision “very soon” [ read more … ]

Trump’s Meeting With Al Gore Gives Environmental Activists Hope

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:38:45

President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, met on Monday with the climate-activist extraordinaire Al Gore, offering environmental activists a glimmer of hope that the Trump administration’s policies will moderate from his campaign pledges to scrap all efforts to stem the warming of the planet. [ read more … ]

Obama admin OKs linking Canadian hydro to New England

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:39:21

The high-voltage direct current transmission line is slated to run from the Canadian border at Alburgh, Vt., to Ludlow, Vt., along underwater and underground routes. The underwater portion will be buried in the bed of Lake Champlain. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said the project, when constructed, will help the region reduce carbon emissions and benefit ratepayers. [ read more … ]

Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

By QUENTIN HARDY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:39:39

Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels. The online giant said on Tuesday that all of its data centers around the world will be entirely powered with renewable energy sources sometime next year. This is not to say that Google computers will consume nothing but wind and solar power. Like almost any company, Google gets power from a power company, which operates an energy grid typically supplied by a number of sources, including hydroelectric dams, natural gas, coal and wind power. [ read more … ]

What will happen to RFS under President Trump?

By Rod Swoboda, Fram Progress  •    •  Posted 2016-12-07 06:40:04

President-elect Donald Trump bashed wind energy when he was on the campaign trail, raising questions about its cost. And he called global warming, which is a driving force to switch to energy generation that creates fewer greenhouse gases, a hoax. Those comments could spell trouble for Iowa, a state that is a wind energy leader. Iowa now gets more than one-third of its electrical power from the spinning blades of wind turbines scattered across the state. [ read more … ]

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