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June 16, 2014

Political spotlight returns to Energy panel this week with votes on FERC nominees, KXL pipeline

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 06:32:04

The arcane but powerful Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will once again spark political conflagration this week as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee casts its vote on Norman Bay, President Obama’s second contentious pick in recent months to lead the agency. The Senate committee Wednesday is scheduled to vote on Bay and the renomination of Cheryl LaFleur, the agency’s acting chairwoman whose term expires this month, as well as a bill fast-tracking the stalled Keystone XL pipelin [ read more … ]

Despite representing wind-heavy district, new majority leader likely to oppose PTC extension — source

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:03:59

The impending promotion to House majority leader for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican with a moderate reputation on energy policy who represents one of the windiest districts in the country, would at first seem like good news for clean energy supporters hoping to extend a key renewable electricity tax break at the end of this year. Not so fast. A source close to McCarthy told Greenwire he is not in favor of renewing the production tax credit, which expired at the end of last year. Extending the $23-per-megawatt-hour credit has been the top priority for wind, geothermal and other energy companies that warn their businesses could collapse without the credit. [ read more … ]

McCarthy draws long-shot leadership rival as enviros fume over wind credit

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:06:36

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) smooth glide to the majority leader’s post next week hit a small bump today in the form of Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) as greens slammed him for opposing an extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC). A dyed-in-the-wool conservative elected in the tea party wave of 2010, Labrador announced a long-shot candidacy to replace departing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) with a statement that vowed to tackle “immobility amongst the poor” and the power of “special interests” over policymaking.” Americans don’t believe their leaders in Washington are listening and now is the time to change that,” Labrador said. “We must restore the proper role of government to create space for free markets and civil society to prosper and flourish. [ read more … ]

Ohio Governor signs bill pausing renewable-energy goals

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:04:50

Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed into law a bill delaying the phase-in of the state’s renewable-energy and efficiency targets and repealing advanced-energy mandates put in place in 2008. The law puts a two-year hold on renewables targets in a compromise Kasich backed to avoid a full repeal being pushed in the state Senate. The thresholds, to be maintained at current levels next year and in 2016, resume in 2017 if the state Legislature fails to act. The law also creates a study panel of lawmakers to review the impacts of Ohio’s clean-energy standard and sets out that the Legislature’s aim is a permanent repeal. [ read more … ]

Ohio rebels against Obama climate change agenda with energy bill

By Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, Guardian  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:05:10

The coal-heavy state of Ohio rebelled against Barack Obama’s climate change agenda on Friday, becoming the first state to roll back measures promoting wind and solar power and energy efficiency. The bill signed into law by Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, puts a two-year freeze on measures requiring power companies to obtain some of their electricity from wind and solar power, and reduce demand for electricity. The move will make it harder for Ohio to meet new standards unrolled by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month cutting carbon pollution from power plants by a national average of 30%, by 2030, opponents of the new measure said. [ read more … ]

Ohio poised to become first state to freeze renewable energy standard

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:05:39

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is expected to sign a bill into law this weekend freezing his state’s renewable energy standard (RES) for two years, marking a victory for conservative state legislators and some industries that have opposed the policies. While the bill (S.B. 310) would not eliminate the RES, it would put the brakes on rules that mandate annual energy efficiency upgrades and encourage the growth of renewable energy. Provisions favoring in-state generation and a carve-out for solar energy would be permanently scrapped. [ read more … ]

Industry urges Moniz to support transmission line connecting Okla. to the Southeast

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:06:05

Renewable energy developers and wind industry groups yesterday voiced their support for a proposed $2 billion, 700-mile transmission line project in a series of letters to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Called the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, the project would funnel 3,500 megawatts of the Oklahoma Panhandle’s wind wealth to energy buyers in Arkansas, Tennessee and population centers in other Southeastern states. It is being developed by the Houston-based company Clean Line Energy. [ read more … ]

Gov. Brown and lawmakers reach deal on spending billions in carbon cap-and-trade revenues

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-16 05:07:03

Billions of dollars in revenues from California’s carbon cap-and-trade auctions will help fund development of the state’s high-speed rail line and pay for public transit, affordable housing and communities located near jobs and transportation under a deal struck yesterday. [ read more … ]

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