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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 10, 2014

House to vote on short-term funding bill

By Scott Wong, The  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:56:20

Reid filed cloture on the defense bill Tuesday, likely setting up a vote Thursday to end an expected filibuster of the bill. A final vote would be held either Thursday or Friday. The Democratic leader said he would schedule a vote on a one-year extension of tax provisions after dealing with the omnibus and defense legislation. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is pushing for a longer-term tax package that would include a permanent extension of charitable tax breaks. But Reid sees little chance of passing it. [ read more … ]

$1T spending deal averts government shutdown 

Nick Juliano, Manuel Quiñones and Annie Snider, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:56:37

Of the three main energy and environmental policymaking agencies, only DOE would see a budget increase. Its energy programs would grow $22 million to $10.2 billion next year, with increases across its most significant offices. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s budget authority would grow nearly $25 million compared to fiscal 2014, to $1.93 billion for this fiscal year; Nuclear Energy would receive $914 million, a $24 million increase from last year; and Fossil Energy would add nearly $9 million, securing $571 million in the bill. [ read more … ]

In North Dakota, wind energy closes the gap on coal

By David Rupkalvis Minot Daily News  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:57:05

While coal-powered mines will probably be the No. 1 source for producing electricity in North Dakota, wind energy is slowly closing the gap. At Basin Electric Cooperative, the co-op members asked Basin to produce 10 percent of its energy through renewable resources, primarily wind and hydro power. Within a few years, the company reached that threshold and has since surpassed it, the Minot Daily News reported. [ read more … ]

ALEC model pushes states to veto EPA’s Clean Power Plan 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:57:32

If members of an influential conservative group get their way, state legislatures across the country will soon pass measures giving themselves veto power over how their states comply with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The American Legislative Exchange Council’s energy subcommittee approved a model bill last week that would block states’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, unless both chambers of the state legislature give the proposals their blessing. [ read more … ]

Legislature-commissioned report finds carbon tax feasible for Ore. 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:57:52

A carbon tax in Oregon would have minimal effects on jobs and the economy, paving the way for the state’s Legislature to pursue carbon pricing in 2015, according to an analysis by researchers at Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC).That, in turn, could be a first step in joining or linking to California’s existing cap-and-trade system and perhaps British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax, as well. The state and Canadian province, along with Washington, have already committed to regional carbon pricing under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. [ read more … ]

Mich. appeals court knocks down towns’ turbine ban 

Steven Reed, Lansing State Journa  •    •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:58:19

Three Michigan townships called a special joint meeting set for Thursday night to consider how to continue their two-year blockade of a proposed 39-turbine project after the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling invalidating their restrictive ordinances. The three-judge panel ruled that Clinton County’s zoning ordinance passed in 2011 trumped Dallas, Essex and Bengal townships’ police-power ordinances restricting height, setback, noise or other elements of the wind farm. The judges said the townships could have passed zoning ordinances but chose not to. [ read more … ]

Promoting Regional Energy Partnerships for Advancing Resilient Energy Systems Act (PREPARE Act)

  •  Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition  •  Posted 2014-12-10 06:58:37

The PREPARE Act authorizes DOE to enter into regional cooperative agreements with States, providing technical assistance and working closely with key stakeholders, to develop strategies and plans that address the unique energy needs of the region. Serving as a long-term strategic partner, DOE can act as convener, independent facilitator, and technical expert on emerging energy issues. [ read more … ]

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