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Interior seeks public comments on Atlantic transmission project

Source: Katie Howel • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the department is requesting public comment on the proposed 820-mile transmission backbone. The agency is also investigating whether other developers are interested in competing for the project with Atlantic Grid Holdings LLC, which has requested right of way for the high-voltage transmission line.

Interior Dept. approves solar, wind farms in West; pushes offshore wind in Atlantic Ocean

Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to boost renewable energy on both coasts, approving onshore solar and wind farms in the West and pushing for offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his department has approved a 300-megawatt solar farm on public land in Arizona and a 200-megawatt wind farm in Southern California.

Endgame impossible to predict as House GOP delays pipeline-payroll tax vote until today.

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

After delaying a vote that has exposed internal GOP schisms, House Republicans are poised today to turn back a bipartisan Senate proposal to force a quick White House ruling on the Keystone XL oil pipeline while extending a payroll tax cut.

Buffett’s MidAmerican expands solar investments

E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. said Friday it will invest in a second solar firm.

Maryland Offshore wind energy debate set to restart

Source: Greg Masters • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2011

Maryland lawmakers are preparing to resume debate on one of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s major green initiatives, an offshore wind energy bill that stalled during the last legislative session amid concerns about the cost to utility companies and their customers.

Extension of Tax Cut Stalls in House as G.O.P. Objects

Source: JENNIFER STEINHAUER • New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2011

The House Republican leader on Sunday flatly rejected a short-term, bipartisan Senate measure to extend a payroll tax break and unemployment insurance, setting the stage for a bitter year-end Congressional collision and the potential loss of benefits for millions of Americans.

Baucus promises quick action on tax extenders next year

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Senate’s chief tax writer vowed to pursue extensions for clean energy tax credits in January after the incentives were left out of year-end tax language the Senate cleared this weekend.

Gov. Brown’s climate stance gains some political muscle

Source: Debra Kahn • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Schwarzenegger, on break from a movie set, said he was transitioning from the entertainment industry back to his former mindset. “At 10 at night I was still on a movie set slamming a guy’s head against a bridge,” he said. “Now I’m sitting here talking about renewable energy and the future of the world and that stuff.”

Western NY wind farm gets OK from regulators

Associated Press • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Regulators have approved construction of wind farm with as many as 59 turbines in western New York.

Spending deal switches off light bulb standards

Source: Katie Howell and Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Lawmakers in both chambers signed off on the omnibus spending deal that would fund U.S. EPA, the Energy Department, the Interior Department and other agencies for the rest of fiscal 2012. The deal paves the way for votes in both chambers today, a move that would narrowly avoid a government shutdown when current funding expires at midnight. The 1,200-page conference agreement released just before midnight last night appears nearly identical to language House Republicans released as a stand-alone bill early yesterday morning, including the same steep cuts for EPA and the rider on lighting efficiency standards.