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October 27, 2015

White House, congressional leaders near 2-year deal

Daniel Bush, Hannah Northey and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:28:17

The White House and congressional leaders last night closed in on a broad, two-year budget deal that would increase domestic spending and raise the debt limit through March 2017.
The deal would lift budget caps and boost defense and non-defense spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, ending years of budget wars between the Obama administration and GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate, and would hand outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a victory as he prepares to leave Congress later this week. [ read more … ]

Court battles could drag into 2018

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:28:39

The court fights over U.S. EPA’s plans to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions officially kicked off Friday as opponents rushed to challenge the rule in a federal appeals court. The high-stakes legal brawl promises to include dozens of interested groups including states, industries, labor groups and environmentalists. And it’s almost certain to drag on for months or even years as the appeals court — and possibly the Supreme Court — decide the rule’s fate. [ read more … ]

Western state regulators see region ‘ripe’ for collaboration

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:29:07

California has also been pushing a more recent initiative to link its entire transmission system to other states. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill earlier this month, S.B. 350, that directs CAISO to study how a regional transmission market would affect the state and then potentially change its governance structure by 2019 to allow in more members with legislative approval. It also raises the state’s renewables portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, up from 33 percent by 2020 [ read more … ]

Kansas Now Ranked Sixth In Nation For Total Wind Energy Capacity

By SEAN SANDEFUR , KMUW  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:29:39

The wind energy sector in Kansas has been busy over the last three months. According to the American Wind Energy Association, more than 200 megawatts worth of wind turbines came on-line in the third quarter of this year.
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Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

By Jordan Blum, Fuel Fix  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:30:04

The new record came the same day as the American Wind Energy Association reported Texas accounted for nearly half of the nation’s wind power growth in the third quarter of the year. Texas added 771 megawatts of wind generation in the third quarter and, nationwide, about 1,600 megawatts were put online. Texas now has about 16,400 megawatts of wind power, according to the AWEA, which is about 10,000 megawatts more than the second and third windiest states, California and Iowa. [ read more … ]

The Falling Cost of Wind Power

By MICHAEL GOGGIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-27 07:30:32

Ryan Yonk’s Oct. 21 online letter does not mention his Utah State University institute’s funding from special interest groups, including the Koch brothers, and includes misleading information about the costs of wind power. Mr. Yonk describes his report as peer-reviewed and relying on “academically accepted practices,” but the report has not been published in an academic journal. His “sound data” come from groups financed by the same special interests that fund him. [ read more … ]

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