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January 7, 2015

House Republicans Change Rules on Calculating Economic Impact of Bills

By JONATHAN WEISMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-01-07 06:34:03

After the drama of electing a new speaker of the House and the changing of control in the Senate, the House on Tuesday approved an obscure but significant rule change requiring the economic effects of legislation to be included in a bill’s official cost to the Treasury. The change on “dynamic scoring” — ardently sought since the 1990s by Republicans — could ease passage of major tax cuts by showing that their impact on economic growth would substantially reduce their cost to the Treasury. [ read more … ]

Californians on Way to State’s New Energy Goals

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-01-07 06:34:23

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. Pushing programs such as high-speed rail, for which Brown broke ground on Tuesday in Fresno; increasing the standard for gas-powered cars to 35 miles per gallon; and ramping up use of electric cars and other vehicles powered by alternative fuels would all help get California to Brown’s goals on time, state clean-air officials and industry representatives said.Brown set promotion of conservation programs and alternatives to oil, gas and coal as a priority for his fourth and final term in his inaugural speech on Monday. [ read more … ]

EPA might tweak Clean Power Plan’s short-term targets — McCabe 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-07 06:34:43

U.S. EPA’s air chief appeared to hint today that her agency might include language in its final version of the Clean Power Plan that would soften state carbon reduction responsibilities in the short term. In a post on EPA’s blog this afternoon, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe hit back at criticisms that the June 2 draft rule would be costly and affect grid reliability by citing her agency’s release in October of a document asking for comment on whether to loosen the proposal’s interim state targets. [ read more … ]

Maine wind industry boasts 1,560 jobs, $532 million in spending

BY TUX TURKEL, STAFF WRITER, Portland Express Herald  •    •  Posted 2015-01-07 06:35:01

Wind power companies have spent more than $532 million on projects in Maine over the past eight years and are poised to spend an additional $745 million over the next four, an industry trade group said Tuesday in a report summarizing the economic impact of wind energy in the state between 2006 and 2018. [ read more … ]

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