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December 18, 2015

Lawmakers hope to wrap up omnibus, tax bills today

Manuel QuiƱones and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:47:24

Congress could wrap up work for the year as soon as today if House leaders cobble together enough votes to approve a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill. As House lawmakers voted yesterday on tax legislation, leaders and rank-and-file members expressed concerns about being able to pass the omnibus. [ read more … ]

Tax extender package clears House

Hannah Hess and Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:48:00

A majority of House Republicans joined dozens of Democrats yesterday to pass a two-year package of tax cuts, finishing half of the colossal year-end fiscal deal that next heads to the Senate. But leaders are hedging their bets on whether the $1.15 trillion omnibus can make it across the finish line. Asked if Democrats would join with Republicans to provide the votes, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was blunt. “No, we’re talking it through,” she told reporters, acknowledging there was no backup plan. Pelosi said Democrats have concerns about air pollution and carbon emissions, especially in the context of the global climate accord reached in Paris. [ read more … ]

House chairman will ‘revisit’ disputed omnibus tax tweak

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:48:32

The House’s top tax writer said yesterday he’ll continue discussions next year over a key solar tax break extended as part of the deal to end the crude oil export ban, following a failed effort by a Democratic lawmaker to fix what has been called a mistake in drafting the provision. The extension was a key priority for Democrats in agreeing to lift the 40-year-old export ban, but as written only extends the credit for solar, leaving out other qualifying sources, including combined heat and power systems, geothermal, small wind, and fuel cells. [ read more … ]

Proposed Extension of Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Would Have Uneven Effect

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:48:58

Wind industry executives and proponents were similarly bullish about how the extension would affect them. The production tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014, is to be extended retroactively through 2016 and then decline in value each year until it is phased out in 2020. The five-year step-down offers one of the longest periods of certainty in more than a decade. [ read more … ]

Developer’s financial woes imperil major Calif. project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:49:26

A Spanish renewable energy developer’s pending bankruptcy has clouded the future of a controversial utility-scale solar power project on federal lands in the California desert that was once one of the Obama administration’s top-priority projects. Abengoa Solar, in a formal petition filed this week with the California Energy Commission (CEC), announced that it has an agreement in place to transfer ownership of the Palen Solar Electric Generating System to a subsidiary of San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy Inc. [ read more … ]

Rural Nebraska lawmaker sees wind energy as an urgent lifeline

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2015-12-18 06:49:46

Nebraska state Sen. Al Davis is a rancher, a longtime resident of rural Nebraska, a proponent of renewable energy, and a Republican. Now going into his fourth year as a state legislator, Davis views this as a propitious moment for his home state to convert much more its abundant wind into exportable energy. Living in the Sandhills community of Hyannis, with a population of just under 200, he has witnessed the challenges that threaten sparsely populated rural America. His district, which is roughly twice the size of New Jersey in area, has fewer than 40,000 people, and that population is declining. One way to reverse that trend, he believes, lies in the development of wind energy. [ read more … ]

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