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November 21, 2014

Lawmakers seek way out of appropriations, tax extenders morass

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-21 06:32:17

While political drama over the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s impending immigration announcement have captured most of the public attention on Capitol Hill since lawmakers returned last week, negotiations are continuing behind the scenes over legislation to keep the government running and renew dozens of lapsed tax incentives for renewable energy and other businesses. Resolution of the tax and spending debates is unlikely until at least next month, but discussions remain ongoing over several areas that sharply divide House and Senate majorities, including renewable energy tax breaks and appropriations riders that would limit U.S. EPA rules. [ read more … ]

NRG Seeks to Cut 90% of Its Carbon Emissions

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-11-21 06:33:23

NRG, which built a leading electricity business from coal and other conventional power plants, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050, the company said on Thursday. David Crane, the company’s chief executive, made the announcement at a ceremony breaking ground for the company’s new headquarters in Princeton, N.J., conceived as a green-energy showcase that will open in 2016. “The power industry is the biggest part of the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, but it has the potential to be an even bigger part of the solution,” Mr. Crane said in an interview before the announcement. [ read more … ]

Poll: 67 Percent Of Americans Would Pay Higher Prices To Cut Power Plant Emissions

BY JEFF SPROSS, Climate Progress  •    •  Posted 2014-11-21 06:33:48

A survey released Wednesday by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication asked 1,275 adult voters if they would support “strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health,” even if “the cost of electricity to consumers and companies would likely increase.” Twenty-three percent responded they would “strongly” support the policy, and 44 percent said they would “somewhat” support it. [ read more … ]

Grassley: Don’t ‘pull the rug out’ from wind energy

By Ramsey Cox, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2014-11-21 06:32:44

Grassley said he was encouraged to hear that House and Senate lawmakers are holding informal talks to work out a tax extenders package. The tax code has been expired for 11 months and if lawmakers don’t pass a package by the end of the year to extend tax deductions, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could have to retroactively address the issue if something is passed next year.“Tax season is unpleasant enough without us adding to it,” Grassley said. “It’s now time to get to work and get the extenders bill done.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Congress must not let wind energy jobs blow away

By Michael Brune and Leo W. Gerard, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2014-11-21 06:33:02

Wind energy provides a powerful success story. In 2012, wind was our nation’s fastest-growing source of new electrical capacity. Wind power is a clean, renewable energy source that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollution and consumes virtually no water. As its share of our nation’s energy mix increases, we’re also protecting our planet.The wind industry currently employs more than 50,000 American workers and produces enough clean energy to power 15 million homes. Wind energy creates good-paying jobs for the workers who build, maintain, and operate wind turbines, and who support operations. A strong domestic wind industry is essential to the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and good manufacturing jobs. [ read more … ]

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