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December 5, 2014

Reid indicates Senate might not pass House tax extender bill

By Ramsey Cox, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2014-12-05 06:57:37

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday night that the Senate might not be able to pass the House tax extenders bill before the end of the year. Reid said it was “imperative” for the Senate to pass a government funding bill and a defense spending measure before adjourning for the year, but that senators would have to wait and see if a tax deal makes it to the floor. [ read more … ]

Wind supporters cite global warming benefits in push for longer PTC 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-05 06:58:02

In trying to persuade lawmakers to extend a key renewable energy tax credit beyond the end of this year, supporters are arguing the additional wind power it would spur could put a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions and is a key piece of the broader strategy to fight global warming. Environment America today released a report, “More Wind, Less Warming,” making the case for expanding the credit. Among other findings, the report says additional wind installations would help replace coal-fired power and reduce emissions. For example, supplying 30 percent of U.S. electricity from wind by 2030 would reduce power plant carbon dioxide emissions more than 40 percent compared with 2005, a level that would help states exceed targets from EPA’s Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

U.S. oil reserves hit 1975 levels, gas reserves set record — EIA 

Jenny Mandel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-05 06:58:25

New U.S. oil and gas resources and a rebound in natural gas prices last year combined to push the nation’s proved oil and gas reserves to new highs in 2013, the Energy Information Administration announced today. Proved gas reserves went up 9.7 percent to reach a record 354 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the end of 2013, EIA said in a new report, while proved crude oil and lease condensate reserves rose 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels. [ read more … ]

Protesters the only hiccup for Obama’s FERC pick at Senate hearing 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-05 06:58:45

Despite the protest, Honorable appeared to face no political pushback at the hearing and is seen as a strong bipartisan pick, receiving approving nods today from both Republicans and Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, including a letter of support from Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Landrieu — campaigning in Louisiana for the run-off election against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — didn’t attend the hearing. [ read more … ]

Pew’s Cuttino discusses outlook for clean energy incentives, state action on renewables policy 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-12-05 06:59:04

As Washington lawmakers consider extending clean energy tax incentives, how are states faring on their renewables policies? During today’s OnPoint, Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, discusses a new series of policy briefs analyzing state clean energy economies. Cuttino also weighs in on the heated congressional debate over the production tax credit. [ read more … ]

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