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March 27, 2015

Lessons from the ‘vote-a-rama’ 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-27 06:56:59

For procedural reasons, the amendments were all vaguely worded and nonbinding — which limits somewhat their usefulness as guides to future legislation. But over the course of the 15 hours senators spent casting votes yesterday and this morning, some clear lessons emerged for the marquee energy and environment fights to come later this year. They are: [ read more … ]

Senate goes on record opposing carbon tax 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-27 06:58:27

The Senate voted yesterday afternoon to oppose creation of a federal carbon tax, a proposal the White House has not endorsed and that has little chance of enactment in the current Congress. Sen. Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) amendment was adopted by the chamber, 58-42. Four Democrats crossed the aisle to support it: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. All voted for a previous Blunt amendment to the fiscal 2014 resolution. [ read more … ]

As prices drop, cities and towns choose sun and wind for their energy

Brittany Patterson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-27 06:57:29

Georgetown, Texas, is home to the oldest university in the Lone Star State and is affectionately called the “red poppy capital” of Texas. It will soon add another accolade to the mix: the state’s first city-owned utility to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Last Wednesday, the city announced a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy 150 megawatts of solar energy. In order to supply the power, SunEdison will build a solar farm in West Texas. The solar will complement a deal Georgetown signed last year with EFD Renewables for 144 MW of wind power from its West Texas wind farm through 2039. [ read more … ]

New Maryland Bill Would Create Height Restrictions on Wind Turbines Near NAS PAXRVR

By Katelyn Newman, Southern Maryland Online  •    •  Posted 2015-03-27 06:58:55

As wind energy companies try to find their footing in Maryland, state senators proposed a bill that would limit turbines’ heights, as well as their companies’ interests, in southern Maryland. Proposals had placed wind turbines in the Chesapeake Bay near the Patuxent River, and along the Atlantic Coast near Ocean City, but this bill would only limit development near the river’s Naval Air Station. [ read more … ]

Comment: Jeff Clark: Wind energy boosts Oklahoma economy

By JEFF CLARK. Tulsa World  •    •  Posted 2015-03-27 06:59:20

“When the wind comes sweeping down the plain” is no longer just a signature lyric from Oklahoma’s famous state song. It is synonymous for what Oklahomans once thought of as just an annoying component of Mother Nature. Since 2003, the signature Oklahoma winds have enjoyed a renaissance thanks to their development as a leading generator of electricity, and their many economic and environmental attributes. [ read more … ]

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