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‘Big four’ to huddle on conference impasse

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Key House and Senate lawmakers are planning to meet next week to discuss how an energy conference committee would operate, as Democrats in the upper chamber continue to express doubts about the prospects of reconciling competing bills. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and co-sponsor of the Senate package, S. 2012, told E&E Daily about the likely meeting.

Issue gap for voters is greatest on climate — Gallup poll

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

A new poll shows a wide gap between Democrats and Republicans on how important climate change is to their vote for president. The Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats say that the issue of climate change is “extremely” or “very” important in how they vote for a presidential candidate. Just 25 percent of Republicans say that the issue is important.

IEA Cuts Gas Demand Outlook Again as Glut Seen to End of Decade

Source: Bt Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

While oil markets will start re-balancing after a slump next year, an oversupply in natural gas won’t disappear until the end of the decade, the International Energy Agency said, slashing its gas demand outlook for a fourth straight year. Global consumption will expand by 1.5 percent annually from 2015 through 2021, down from last year’s forecast of 2 percent growth from 2014 through 2020 and a 2.5 gain over the prior six years, the Paris-based agency said Wednesday in its Medium-Term Gas Market Report. The slowdown will be driven by weaker use in the U.S. and Japan as the fuel struggles to compete against booming renewables and “very cheap” coal in power generation.

EDF Energy Starts Construction of Blyth Offshore Wind Farm in UK

Source: By Nina Chestney, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

EDF Energy Renewables, a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, has started to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland in Britain, the firm said on Tuesday. The wind farm will have a maximum total generating capacity of almost 100 megawatts and provide enough low-carbon electricity to power 33,000 homes, the company said.

Nev. weighs future of ‘failing’ renewable portfolio standard

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Nevada is mulling the future of its law requiring that some of its energy come from renewables as members of a state task force assert that the measure is no longer driving construction of new wind, solar and other clean energy projects. An advisory committee to Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force, reconvened this year by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), met yesterday to discuss strengthening the state’s renewable portfolio standard or phasing it out. It could potentially be replaced by a policy that constrains how much fossil-fuel-fired generation is allowed in the state.

Tech Giants Pressure States On Renewable Energy

Source: By: STEPHANIE JOYCE, WYOMING PUBLIC RADIO • Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Large technology companies that use massive amounts of energy are now sourcing more power directly from renewables as opposed to purchasing renewable energy credits to offset their carbon footprints. “Direct sourcing is important to us because our goal is really the transformation of the electric grid,” said Brian Janous, the director of energy strategy for Microsoft Cor

Murkowski urges Dems not to bury conference committee

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is looking to convince wary Democrats against blocking the first energy bill conference committee in a decade. The Senate could vote as early as next week on whether to launch a conference with the House to seek compromise on energy reform legislation. The House voted before the Memorial Day recess to begin talks.

Doubling down on energy innovation

Source: By Ernie Moniz, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

A few weeks ago, the United States Senate passed their first appropriations bill of the year by a vote of 90-8, which explicitly endorses doubling clean energy research and development, but includes only modest increases in actual funding. When the House and Senate ultimately send an appropriations bill to the President, it should include significantly more funding for innovation if America hopes to not diminish its lead in this emerging economic revolution.

Supporting renewable energy in South Dakota

Source: By South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota State News • Posted: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy. Wind power has led the way by contributing over $2 billion in direct capital investment and directly creating well over 500 new jobs. Those wind power jobs are in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, wind projects produce lease payments for landowners and increase the tax base for local governments and school districts.

Missouri municipal utilities sign up for Grain Belt Express

Source: By Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Posted: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission said Thursday that it had signed an agreement for as much as 200 megawatts of transmission space on the cross-state line. The group represents municipally owned utilities in the state that pool their resources to buy power and is administered by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. The contract could bolster Grain Belt’s case with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which single-handedly blocked the project last summer on a 3-2 vote. While members acknowledged it may benefit other states, they weren’t convinced it was worth it for Missouri ratepayers.