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December 16, 2014

Senate has end of 113th in sight

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2014-12-16 06:33:38

he Senate will vote Tuesday to clear two of President Obama’s more controversial nominees, clearing a major hurdle to finishing the 113th Congress this week. Senators will vote to end debate and confirm Sarah Saldaña, Obama’s nominee to head Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken, the choice to serve as Deputy Secretary of State. Once they are out of the way, Senate aides expect an agreement to confirm Obama’s other pending nominees by midweek. That would speed up final votes on a package extending a variety of lapsed tax breaks and on the stalled Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. [ read more … ]

Building infrastructure to sell wind energy could cost $4 billion, Nebraska power board says

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted 2014-12-16 06:34:08

The analysis also found that the market for wind power in the Midwest is already saturated with suppliers; neighboring Iowa gets 27 percent of its power from wind, mostly from MidAmerican Energy, the utility owned by Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway. Also among the findings are that Nebraska offers lower financial incentives than other states and that the state suffers from “the perception of a more burdensome permitting and regulatory process.” [ read more … ]

Iowa projected to add 1,330 energy jobs in 2015

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-12-16 06:34:30

Iowa could add about 1,300 more advanced energy jobs next year, pushing up employment in wind, solar, renewable fuels and energy efficiency to nearly 24,000, according to a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. The Washington, D.C., advocacy group said advanced energy this year made up 1.3 percent of Iowa’s total workforce with 22,643 workers at 1,427 companies. It’s expected to climb 6 percent to 23,979 in 2015, according to the report that’s based on an industry survey. [ read more … ]

Industry pushes court to end federal demand-response program 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-16 06:34:47

Industry groups are asking a federal appeals court to vacate the government’s high-profile, demand-response program now instead of waiting to see whether the Supreme Court will review the case. The Edison Electric Institute and other utility groups urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday to reject FERC’s request to keep in place Order 745, which directs demand-response providers such as factories or commercial buildings to receive full market prices when they curtail electricity use. [ read more … ]

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