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June 4, 2013

State purchasing mandates survive repeal attempts — so far

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-04 11:48:37

At least a half-dozen states saw an introduction of legislation to repeal or weaken RPS laws, though none has been enacted. And renewable proponents were able to go on the offense in a few states like Colorado, where legislators voted to strengthen an existing RPS. The repeal push is being driven by many of the same conservative groups that have lobbied against federal policies like the production tax credit, which Congress extended in January over the objection of some tea party-backed lawmakers. [ read more … ]

Dim GOP enthusiasm for cap-and-trade bill in 2009 even dimmer now

Jean Chemnick, E&E report  •    •  Posted 2013-06-04 11:48:58

The carbon dioxide cap-and-trade bill that passed the House in June 2009 did so with scant Republican support — but if it came to the floor today, the GOP tally might be zero. The five GOP supporters of the measure by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) who are still roaming the halls of the Capitol — eight voted for it in total — are increasingly reluctant to talk about climate change with reporters. Three others are gone — one voluntarily, two because they lost elections. [ read more … ]

Portland General Electric to Buy Washington Wind Energy Project

By Andrew Herndon, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2013-06-04 11:49:16

Portland General Electric Co. (POR), a utility that serves about 800,000 customers in northwest Oregon, agreed to buy a wind farm under development in Washington State that’s expected to cost as much as $535 million.

The utility will buy the second phase of Puget Sound Energy Inc.’s Lower Snake River wind farm near Dayton, Washington, and expects to complete the deal in August, PGE said today in a statement.
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