Senate’s stopgap talks near finish line; Zika rider likely dropped

Source: George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E reporters • Posted: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday members were “close” to a CR deal that would keep government running for about 10 weeks, through Dec. 9. Without an agreement in place, much of government would be forced to shut down in less than two weeks, when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1

Court greenlights sale of SunEdison solar, wind farms to NRG

Source: By Peg Brickley, Denver Post • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A bankruptcy court yesterday allowed solar giant SunEdison Inc. to proceed with a sale of several solar and wind projects. An affiliate of NRG Energy Inc. will buy the renewable energy developments for $144 million. The projects are located in California, Utah, Texas, Hawaii, Washington and Maine.

Data center or power plant? In Wyo., it’s both

Source: David Ferris, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

In 2012, the governor of Wyoming made an exciting announcement: Cheyenne, the state’s capital, would be the home to a huge new Microsoft data center. Then things got complicated, in ways that happen these days when a technology company demanding clean power meets a coal-heavy power grid. The first problem was that the data center’s projected power demand, 200 megawatts, would almost double the amount of electricity needed in little Cheyenne.

Amazon invests in massive Texas wind farm

Source: By Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Amazon is investing in West Texas wind for its largest renewable energy project ever. Seattle-based Amazon is teaming up with Chicago’s Lincoln Clean Energy to build the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas west of Abilene in Scurry County. One megawatt typically powers 200 homes on a hot Texas day.

Wind Energy Group Launches Kansas Ad Campaign

Source: By JACK FITZPATRICK, Morning Consult • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

American Wind Action, a nonprofit group that backs wind power, launched a six-figure ad campaign Monday promoting the energy source in Kansas. The ad campaign includes TV ads running on broadcast and cable, along with radio and digital ads.

Clean Line, Illinois regulators appeal decision rejecting utility status

Source: By Michael Lustig, SNL • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“The appeals court has created a Catch 22 barrier, with no basis in the statute, to prevent new companies from becoming public utilities and to prevent them from helping to lower energy prices in Illinois,” Clean Line Vice President Hans Detweiler said in a news release. “We are challenging the court’s decision because it will harm Illinois consumers by reducing the amount of carbon-free energy in the marketplace,” John Moore, director of the NRDC’s Sustainable FERC Project, said in the news release.

Industry praises bipartisan Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition for seeking U.S. agencies’ help to site wind projects

Source: By David Ward, AWEA • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, representing 20 states from California to Virginia, has led for a decade on policies to increase wind energy around the country. This morning the coalition sent a letter to President Obama from Iowa’s Terry Branstad, Chair of the Coalition, and governor of a state that gets over 31 percent of its electricity from wind; and Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, Vice Chair, and governor of the state with the first U.S. offshore wind farm. They wrote:

Regulators bring back favorable rates for solar customers

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

More than 30,000 Nevada electric power customers who installed rooftop solar panels on their homes and businesses before this year will continue to receive retail-rate compensation under Nevada’s net metering program, state regulators determined Friday.

Coming Soon, Economists Hope: Big Spending on Roads, Bridges and Ports

Source: By CONOR DOUGHTY, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 19th, 2016

Mrs. Clinton has said that if she is elected president, her administration will seek to spend $250 billion over five years on repairing and improving the nation’s infrastructure — not just ports but roads, bridges, energy systems and high-speed broadband — and would put an additional $25 billion toward a national infrastructure bank to spur related business investments. Mr. Trump said he wanted to go even bigger, saying his administration would spend at least twice as much as Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Trump, taking a page from liberal economists, said he would fund his plan by borrowing several hundred billion dollars, but has offered no specifics. Mrs. Clinton’s more detailed proposal, by contrast, would be paid for by a business tax overhaul aimed at collecting additional revenue from companies that have parked assets abroad.

Congress aims to move spending plan this week, then campaign

Source: George Cahlink, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 19th, 2016

Congress will try this week to hammer out an agreement on short-term spending that would allow lawmakers to head home to campaign for re-election by week’s end. The Senate is set to vote at 5:30 this evening on a procedural motion to call up the stopgap legislation, also known as a continuing resolution. A vote had been set for last week but was scrapped to give lawmakers more time to reach a deal.