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May 16, 2014

Reid blocks amendments to extenders bill

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:14:47

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yesterday formally blocked amendments to a tax bill, setting up a procedural vote this afternoon amid continuing tension over floor procedure that could sink the legislation despite its substantial bipartisan support. Left hanging are a dozen energy tax incentives, including the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC), several alternative fuel credits and incentives for energy efficiency. Those are among the more than 50 expired tax breaks that would be reinstated by the Senate bill, although they face stiffer resistance in the House. [ read more … ]

FERC debates impact of wind PTC, transmission on nuclear fleet

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:15:12

Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today disagreed about just how large an effect wind production tax credits are having on the U.S. nuclear fleet. Commissioner John Norris said the wind production tax credits that have drawn the ire of nuclear giant Exelon Corp. are a “distraction” that is not productive to the larger conversation about what’s challenging nuclear units. [ read more … ]

McCarthy Says EPA on Track to Propose Guidelines for Existing Power Plants June 2

By Anthony Adragna, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:15:34

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to propose “legally sound” guidelines for limiting carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act for existing power plants June 2, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said May 13. Speaking to the Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Strategies Forum, McCarthy said she has been “extremely pleased” with the cooperation the EPA has received from various agencies that have helped to ensure that the standards are legally sound and account for the effects the rule could have on various areas of the economy. [ read more … ]

White House messaging strategy earns accolades from PR pros

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:15:54

Long before it unveiled a major scientific report last week demonstrating how climate change is already affecting communities around the country, the White House had already settled on a strategy of making warming a hometown issue for as many Americans as possible. Cabinet members racked up frequent flyer miles last summer discussing the effects of climate change on crops in Des Moines, Iowa, or the job-creation potential of advanced energy technologies in Morgantown, W.Va., for example (E&E Daily, July 29, 2013). [ read more … ]

Colo. Ruling Bolsters State Green Energy Mandates

By Keith Goldberg, Law360  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:16:14

A federal judge’s recent dismissal of a suit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s renewable energy mandate will give officials in other states confidence that their clean energy requirements can survive similar challenges, though experts say it’s unclear how strict the mandates can be without tripping over the dormant commerce clause of the Constitution. Fossil fuel advocates Energy and Environment Legal Institute had claimed Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires state-regulated utilities to draw a percentage of their power from renewable sources, unlawfully regulates out-of-state, nonrenewable energy in violation of the dormant commerce clause — but that argument didn’t fly with U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez. [ read more … ]

Proposed electric line gets key federal approval

By John Green, The Hutchinson News  •    •  Posted 2014-05-16 03:16:30

The Houston company proposing to build a high-voltage direct current electric utility line across Kansas – to deliver Kansas-generated wind energy to eastern U.S. users – has received a key approval from federal regulators. Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC said it has secured approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to negotiate agreements to sell capacity on its proposed 3.5-GW overhead transmission line. The 750-mile-long Grain Belt Express will link wind farms in western Kansas with utilities, load-serving entities and clean energy generators in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, eventually transporting power for an estimated 1.4 million households annually, according to company estimates. [ read more … ]

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