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June 5, 2013

Looking back to cap-and-trade debate revives animosities and stirs new options

Richard E. Cohen, special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-06-05 12:08:57

The failed attempt to pass climate legislation at the start of the Obama administration has fueled a renewed conflict over what went wrong, which offers useful insight — and potential implications — for what lies ahead. The retrospective, in particular, could bolster the president’s promise to pursue sweeping regulatory action to circumvent the continuing congressional deadlock. [ read more … ]

Interior to auction Atlantic Ocean lease in U.S. first

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-05 12:09:17

The Interior Department today announced that next month it will hold its first competitive lease sale for offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean, a move hailed as historic by industry officials and clean energy advocates. The department on July 31 will auction the rights to develop two wind farms on more than 250 square miles off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, an area believed to contain nearly 3,500 megawatts of wind power. [ read more … ]

Drama over: Nebraska governor signs bill on wind energy tax breaks

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-06-05 12:09:35

Heineman announced Tuesday morning that he had signed 33 bills into law, but left four measures, including the wind bill, unsigned until late afternoon. The governor said he signed the wind measure, Legislative Bill 104, only because it included an amendment to prevent a half-cent increase in local sales taxes in Omaha. [ read more … ]

Opinion: The billionaire force behind GOP attempts to dismantle Maine’s renewable energy standards

By Phil Bartlett, Special to the Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2013-06-05 12:09:54

Simply put, the Renewable Portfolio Standard is working — for everyday Mainers and businesses alike. In light of our struggling economy, programs such as the RPS should be celebrated and protected. So what could possibly have motivated Gov. Paul LePage to devote an entire weekly radio address to attacking the program? And why are some elected officials pushing legislation that would dismantle it? A new report by the Maine Conservation Alliance, Maine’s Majority Education Fund and Maine People’s Alliance, issued earlier this month, sheds some light on the powerful forces fueling LePage and his allies’ efforts to weaken Maine’s RPS: Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists from Kansas and owners of the second largest private company in the U.S. with revenues estimated at $100 billion a year. [ read more … ]

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