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Despite economic crisis, Europeans not backing away from emissions goals, officials say

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011

The European Union may be facing a debt crisis of historic proportions, but it is unlikely to erode support for action on climate change, European delegates to the U.N. Climate Change Conference here said this week.

U.S. Agency Is Ordered to Change Wind Rules

Source: MATTHEW L. WALD • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

A federal power agency discriminated against wind operators in the Pacific Northwest when it unplugged their generators to cope with a surplus of renewable energy on its transmission system this year, theFederal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled on Tuesday. It ordered the agency, the Bonneville Power Administration, to rewrite its rules.

Energy, enviro funding could be dropped from omnibus spending package

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As talks on a massive government funding bill enter their last lap today, GOP-backed restrictions on White House environmental policy remain an obstacle large enough to potentially push U.S. EPA and Interior Department spending out of a final deal.

Annual push for tax credit extensions revs up

Source: Katie Howell and John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

As both chambers of Congress are gearing up to move a flurry of spending and tax measures before the year ends, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are beefing up their annual calls to extend a suite of alternative energy tax credits.

How will U.S. meet its emissions targets? World wonders

Source: Jean Chemnick and Lisa Friedman • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of the top U.S. goals in international climate discussions has been to make sure that other countries do what they say they are going to do — whether that means to reduce emissions, protect forests or spend money the way it is supposed to be spent.

Senate Dems revive Tuesday talks to push energy bills forward in 2012

Source: Elana Schor and Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A group of Democratic Senate committee leaders who led regular climate bill strategy sessions last Congress have resumed their weekly meetings in an effort to push forward energy legislation next year.

Answer Is Blowing In The Wind For Vestas

Source: David Winning • Wall Street Journal • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Monday, Vestas warned that if a U.S. wind energy production tax credit expired in 2012 it would have dramatic consequences for the U.S. wind power market.

Grid can handle electric cars, renewables if U.S. crafts new policies — MIT

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

New federal policies are needed to help the country’s vast, aging electric grid ward off cyber attacks and handle a surge of electric cars and renewable power during the next two decades, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said today.

Proposed Entergy deal is a milestone in opening the grid to outside competition

Source: Peter Behr • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The $1.8 billion agreement yesterday by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. to sell 15,700 miles of high-voltage lines to ITC Holdings Corp. would double the size of ITC, the nation’s largest independent transmission owner, and mark a new milestone for advocates of wide-open electricity competition.

K Street mounts blitz for tax breaks

Source: Anna Palmer • Politico • Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Unless a set of tax perks, credits and other goodies worth billions to industry gets slipped into a bill this month, they’ll expire — and lobbyists for a variety of interests are working hard to keep them alive.