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January 29, 2015

Senate votes down PTC amendment 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-29 06:59:23

A majority of the Senate went on record yesterday against reinstating an expired renewable energy tax credit through the end of the decade.The 47-51 failure of a nonbinding measure calling for a five-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) delivered a tough start to the year for supporters of the wind energy industry, the credit’s primary beneficiary. [ read more … ]

Iowa poised to move back up in wind power production ranking

By Dar Danielson, Iowa Radio  •    •  Posted 2015-01-29 06:59:55

Iowa remains third in the country for the amount of electricity produced by wind power, but could move up as more projects are built this year. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its annual report on wind production today and it shows Iowa in third place behind Texas and California. AWEA analyst, Emily Williams says 2014 saw a record number of new wind turbines built as the industry saw a rebound. [ read more … ]

Inslee’s carbon price plan draws a divided crowd at hearing 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-29 07:00:14

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) broad climate bill to make polluters pay for carbon emissions sparked heated debate yesterday during state lawmakers’ first public hearing on it, which quickly filled the legislative chamber and spilled out into several overflow rooms. More than three dozen speakers testified before the House Environment Committee, while outside the chamber, groups demonstrated both in support of and opposition to H.B. 1314. [ read more … ]

Oregon Legislature’s transportation debate heats up

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-01-29 07:00:35

Legislative Republicans are threatening to block a proposed transportation package if Democrats move forward with legislation aimed at combating greenhouse gases. Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday the development makes him pessimistic about the prospects for a gas tax increase to pay for transportation projects.
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Appeals court sets date for arguments on Clean Power Plan 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-29 07:00:52

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in April on lawsuits from several states, utilities and power companies challenging U.S. EPA’s proposal to set greenhouse gas standards for power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said yesterday it will convene April 16 to hear the consolidated lawsuits brought by West Virginia, Murray Energy Corp. and others. [ read more … ]

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