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September 18, 2014

Wyden wants ‘performance based’ energy subsidies — defining ‘performance’ is the tricky part

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:38:47

A Finance Committee hearing yesterday on energy tax policy issues served largely as a table-setter for a potential return next year to comprehensive tax reform negotiations, which would affect all sectors of the economy. But Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) briefly touched on their more immediate concern — the “tax extenders” package that has been awaiting action for months. Both said they would like a post-election lame-duck session to be used to pass the bill, which includes about a dozen energy-related tax breaks such as the production tax credit (PTC) among its 50 or so provisions. [ read more … ]

Obama may enjoy a ‘leadership moment’ at next week’s climate summit meeting in N.Y.

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:44:24

Don’t expect the United States to announce any new emissions targets at next week’s U.N. global warming summit. And definitely don’t expect promises of money for poor countries. But observers say that when President Obama takes the stage in New York, he will have a unique chance to recast America’s role in fighting climate change to the international community. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan House members launch coalition

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:39:08

Bipartisan members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are slated to launch a new “grid innovation” caucus today with a host of electric industry representatives on the steps of the Capitol. But whether the policy-focused group will make gains in a partisan Congress remains to be seen. Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of California, a former wind power engineer, will join Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina to launch the group, which will focus on educating members about “smart grid” technology and the need for modernizing the grid. [ read more … ]

FERC deadlocked over fairness of rules in power-starved New England

Hannah Northey and Rod Kuckro, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:44:46

Skyrocketing prices in energy-starved New England — made worse by the closure of the region’s largest coal plant — are now pitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against one another in a debate over market rules and consumer protection. The disagreement could shine a bright light on Norman Bay’s leadership style come next year. [ read more … ]

2 buoys will help the U.S. explore vast offshore wind power potential

Niina Heikkinen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:45:06

Developers hoping to make offshore wind power a commercial reality in the United States have been slowed in part by one problem: None of the instruments measuring offshore wind speeds is recording winds at 600 feet above sea level, the height of the wind turbine blades. This particular obstacle may soon be solved with the launch of two bright-yellow highly equipped research buoys designed to do just that. [ read more … ]

Environmental, consumer groups seek greenhouse gas reduction metrics in Ill.

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-18 06:45:25

Consumer and environmental groups in Illinois are urging state regulators to require utilities to track reductions in greenhouse gas emissions directly linked to smart grid investments. The metrics proposed by the Citizens Utility Board and Environmental Defense Fund would focus on when and how shifts in energy use translate to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

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