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February 24, 2014

Camp expected to roll out comprehensive reform draft as Wyden stays focused on extenders

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-24 07:02:21

Political considerations also could complicate the push for a tax extenders package. Such legislation typically carries a hefty price tag that rankles budget-conscious members, and some of the specific provisions — in particular the PTC — are facing increasingly intense opposition from outside conservative groups aligned with fossil fuel interests. Congress most recently passed an extenders bill in the lame-duck session following the 2012 election. However, at that time it was able to hitch a ride on the larger “fiscal cliff” legislation to prevent an across-the-board increase in individuals’ taxes. The lack of a similarly significant “must-pass” bill this time around further complicates the prospect for extenders, but many of the breaks enjoy broad backing from lawmakers, and advocates say they are staying optimistic. [ read more … ]

Democratic leader’s pitch to make carbon tax part of broader reform meets some skepticism

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-24 07:02:48

California’s Senate majority leader yesterday proposed a carbon tax for transportation fuel to replace part of the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases but immediately ran into opposition from fellow top Democrats and environmental groups. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D) pitched it as part of a broader tax reform movement that he hopes to institute, possibly in time for next year, when the state’s emissions trading program expands from utilities, refineries and other industrial emitters to covering carbon-based transportation fuels, as well. [ read more … ]

FERC clarifies rule critical to storage, renewables

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-24 07:03:11

“Although it will help the entire marketplace, frankly a lot of these changes are designed to help facilitate renewable and intermittent generation along with the newer technologies for faster frequency response or storage,” Moeller said. “I think the key takeaway is that this commission has been very amenable to trying to integrate intermittent resources.” [ read more … ]

Political stakes high for Monday showdown over EPA climate crackdown

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-24 07:03:27

President Obama’s use of executive power to tackle global warming goes on trial Monday when the Supreme Court hears arguments in a challenge from industry and a dozen states to a U.S. EPA effort to curb industrial emissions of greenhouse gases. Returning from a month off, the justices have scheduled unusually long arguments in a case focused on whether EPA lawfully included greenhouse gases in the permitting process for power plants and other large pollution sources. [ read more … ]

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