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July 15, 2015

Murkowski plans to start moving broad bill next week

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-15 07:05:08

After months of hearings and discussion over more than a hundred bills, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said today she anticipates her committee will begin marking up a comprehensive energy package next week. “We are pretty much on track,” she told E&ENews PM this afternoon. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to keep our schedule for markups next week and the following week. That’s the plan.” The committee will hold four markups over two weeks to meet Murkowski’s goal of completing the bill before the August recess. Each markup will focus on one of the four titles of the bill, which addresses infrastructure, supply, accountability and efficiency.
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Senate Dems float plan to extend credit for residential systems

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-15 07:05:44

enate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday that would extend a tax credit for residential renewable energy systems. The bill would extend by five years the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit, a financial incentive for homeowners that invest in clean energy technology that was put in place in 2006. The tax credit applies to residential rooftop solar systems, solar water heaters, geothermal pumps and small wind turbines but is set to expire at the end of 2016.
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Amazon Hires Iberdrola to Build Wind Farm for Cloud Data

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-07-15 06:37:34

Online store Amazon said it has contracted Spanish utility Iberdrola to build and manage a wind farm in North Carolina, United States, to power its current and future cloud data centers. Amazon affiliate Amazon Web Services (AWS) said on Monday the wind farm would be operational by December of next year, putting it on track to surpass a goal for 40 percent its electrical grids to be powered by renewable energy by end-2016. [ read more … ]

Iowa ahead in meeting carbon reduction goals

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-07-16 07:03:29

Continued growth of wind energy in Iowa places it ahead of other states in meeting a proposed rule that would require existing power plants to cut carbon emissions, a leader with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Iowa would be required to cut carbon emissions 16 percent by 2030, under the proposed rule. The state’s target is lower than the 30 percent national average because of its investment in renewable energy development and energy efficiency, federal leaders have said. Karl Brooks, the EPA’s regional director, said outcry against the rule, proposed in June, has been less than expected. [ read more … ]

Meet A 91-Year-Old Wind Energy Pioneer

By ERNIE TUCKER | U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY  •    •  Posted 2015-07-15 07:06:31

Three afternoons a week, 91-year-old Palmer Carlin comes into the Energy Department’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) and begins having fun. That’s where the senior engineer fields questions from the public, often from would-be inventors convinced they have the next big renewable energy breakthrough. “Across the U.S., there are inventors, students, small businesses and entrepreneurs with wind-related questions who continuously shower emails and voicemails on all of us here at the wind site,” said Carlin. He imagines that the typical inventor’s scenario begins when a retired machinist goes out to a garage workshop at the suggestion of an exasperated spouse. “Then the guy invents some sort of wind machine and calls me up,” he said with a laugh. [ read more … ]

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