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December 4, 2015

Sweeping package passes House, faces turbulent road

Hannah Hess, E&E reporte  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:51:13

The House passed the Energy and Commerce Committee’s broad energy legislation yesterday, sending the Senate a bill aimed at modernizing the electric grid and speeding natural gas exports. Lawmakers voted 249-174 to approve H.R. 8, the “North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015,” with the support of nine Democrats. Republican Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against the bill. [ read more … ]

Google’s Latest Steps to Increase Its Use of Renewable Energy

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:52:22

As nations wrangle in Paris this week over reducing their carbon dioxide emissions, companies have been eager to show that they, too, are getting with the program. Now, from Google, long a leader among corporations in green energy investing, comes new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations that, taken together, nearly double what it had already promised. “We’re really trying to lead this transition to a cleaner energy economy,” said Michael Terrell, principal for energy and infrastructure at Google, whose aim is to use 100 percent renewable energy. “It’s transforming anyone who touches the energy space. It’s not just about data centers or tech companies.” [ read more … ]

Washington Carbon tax seems to have enough signatures to make ballot

By Jeff Mapes, Portland Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:55:16

A carbon tax proposal appears to have collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in Washington state in 2016. The proposed carbon tax would be used to lower other taxes.
Climate activists said they have gathered enough signatures to send the proposal to Washington’s Legislature and then to the 2016 ballot if lawmakers fail to enact the plan. Lawmakers failed to pass a cap-and-trade bill promoted by Gov. Jay Inslee (D) earlier this year [ read more … ]

N.Y. sets out to mandate 50% renewables by 2030

Madelyn Beck, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:53:14

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday started the process of making the state’s clean energy plan legally binding. Cuomo (D) sent a letter to Audrey Zibelman, chairwoman of the state’s Public Service Commission, directing her and the department to start drafting a clean energy standard. It is to include provisions that the state produce at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, called the “50 by 30” goal, according to the letter. [ read more … ]

Ark. senators block DOE pick over transmission project

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:53:34

A developer’s plan to build a wind energy line through the Midwest hit another snag this week, when Arkansas’ senators vowed to block a Department of Energy nominee until the agency answers their questions about the proposal. Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton said they are placing a hold on the nomination of Victoria Wassmer, a longtime Obama administration official whom the president in July tapped for undersecretary for management and performance, a newly created post at DOE [ read more … ]

Wind energy line sought again in Iowa

By B.A. Morelli, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:53:55

Developers again petitioned state regulators this week in an effort to jump-start a stalled $2 billion project to carry wind energy from northwest Iowa to customers in Illinois via high-voltage transmission lines. Rock Island Clean Line, a subsidiary of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, filed a third request for bifurcation Monday. The motion would set a procedural schedule bifurcating — or separating into two decisions — the merits of the project and eminent domain, a process of condemning private land. The Iowa Utilities Board, from which Rock Island formally requested the franchise permit to build the line in November 2014, denied similar proposals in 2013 and last February. The board ruled that bifurcating would disproportionately benefit the developers while negatively affecting many others, particularly landowners.
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David Crane Leaves NRG, Replaced by Mauricio Gutierrez

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:56:09

“He clearly had a vision for the power company of the future, and wanted NRG to be that company, and took real steps toward that,” said Shayle Kann, who leads GTM Research, which focuses on clean energy industries. “And then Wall Street didn’t get convinced.”
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Op-Ed:Momentum builds to eliminate the PTC

By former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-12-04 06:54:28

Just recently, we heard the excellent news that the PTC Elimination Act, a bill introduced by Reps. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) and Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), passed the 50 cosponsors mark. It is welcome news that opposition to the PTC continues to grow as evidenced by the tremendous amount of support that the bill has garnered in a short time. In the Senate, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has introduced a similar measure that would set a termination date for the PTC. This is all cause for applause, and further highlights the growing number of legislators that will not stand by as another extension is put on the table – especially at the expense of their constituents. [ read more … ]

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