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December 21, 2017

Orphans,’ nuclear, renewables, CCS make the cut in Senate’s extenders bill

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:48:31

The package, introduced by Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and committee Republicans, would extend an assortment of efficiency, biodiesel and renewable incentives that expired at the end of 2016 through the end of 2018. The bill adds fuel cells, small wind, combined heat and power facilities, and other orphaned sources left out of the 2015 deal to the same phaseout schedule that law gave to wind and solar through production and investment tax credits. [ read more … ]

Final tax bill removes language that put Colorado’s wind industry on shaky ground

By Danika Worthington, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:52:02

The final tax bill, which is now on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk, is a relief to wind industry advocates, who say it steadies the ground under $50 billion of investments, including $1.1 billion in Colorado. The final bill took the Senate’s language when it came to the Production Tax Credit, preserving an already existing tax credit phase-out plan approved by Congress in 2015, instead of embracing language in the House’s bill that retroactively changed available credits and the conditions to qualify. [ read more … ]

Judge overturns Washington’s carbon-capping rule

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:52:22

A state judge has ruled against large portions of Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-capping regulation, but the full impact of the ruling is still to be determined. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled Friday from the bench against Inslee’s Clean Air Rule, which went into effect in January. The rule is intended to reduce the state’s carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the end of the decade and 25 percent below that in 2035. [ read more … ]

Iowa utilities adding to state’s wind power portfolio

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:53:20

Plans for Alliant Energy’s latest wind project would add another 170-megawatt wind farm to the state’s growing population of turbines. On the back of Alliant’s 2016 pledge to spend $1 billion on 500 megawatts of wind power, a contract between Alliant and the turbine contractor for the Poweshiek County project is expected to receive final approval this week and the wind farm will be completed in 2020. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma’s Wind Catcher backers have created a scholarship program that would support its future employees and others

By Jack Money, The Daily Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:53:51

They announced the program as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission prepares to take public comments as part of a cost-recovery request filed by PSO that’s related to plans the partners have to build a 2,000 megawatt wind farm that is expected to generate its power from 800 GE 2.5 megawatt turbines. The project, which will be developed along the border of Cimarron and Texas counties, also proposes a dedicated line to take electricity generated by Wind Catcher to 1.1 million customers of PSO and its sister utility, Southwestern Electric Power Co. [ read more … ]

Bill would establish energy tech nonprofit

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:52:58

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is planning to put forward legislation today that would direct the secretary of Energy to create a nonprofit organization designed to support the development of energy technology. The bill, which is being introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) in the Senate, would establish a nonprofit called the Impact for Energy Foundation. The bill would “channel private-sector investments that support the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that address tomorrow’s energy challenges.” [ read more … ]

Brownback Sees Rolled-Back Kansas Cuts Still Shaping Debate

By John Hanna, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:48:14

Brownback is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Looking ahead during the interview, he’s still traveling the state, touting his administration’s work issues such as water policy and talking up growth in the state’s wind-energy industry. [ read more … ]

Pulitzer-winning environmental writer Robert Semple retiring

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-21 06:47:33

Robert Semple Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer who led a crusade against mining near Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s, will retire after more than 50 years at The New York Times. “Bob is probably the single most influential U.S. journalist on energy, the environment and climate change issues in the last 30 years,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former White House climate adviser under President Clinton. “His advocacy on major land conservation, air quality and climate protection issues in particular has been hugely effective.” For nearly three decades, Semple has been an editor and writer for the paper’s editorial page, where he has consistently taken on the biggest environment and energy policy issues of the day. [ read more … ]

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