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Wind and ethanol groups lament failure of Stabenow’s tax break plan

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Renewable energy supporters said the Senate’s rejection yesterday of a Democratic proposal to extend a host of expiring tax breaks for the wind, solar and bioenergy industries reflects the new “buzz saw partisan politics” currently looming over Congress.

Senate passage of reauthorization expected soon; pressure on House leaders grows

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The foot is on the gas pedal in the Senate as analysts expect a transportation reauthorization bill to finally clear the chamber early this week. That puts all of the momentum with the upper chamber and could force the hand of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is still scrambling to pull together enough votes for a bill that could be tied to his disparate party. The House is out for the week, but members say that doesn’t mean the transportation bill will be out of their minds.

Texas sets wind power records with new grid analysis

Reuters • Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2012

Texas set new records for wind-power output this week using a new transmission analysis tool that allows more wind to flow on power lines from west Texas to power-consuming cities hundreds of miles away, the state grid operator said.

Midwest grid needs upgrades for wind power, but cost-sharing plan draws fire in Mich.

Source: Daniel Cusick, • E&E • Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2012

n the Midwest, as in much of the country, the benefits of clean energy are only as real as the ability to move that power to market. Yet despite concerted efforts at the federal and regional levels to create an “interstate highway system” for electricity to flow across state and even national boundaries, renewable energy providers continue to face roadblocks in getting their power to market.

Senate passage of reauthorization expected soon; pressure on House leaders grows

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2012

The foot is on the gas pedal in the Senate as analysts expect a transportation reauthorization bill to finally clear the chamber early this week. That puts all of the momentum with the upper chamber and could force the hand of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is still scrambling to pull together enough votes for a bill that could be tied to his disparate party. The House is out for the week, but members say that doesn’t mean the transportation bill will be out of their minds.

Renewable Energy Throws Power Grid Off Balance

Source: Christopher Joyce • NPR News • Posted: Monday, March 12th, 2012

The National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., once asked its members to pick the greatest engineering achievement ever. Their choice? The electrification of the country through what’s known as “the grid.”
Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Institute at MIT, says they were right on the money.

Calif. utilities surge past 20% mark for green energy

Source: Anne C. Mulkern • E&E • Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2012

California’s largest utilities have hit or are close to reaching a mandate that they generate 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, a major milestone as the state pushes toward the country’s most ambitious green energy goal.

Senate faces long list of amendments; House may fall in line

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2012

After weeks of wrangling over their surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Senate this afternoon is set to start working through a list of 30 amendments that contains a meaty assortment of energy measures. The Senate is scheduled to start voting at about 2:15 this afternoon on a negotiated list of 30 amendments that will include language on the Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. EPA clean air rules, energy tax extenders and expanded offshore drilling. The set of amendments includes 18 germane amendments and 12 nongermane ones, plus a manager’s amendment that includes 37 noncontroversial ones from both sides.

Senate starts voting; House lags on reauthorization

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Senate dispensed with several controversial amendments yesterday, including provisions dealing with Gulf of Mexico restoration, EPA’s air pollution rules, offshore drilling and funding for rural schools. They also held two high-profile votes on amendments dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline. Up next week are a trio of amendments that would either renew or eliminate some energy tax credits, a bill creating incentives for natural gas vehicles and language that would restrict tour flights over the Grand Canyon.

Senators vote down expanded drilling measure as transportation debate begins

Source: Jason Plautz and Phil Taylor Jason Plautz and Phil Taylor • Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Senate rejected a measure from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today that would have expanded offshore drilling as they moved through the first day of a slog of 30 amendment votes to their transportation reauthorization bill. The Senate cleared eight of its 12 nongermane amendments, many of which dealt with contentious energy issues that have been repeated talking points throughout this Congress. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the chamber would resume work Tuesday on those amendments, as well as 18 germane amendments. A final vote on the transportation spending package is tentatively expected next week.