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February 3, 2015

Obama 2016 Budget Urges States to Cut Emissions Faster

By REUTERS  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:49:32

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposes boosting funding for clean energy by 7 percent and a new $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials said Monday. Obama’s budget also calls for the permanent extension of the Production Tax Credit, used by the wind industry, and the Investment Tax Credit, used by the solar industry, the officials said. [ read more … ]

Spending request hike to heat up debate on energy production

Katherine Ling, Daniel Bush, Nick Juliano and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:50:03

The budget proposes a nearly $800 million increase over current funding for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which funds research and development into wind and solar power, biofuels, and energy-saving technologies, among other areas. [ read more … ]

Obama budget digs in on climate, energy priorities 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:50:35

President Obama’s new spending wish list underscores his plans to plow ahead with ambitious and costly climate, energy and infrastructure policies — and sets the stage for another year of fierce budget battles with congressional Republicans. [ read more … ]

GOP dismissive as Obama revives efforts to shift incentives from fossil fuels to renewables 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:49:02

The budget request released yesterday — which again seeks to make renewable energy credits permanent and refundable while eliminating a variety of tax breaks for the oil, gas and coal industries — faces even longer odds of becoming reality with Republicans now in unified control of Congress. But it highlights a continued commitment on the part of the administration to an aggressive shift in the tax code that will color negotiations between the Capitol and White House for the remainder of the year. [ read more … ]

Moniz promises infrastructure review by end of month 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:51:00

The Department of Energy has recently completed interagency work on its Quadrennial Energy Review, which will focus on infrastructure needs, and plans to release the document by the end of this month, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said today. Among other areas, the review will focus on the needs of the electric grid to improve security and reliability as well as problems associated with methane emissions from natural gas pipelines and storage facilities, Moniz said. [ read more … ]

New Transmission Lines To Carry Oklahoma Wind Energy To Tennessee

By TONY RUSSELL, NEWS ON 6, Oklahoma City  •    •  Posted 2015-02-03 06:51:17

Mario Hurtado, with Clean Line Energy said, “Oklahoma has more than ten-times the amount of wind energy we’d need to supply all of its electricity needs, so it makes sense to be able to export some of that energy because it’s really very cost competitive, and, as you do that, you’re basically providing more jobs and more income for the folks that own the land where those wind farms are gonna be built, and the folks that work building those wind farms and the construction area and then the guys that are gonna be doing the operations and maintenance of all those wind farms.” [ read more … ]

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