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November 13, 2017

House and Senate to advance overhaul bills

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 06:43:00

The Senate Finance Committee this afternoon will begin what is expected to be a several-day markup on its tax package unveiled last week by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). It largely leaves key energy breaks enjoyed by renewables and fossil fuel producers intact, while also lowering corporate rates to 20 percent starting in 2019. The Senate bill is also notable for what’s not in it: extensions of a nuclear production tax credit and incentives for carbon capture and sequestration and biodiesel that enjoy bipartisan support. They could emerge during the markup. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Firms Cheer U.S. Senate Tax Bill for Keeping Tax Credit

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:39:03

The U.S wind energy industry on Friday cheered a Senate tax proposal that, unlike the House version unveiled last week, preserves the tax credit that helps wind farms compete with plants fired by fossil fuels. The Senate plan brought relief to an industry that has spent the last week warning lawmakers on Capitol Hill that changes to the credit would put $50 billion in planned investment at risk. [ read more … ]

Senate bill protects renewable credits, fossil fuel breaks

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:38:15

Most energy provisions of the tax code would remain unchanged under the Senate’s tax overhaul released last night, sidestepping for now battles over sector-specific incentives. The 253-page chairman’s mark makes no mention of key breaks for fossil fuels and clean energy that have been the subject of intense discussion on Capitol Hill in recent years. [ read more … ]

Major Differences in House, Senate Tax Proposals

By Andrew Taylor and Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:38:44

The loss of tax credits for renewable energy would free billions to help pay for the corporate tax cuts in the legislation. But in addition to environmentalists’ objections, the prospect also angers some Republican senators, including powerful Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has vowed to defend the credit. [ read more … ]

As U.S. Sheds Role as Climate Change Leader, Who Will Fill the Void?

By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:36:19

Perhaps no group has made a bigger splash on the world stage this year than the coalition of United States governors, mayors and businesses who call themselves the We Are Still In coalition. Informally led by Gov. Jerry Brown of California; Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, the group has vowed to uphold the Paris agreement and move ahead with policies to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

75 coal and nuclear power plants to close by 2020 — report

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:41:04

Utilities are planning to retire 75 coal and nuclear generating units in the United States by 2020, according to a new analysis from a well-known environmental organization that is expanding its work on energy policy. [ read more … ]

Court again stays litigation over Obama climate rule

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:39:45

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday said it would suspend litigation over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for an additional 60 days.The abeyance comes as U.S. EPA has begun the process to repeal the rule, which required states to develop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a repeal proposal in October; the agency is currently accepting public comment. [ read more … ]

Greens and Dems smell a wave coming in 2018

Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:40:05

Last week’s elections were a wild success for Democrats and their allies in the environmental movement. Now they sense momentum heading into the critical 2018 midterms. “We’re off to a great start this election cycle,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “Clean energy was a big winner [on Tuesday], and polluters were the big losers.” [ read more … ]

The Way the Wind Blows

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-13 04:40:29

When the wind shifts, the three-blade design minimizes vibration or “chatter.” A two-blade system is subject to considerable chatter when the blades are in the horizontal position, with associated wear and tear on the turbine. The chatter is sometimes audible. [ read more … ]

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