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February 4, 2015

Obama pushes for PTC extension

by Diane Bailey, Wind Power Monthly  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:58:21

It is not the first time the US president has moved to make the tax credits permanent, but to date he has had little success convincing Congress to go along. Most recently, lawmakers managed only a one-year extension to the end of 2014. Speaking about the extension, Rob Gramlich, senior vice-president of government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, said: “In releasing its proposed budget today, the White House clearly understands the benefits of wind having a long-term, stable tax policy in place. This has been a consistent part of the president’s budget proposals [ read more … ]

Obama, antagonizing lawmakers, makes an economic case for climate action 

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:43:14

“To hell with the politics,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week. “At this point, we must concern ourselves with the cumulative chilling effects of these short-term measures and this policy uncertainty.” On clean energy, Obama proposed spending $7.4 billion between the Energy and Defense departments, a $900 million increase, and he seeks to permanently extend tax credits for wind and solar energy producers. “[The low-carbon economy] is obviously key in the President’s Climate Action Plan, essentially addressing the mitigation focus,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said yesterday in a briefing. Altogether, the budget asks for $29.9 billion for DOE next year, a $2.5 billion increase over current levels. Not all of its action on climate is dependent on Congress. [ read more … ]

Low Energy Prices Offer Opening for Subsidy Cuts

By¬†CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:43:42

The United States, like most developed countries, does not subsidize the consumption of energy or put price controls on fossil fuels, although environmentalists point out that oil companies receive tax breaks for exploration. A debate has begun about whether to raise gasoline taxes now to repair roads and bridges, as well as to damp demand for cheap fuel. [ read more … ]

West Virginia Gov. Approves Energy Act Repeal

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:44:02

On Tuesday, the Democrat approved the repeal of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. The Republican-led Legislature passed the repeal overwhelmingly last month. The portfolio required generating 25 percent of electricity with alternative power sources by 2025. With alternative power’s broad definition in state law, some coal-burning technologies qualify. [ read more … ]

Colorado Senate advances renewable-energy rollback

By Peter Marcus, Herald Denver Bureau  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:44:26

The Colorado Senate on Tuesday advanced a measure that would roll back a rural renewable-energy standard backed by Democrats in 2013. The bill could face its final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate as early as Wednesday, when the measure is likely to move to the House. But the legislation faces a bumpy road in the Democratic-controlled House. [ read more … ]

Oregon Bill Would Eliminate Coal-Fired Power By 2025

By Cassandra Profita, Oregon Public Broadcasting  •    •  Posted 2015-02-04 06:44:49

A bill in the Oregon Legislature this session would require electric companies to stop delivering coal-fired power to Oregon customers by 2025. The replacement power would have to come from sources that are 90 percent cleaner than coal plants. [ read more … ]

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