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May 14, 2014

Overwhelming vote advances extenders bill, but hurdles remain

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-14 06:43:55

A popular bill to extend dozens of expired business tax incentives — including several renewable electricity, energy efficiency and alternative fuels credits — cleared a key hurdle in the Senate yesterday even as it remained in danger of faltering amid bitter partisan fights that have nearly ground lawmaking to a halt. Senators overwhelmingly voted in favor of a procedural measure to formally take up the so-called tax extenders bill, but that 96-3 tally may not shield the legislation from tough hurdles ahead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is again expected to block any amendments to the bill, a move sure to further enrage Republicans who say they are routinely shut out of the legislative process. [ read more … ]

Cross-state ruling emboldens EPA on power plant regs — McCarthy

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-14 06:44:18

The Supreme Court ruling late last month that upheld a U.S. EPA rule curbing air pollution that crosses state lines bolstered the agency’s confidence that its upcoming greenhouse gas regulations will withstand legal challenges, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today. That ruling “is one of the biggest wins our agency has ever had,” McCarthy told the Association of Climate Change Officers meeting in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

South Dakota: Wind-energy projects must nagivate rules to protect birds

By Peter Harriman, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2014-05-14 06:44:46

The wind industry has praised the change for offering much needed, long-term certainty on what had been a legal gray area, while some conservation groups have called the permits a license to kill. Ultimately, the legal fight might not have great consequences for South Dakota, where there’s little evidence indicating the state’s wind farms are causing eagle fatalities. South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Gary Hanson said while high numbers of reported golden eagle deaths are reported in wind-farm accidents in California and Montana, “there really haven’t been many reported at all in South Dakota. I don’t know if there will be much effect here.” [ read more … ]

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