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White House proposes cuts to 2015 USDA budget

Source: Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The 2015 White House budget proposal also included the reinstatements of several expired tax provisions, such as credits for cellulosic biofuel and wind energy production.

Major Minn. power supplier calls for a CO2 price to implement EPA power plant rule

Source: Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In the cooperative’s plan, independent system operators (ISOs), the managers of regional grids, would place a carbon fee on generated electricity. Great River Energy is the first electric cooperative to publicly offer a response to EPA’s rules.

“It takes advantage of all of the infrastructure that’s been created in our industry,” said Jon Brekke, vice president of membership and energy markets for Great River Energy. “It just adds another component to the management [of the grids] and, we think, could add another benefit to it.”

Moniz touts budget’s focus on grid, carbon capture, cybersecurity

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today touted the president’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal for the Energy Department as a means to advance a “grid of the future,” curb carbon emissions — including those from natural gas — and bolster cybersecurity.

Maine High court overrules state approval of multimillion-dollar wind energy deal

Source: By Naomi Schalit, ©Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that a state agency’s approval of the complex deal was invalid.

John Podesta: The man behind President Obama’s new environmental push

Source: By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who attended the Podesta-brokered meeting last week between governors and Obama, said in an interview that Podesta “speaks through his actions” and that the session “demonstrated in the most tangible way how committed the president is to trying to address this issue. It showed that we have a real situation. They actually said as much.”

Wyden announces senior staff hires for Finance Committee

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Among the new hires are Finance Committee Staff Director Joshua Sheinkman, who held the same position at ENR and has worked for Wyden since at least 1994, according to the congressional staff database LegiStorm. Jocelyn Moore will be the committee’s deputy staff director; she has been Wyden’s deputy chief of staff since last April after more than a decade on Capitol Hill working on health care, immigration and other issues.

Obama proposes boost for renewables, efficiency at fossil fuels’ expense

Source: Katherine Ling, Hannah Northey and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request would boost funding for innovation in renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing across various programs, reflecting White House priorities — but those policies are likely to spur critics to again question the administration’s commitment to an “all of the above” energy strategy.

Obama lays out ‘road map’ to achieving climate, energy goals

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The budget renews Obama’s call for the repeal of $4 billion in annual subsidies to the oil industry, an oft-repeated request from the president that stands little chance of clearing Congress. The budget also calls for advancing the “all of the above” energy strategy through investment in natural gas production and the promotion of “cleaner-burning fossil fuel technology such as natural gas with carbon capture,” the advancement of energy efficiency and making a renewable energy tax credit permanent.

WYOMING TOP IN CO2 PER PERSON AMID NEW REGULATIONS

Source: BY MEAD GRUVER, ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

urns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn’t smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming. But regulating greenhouse gases is a touchy subject in the least-populated state, which just recently received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval to do so.

Maine Governor proposes rollback of wind targets

Source: E&E • Posted: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has introduced legislation that would eliminate the state’s wind power target, despite criticism from environmental groups that say the move represents an attack on renewable energy. The bill would roll back a 2008 law signed by then-Gov. John Baldacci (D) that set a wind energy production target of 3,000 megawatts by 2020.