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E.P.A. Issues Limits on Mercury Emissions

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s coal- and oil-burningpower plants.
The new rule, unless blocked by Congress or the courts, will be the first time the federal government has enforced limits on mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals emitted by the burning of fossil fuels.

Wind Energy Tax Credit Advocates Urge Congress To Extend Measure

Source: Jordan Howard • Huffington Post • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“No industry can take such a big shift in cost structure,” Nathanael Greene, director of renewable energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost. “And this is an industry that supports almost 100,000 jobs.”

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.”