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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 23, 2015

Chinese president pledges cooperation on cyber issues

By Gene Johnson and Phuong Le, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-09-23 05:24:54

Earlier Tuesday, meetings with governors from five U.S. states and local Chinese officials produced the deal to work on clean energy. “We can be the core for our national leaders to learn from,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has made five trips to China in five years, told his counterparts. Xi arrived in Seattle for talks on how U.S. and Chinese experts and businesses can collaborate on issues such as nuclear energy and smarter electricity use. The visit comes a year after Xi and Obama announced their nations would cooperate to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Senate Dems outline sweeping package promoting clean energy

Geof Koss and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-23 05:26:32

It would create a “performance-based incentive that would be neutral and flexible between clean electricity technologies,” according to a summary. Finance ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a former Energy Committee chairman, has long called for such an incentive, which would allow developers to choose between a production tax credit and an investment tax credit scaled to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kilowatt-hour. [ read more … ]

GOP cool toward Democrats’ energy tax overtures

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-23 05:27:09

Under the plan, electricity producers could choose between a production tax credit and an investment tax credit whose value is linked to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kilowatt-hour. A similar credit would provide up to $1 per gallon for transportation fuels made from renewables or fossil fuels, while a separate “performance-based” incentive would reward homes and buildings that install efficiency equipment, again based on the amount of energy saved. [ read more … ]

Dancing Grouse Removed as Threat to Biggest Wind Farm in U.S.

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-09-23 05:29:56

Billionaire Phil Anschutz’s plans to build a $5 billion wind farm in southeast Wyoming will no longer be stymied by the mating dance of the greater sage grouse. The U.S. Interior Department’s decision Tuesday not to designate the bird as an endangered species means Anschutz’s Power Company of Wyoming LLC may now proceed with the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm. It also opens the door to oil and natural gas development in the region. [ read more … ]

Sage grouse decision draws cheers, legal threats

Phil Taylor and Scott Streater, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-23 05:30:22

The Interior Department’s long-awaited decision today not to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act was hailed as a conservation triumph by many officials and environmentalists but drew immediate threats of lawsuits and a congressional probe. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement here at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver, hailing an “epic conservation effort” that rescued the mottled-brown bird from the brink of extinction. [ read more … ]

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