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February 20, 2015

Illinois legislators introduce groundbreaking clean energy bill

by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2015-02-20 06:57:48

Illinois legislators are introducing a sweeping bill today that would “fix” the state’s troubled Renewable Portfolio Standard, create ambitious goals and policies for energy efficiency and solar energy and, backers say, create 32,000 clean-energy jobs per year. [ read more … ]

FERC warned about infrastructure needs linked to EPA rule 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-20 06:58:58

Jim Hoecker, a former FERC chairman who is now general counsel of Wires, a nonprofit group of transmission owners, said EPA has said “virtually nothing about electric transmission in this rule” and called on FERC to work through its landmark Order 1000 — a rule that requires regional transmission planning — to identify the Clean Power Plan as a public policy priority. Hoecker said that transmission cannot be a Band-Aid and that FERC needs to teach EPA about the difficulty of building new transmission lines. “This is absolutely critical that the commission be active as an educator and as a regulator, because this is happening all over your jurisdictional turf,” he said. [ read more … ]

White House sees wide-ranging benefits in energy boom

By Timothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted 2015-02-20 06:59:50

Increased oil and gas production and use of renewable energy means the United States economy is stronger, greenhouse gases are down and security is better, the White House said Thursday. Those are some of the benefits of the energy boom of recent months that the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers outlined in a major report on the economy. [ read more … ]

Ind. lawmakers OK bill to gut net metering rates 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-20 07:00:18

Indiana lawmakers yesterday passed legislation that would lower net metering rates and tax solar energy consumers, despite strong opposition from renewable energy advocates who claim the bill is designed to kill the state’s solar industry. The bill, approved by the Indiana state House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee, would reduce the amount utilities must pay to consumers for excess energy generated by residential solar systems. [ read more … ]

Civil rights advocates despair after decades of agency inaction 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-20 07:00:35

“It’s a travesty,” said Vernice Miller-Travis, a longtime environmental justice advocate who serves on EPA’s environmental justice advisory council. “It’s a clear violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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