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December 8, 2015

Riders, tax extenders delay endgame

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:54:55

Discussions on an elusive long-term spending package and legislation to extend expiring tax provisions, including renewable energy incentives, are jeopardizing a desire by many lawmakers to wrap up this year’s work by the end of the week. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he hoped talks on a bill to keep the government running past Dec. 11 would be over by yesterday. They weren’t. And House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said more weekend of work may be necessary [ read more … ]

Spending talks ‘bogged down’ over riders

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:55:26

Lawmakers may work into next weekend to finish negotiations on a multiagency spending bill and a tax-credit extension package, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said yesterday afternoon. “I don’t see any of them ending when it comes to extenders or when it comes to the” omnibus spending bill, the California Republican said. McCarthy echoed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), who told a radio station in his home state of Wisconsin that the House may not finish its work this week, as many lawmakers want. “It might take us more than just this week to get these issues put together correctly,” Ryan said. [ read more … ]

Google’s Clean-Power Deal Shows Wind Farms Finding New Customers

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:56:28

Renewable-energy developers are increasingly selling wind power straight to the users, tapping a new customer base as some traditional utility buyers are backing away. Technology giants have led the way, including Google’s deal Dec. 3 for 625 megawatts of U.S. wind power and Microsoft Corp.’s biggest-ever wind deal Dec. 1. Other industries are following suit, with businesses, universities, government agencies and other non-utility buyers accounting for 32 percent of U.S. contracts this year through early November, according to the American Wind Energy Association, up from 5 percent for all of 2013. [ read more … ]

Denmark, a Green Energy Leader, Slows Pace of Its Spending

By MELISSA EDDY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:56:01

Not long ago, Denmark was making headlines for harvesting so much wind power that it was leading the way in generating renewable energy, while becoming a center of innovation and growth for green and clean technology. Then, in June, a center-left government was replaced by a right-wing, minority coalition determined to tighten spending and balance the budget in a program to grow the economy. The budget cuts include a key fund that was used to seed green technology projects — a government subsidy that environmental advocates said had paid itself off many times over. [ read more … ]

Change Isn’t as Easy as a Flip of a Switch

By MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:56:52

The spinning blades of wind turbines produced 9 percent of Germany’s electricity in 2014. Most of those turbines are in the north of the country, near Denmark and the Netherlands, or off the coast in the North Sea. The majority of Germany’s electricity demand, however, comes from some 400 miles to the south, in the factories and corporate headquarters of Bavaria.
Transporting electricity from the place where it is generated to the place it will be used means installing high-voltage power lines. But while renewable energy is extremely popular among the German public, power lines are not. [ read more … ]

Germany May Offer Model for Reining In Fossil Fuel Use

By MELISSA EDDY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-08 06:57:27

If negotiators in Paris reach an agreement next week on a global plan to rein in the use of fossil fuels, the next question becomes this: How can the participating countries fulfill their pledges to do their part? They may get some direction from Germany, which has claimed some early success in diversifying its energy sources and balancing economic growth with environmental concerns. [ read more … ]

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