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March 9, 2012

Senate starts voting; House lags on reauthorization

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-09 12:19:34

The Senate dispensed with several controversial amendments yesterday, including provisions dealing with Gulf of Mexico restoration, EPA’s air pollution rules, offshore drilling and funding for rural schools. They also held two high-profile votes on amendments dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline. Up next week are a trio of amendments that would either renew or eliminate some energy tax credits, a bill creating incentives for natural gas vehicles and language that would restrict tour flights over the Grand Canyon. [ read more … ]

Senate faces long list of amendments; House may fall in line

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-09 12:20:30

After weeks of wrangling over their surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Senate this afternoon is set to start working through a list of 30 amendments that contains a meaty assortment of energy measures. The Senate is scheduled to start voting at about 2:15 this afternoon on a negotiated list of 30 amendments that will include language on the Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. EPA clean air rules, energy tax extenders and expanded offshore drilling. The set of amendments includes 18 germane amendments and 12 nongermane ones, plus a manager’s amendment that includes 37 noncontroversial ones from both sides. [ read more … ]

Senators vote down expanded drilling measure as transportation debate begins

Jason Plautz and Phil Taylor

Jason Plautz and Phil Taylor  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-09 11:37:00

The Senate rejected a measure from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today that would have expanded offshore drilling as they moved through the first day of a slog of 30 amendment votes to their transportation reauthorization bill. The Senate cleared eight of its 12 nongermane amendments, many of which dealt with contentious energy issues that have been repeated talking points throughout this Congress. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the chamber would resume work Tuesday on those amendments, as well as 18 germane amendments. A final vote on the transportation spending package is tentatively expected next week. [ read more … ]

Calif. utilities surge past 20% mark for green energy

Anne C. Mulkern  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-09 12:21:17

California’s largest utilities have hit or are close to reaching a mandate that they generate 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, a major milestone as the state pushes toward the country’s most ambitious green energy goal. [ read more … ]

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