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May 15, 2015

Hearing illustrates balancing acts energy bill writers face 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:31:09

A hearing before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee homed in on some of the key considerations Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her colleagues will have to balance as they try to craft the first bipartisan, comprehensive energy bill to be considered in years. The hearing was called to consider nearly two dozen proposed energy infrastructure bills proposing various approaches to compensating owners of rooftop solar panels, siting new gas pipelines and electric transmission wires, and updating decades-old laws governing utilities, among other issues. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan House duo float modernization language 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:31:42

The bipartisan co-chairs of the Grid Innovation Caucus unveiled two bills yesterday for shoring up critical transformers, paving the way for federal recognition of “smart grid” technology.
Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of California floated H.R. 2244, which would direct the Energy secretary to shore up an emergency stockpile of mobile high-voltage grid transformers that could replace units damaged by storms or a terrorist attack. [ read more … ]

Green bonds, a fast-growing money game with the clout to develop clean energy, await an umpire

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:32:11

Hundt believes the same experience could be repeated in developing clean energy to cope with global climate change. Borrowed money paid for the communications boom, Hundt explained, speaking yesterday at an energy efficiency conference in Washington, D.C. He added that world leaders should apply the same method to fund the renewable energy market.
“Everything in communications has been purchased with debt,” he said, holding up an iPhone and describing how rapidly mobile phones have spread internationally. [ read more … ]

Company looks to be the ‘middleman’ to expand corporate green energy 

Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:32:39

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are all getting into green energy in a big way. But for companies with a lack of capital or direct access to energy sources, going green isn’t so easy. Corporate power purchase agreements from renewable energy providers have surged in popularity amid a slew of policies aimed at increasing renewable power sources in states and nationwide. But signing off on 20-year power purchase agreements for renewable energy resources is often the easiest part of the process. Often companies encounter a Gordian knot of regulations, financial and legal protocols that eat up valuable work hours. [ read more … ]

New Orleans utility to explore sunshine and storage with new project 

By Jennifer Larino, New Orleans Times-Picayune  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:32:57

Entergy New Orleans Inc. has announced its first solar power project as part of its effort to explore how sunlight can reliably and cost-effectively jazz up the power grid in the city. The company plans to install more than 4,000 solar panels at an existing site that holds the capacity to generate 1 megawatt of electricity, with a deadline of late 2016. The company also hopes to integrate new battery technology for storing excess energy from the grid. [ read more … ]

Senate opens debate on fast-track bill 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-15 06:33:15

The Senate voted today to move forward with its “fast-track” trade legislation, paving the way for final passage in the upper chamber as soon as next week. The vote sets up a debate next week on a trade promotion authority (TPA) bill the Obama administration is seeking to finalize for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 Asian countries and a separate trade pact in Europe. The TPA bill would give Congress an up-or-down vote, without any amendments, on trade deals over the next six years.
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