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May 13, 2015

Coastal senators float revenue-sharing proposals for energy bill consideration 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:48:43

Coastal lawmakers from both parties have long pushed to give states a greater share of revenues from energy development along the outer continental shelf amid opposition from some inland lawmakers and environmentalists wary of providing more incentive for offshore drilling. Murkowski said the bills would be considered next week when the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs, holds a hearing on various energy supply proposals. But she has acknowledged the challenge such proposals face. [ read more … ]

Key Senate aide likely to replace departing FERC commissioner 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:49:03

Philip Moeller, an outspoken Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced yesterday that he plans to leave the agency in the coming months, creating an opening expected to be filled by a senior Senate GOP aide. Moeller’s likely replacement is Patrick McCormick, senior counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who has deep ties in the energy world. A source familiar with the situation said McCormick would be the nominee. [ read more … ]

Senate bill would create national renewable electricity standard 

By Lydia Wheeler, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:49:32

Senate Democrats want to create a national renewable electricity standard to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution. The bill unveiled Tuesday that would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, starting with an 8 percent requirement by 2016 followed by gradual increases. [ read more … ]

Senate Dems introduce federal renewable energy standard 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:49:54

A group of Senate Democrats is pushing legislation to require electric utilities to deliver 30 percent of their supply from renewable sources by 2030. The renewable energy standard (RES) bill introduced yesterday updates to a policy proposal that clean energy advocates have pushed for years. It would impose at the federal level the same type of mandate that currently exists in dozens of states. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the bill’s lead sponsor, said today he would like to see the measure included in a broader energy bill being assembled by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. [ read more … ]

Southern utilities stand in the way of making the Internet greener — report 

David Ferris and Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:50:20

Pomerantz, an author of the Greenpeace report, said that Duke and Dominion should look to utilities that have partnered with data-center companies on renewable energy. He mentioned Google’s partnership with MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. in Iowa to supply 407 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, and Apple’s deal with NV Energy in Nevada to supply its data center with electricity from solar and geothermal sources. Dominion and Duke “can try to get out in front if it and offer it themselves, and if they don’t, they’re at significant risk of those operations finding other ways to power themselves,” Pomerantz said. [ read more … ]

Grid experts offer interstate-compliance guide for EPA carbon rule 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-13 06:50:38

Two organizations with expertise in grid reliability today released a set of practical recommendations for how state leaders can go about crafting an interstate compliance program for U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), which represents state utility regulators, and the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC) said in their new guidebook that interstate cooperation has the potential to afford some states a lower-cost compliance option for the existing power plant carbon rule. It tracks with the interstate nature of the grid, the organizations said, and might avoid some of the supply pitfalls stakeholders say they fear. [ read more … ]

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