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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 5, 2014

Amid logjam, energy issues stand as potential bright spot

By Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-05 07:12:41

The tax landscape is similarly uncertain. The House has voted to make permanent just a few of the perennially expiring breaks known as “tax extenders,” such as the research and development tax credit, and GOP leaders there say they would like to end most of the incentives that are typically combined in an extenders package. In the Senate, Democratic leaders are pushing for a broader bill that won bipartisan support in the Finance Committee to continue all of the extenders through the end of next year, including provisions for renewable energy and biofuels. [ read more … ]

Republican Senate vs. EPA rules — messaging or something more?

By Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-05 07:13:00

The Republican Senate majority elected last night places a bull’s-eye squarely on U.S. EPA’s power-sector greenhouse gas rules, but opinions vary on whether those efforts will hit their mark.Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who seems poised to become the new Senate majority leader in January, said on the campaign trail that if voters returned him to Washington, D.C., with a Republican majority, he would make rolling back EPA’s power plant rules a top priority. [ read more … ]

GOP wave keeps incumbents safe, flips blue-state seats

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-05 07:13:21

The Senate wasn’t the only place where the GOP had a good night. Most eyes yesterday were on high-profile Senate races in the midterm election that handed Republicans the reins in the upper chamber of Congress. But Republicans also had a surprisingly good night in 36 gubernatorial elections, where a spate of close races fell in their favor. High-profile GOP governors in states including Florida, Maine and Wisconsin clinched second terms, after polls showed tight races leading up to Election Day. The GOP also made some surprising gains by snagging seats that had been held by Democrats, including in blue states Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Wyoming wind on the long trail west

by Ros Davidson, Windpower Monthly  •    •  Posted 2014-11-05 07:13:45

Two major private transmission lines are proposed to move wind power from windy Wyoming (population 583,000) to power-hungry California (population 38.3 million). TransWest Express (TWE) and Zephyr are each backed by a tenacious company with deep pockets. But it is unclear if both of the high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) lines will be built because of the inherent risk of such multi-billion-dollar projects and the politics of California importing electricity. [ read more … ]

More activists arrested as climate demonstration continues at FERC

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-05 07:14:06

John Abbe hadn’t heard of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until a few weeks ago. Like many protesters rallying before the agency in Washington, D.C., this morning, he’s now convinced the little-known commission is rubber-stamping a wave of gas projects tied to a national oil and gas boom. Abbe actually set out from California eight months ago with more than 600 activists on a cross-country trek to raise awareness about climate change — a movement that led him and other protesters to FERC’s doorstep today. [ read more … ]

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