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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 5, 2014

Obama lays out ‘road map’ to achieving climate, energy goals

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:31:12

The budget renews Obama’s call for the repeal of $4 billion in annual subsidies to the oil industry, an oft-repeated request from the president that stands little chance of clearing Congress. The budget also calls for advancing the “all of the above” energy strategy through investment in natural gas production and the promotion of “cleaner-burning fossil fuel technology such as natural gas with carbon capture,” the advancement of energy efficiency and making a renewable energy tax credit permanent. [ read more … ]

Obama proposes boost for renewables, efficiency at fossil fuels’ expense

Katherine Ling, Hannah Northey and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:31:37

President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request would boost funding for innovation in renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing across various programs, reflecting White House priorities — but those policies are likely to spur critics to again question the administration’s commitment to an “all of the above” energy strategy. [ read more … ]

Wyden announces senior staff hires for Finance Committee

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:32:01

Among the new hires are Finance Committee Staff Director Joshua Sheinkman, who held the same position at ENR and has worked for Wyden since at least 1994, according to the congressional staff database LegiStorm. Jocelyn Moore will be the committee’s deputy staff director; she has been Wyden’s deputy chief of staff since last April after more than a decade on Capitol Hill working on health care, immigration and other issues. [ read more … ]

John Podesta: The man behind President Obama’s new environmental push

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:32:30

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who attended the Podesta-brokered meeting last week between governors and Obama, said in an interview that Podesta “speaks through his actions” and that the session “demonstrated in the most tangible way how committed the president is to trying to address this issue. It showed that we have a real situation. They actually said as much.” [ read more … ]

Maine High court overrules state approval of multimillion-dollar wind energy deal

By Naomi Schalit, ©Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:32:55

A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that a state agency’s approval of the complex deal was invalid. [ read more … ]

Moniz touts budget’s focus on grid, carbon capture, cybersecurity

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:33:16

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today touted the president’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal for the Energy Department as a means to advance a “grid of the future,” curb carbon emissions — including those from natural gas — and bolster cybersecurity. [ read more … ]

Major Minn. power supplier calls for a CO2 price to implement EPA power plant rule

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:33:41

In the cooperative’s plan, independent system operators (ISOs), the managers of regional grids, would place a carbon fee on generated electricity. Great River Energy is the first electric cooperative to publicly offer a response to EPA’s rules.

“It takes advantage of all of the infrastructure that’s been created in our industry,” said Jon Brekke, vice president of membership and energy markets for Great River Energy. “It just adds another component to the management [of the grids] and, we think, could add another benefit to it.” [ read more … ]

White House proposes cuts to 2015 USDA budget

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted 2014-03-05 08:33:59

The 2015 White House budget proposal also included the reinstatements of several expired tax provisions, such as credits for cellulosic biofuel and wind energy production. [ read more … ]

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