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June 25, 2015

Whitfield sees easy passage for EPA bill, but next step’s uncertain 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-25 06:22:07

Legislation that would let states opt out of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan is expected to pass the House this evening “by a nice, healthy margin,” the bill’s sponsor said today. Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield’s measure, H.R. 2042, would let states decline to implement the existing power plant rule, which he deemed a moderate check to EPA’s “radical regulation.”
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Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-06-25 06:22:38

Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama’s plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said today. The proposal as currently written, known as the Clean Power Plan, will make Indiana electricity more expensive and less reliable and hurt economic growth in Indiana and across the nation, Pence wrote in a letter to Obama. The plan targets pollution from the coal-fired power plants that Indiana relies on. Pence said the Indiana coal industry employs more than 26,000 people. [ read more … ]

N.J. Supreme Court to decide fate of controversial offshore pilot project 

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-25 06:22:59

An offshore wind developer looking to build a 25-megawatt pilot wind farm off the coast of New Jersey has appealed its case to the state’s highest court. In legal briefs filed late last week with the state Supreme Court, Cape May, N.J.-based Fishermen’s Energy once again challenged a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities decision from last year that denies the company the right to start construction. BPU has maintained that the power from the project would be too expensive, despite the pledge of a $47 million federal Energy Department grant and statements in the past by Gov. Chris Christie (R) that he wanted the Garden State to be a leader on offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Companies to Congress: Save the PTC

By Jaclyn Brandt, Fierce Energy  •    •  Posted 2015-06-25 06:23:32

A new bill has U.S. companies up in arms over the possible elimination of Production Tax Credits (PTC) across the United States. Eighty-five companies sent a letter to the 21 lawmakers sponsoring HR 1901, or the PTC Elimination Act, explaining the bill would “take away an effective, business tax incentive that creates jobs, drives rural economic development and reduces energy costs for Americans across the country.” [ read more … ]

Coons revives Senate bill to boost clean energy incentives 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-25 06:23:52

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced a bill that would give alternative energy sources the same tax advantages enjoyed by the fossil fuel industry, his third attempt at a tax code fix that has failed to gain traction in the past two Congresses. The legislation would allow developers of solar, wind and other clean energy sources to form master limited partnerships (MLPs), a business structure that is traded as a corporate stock but taxed as a partnership. [ read more … ]

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