The House pulled its energy and water spending bill in May over a controversial Democratic amendment to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Also in limbo are talks to merge House and Senate versions of energy reform legislation. The House named conferees weeks ago, but the Senate has yet to act. “We’re sort of like the Maytag repairman. We’re waiting for the call that they’ve named conferees,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) yesterday.
A proposed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization could also emerge this week with the agency’s current operating authority due to expire July 15. As one of the few must-pass measures in this Congress, the bill could become a magnet for attaching other legislation. Renewable energy advocates have been pressing to fix what they call an oversight in last year’s end-of-year omnibus spending and tax package, which extended the investment tax credit for solar for five years but not other qualifying sources. Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, however, said they have drawn up an FAA extension running through 2017 that will not contain any tax provisions.
Laura Galavis grew up in a country where oil is king. Living in Caracas, Venezuela, she saw the power that petroleum had over residents. When oil prices climbed, the country made money from selling the fuel. At the same time, Galavis said, residents struggled to pay for gasoline. When petroleum prices fell, the country suffered economically and poverty spread. It inspired her to learn how to install solar panels.
Texas ranks first in the nation for both installed and under-construction wind capacity, while also supporting more than 24,000 wind-related jobs. The state is home to at least 40 manufacturing facilities and numerous component suppliers, and its wind energy industry has provided nearly $33 billion in capital investment. The parts to make a windmill are big; a tower can stretch several hundred feet. That’s where the Coastal Bend’s largest port can play a vital role in getting blades, turbines and other materials from a transaction sheet to someone’s property.
A letter from over 60 groups representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers was sent to Governor Cuomo, calling for bold action to start a new energy chapter for the Empire State. With a massive offshore wind resource available right off our shores, representatives of environmental, public health, labor, environmental justice, and community organizations are pushing for a large-scale, long-term, megawatt-certain offshore wind power commitment from the Governor.
Wind energy industry leaders have formed a new political group to promote the power source and back candidates ahead of this November’s elections. The American Wind Action (AWA) groupnwill “focus on ensuring that the public understand the importance of wind to energy policy,” the group said in a statement, and “also help elect candidates who are strong advocates for wind, and work to defeat candidates who oppose wind energy with a leading-edge grassroots effort in the 2016 campaign.”
FERC’s technical conference last week on Order 1000’s performance produced a mix of feedback, with some participants suggesting complete overhauls of the landmark rule and others saying it’s too early to tell if any changes would be useful. But nearly every participant urged the commission to improve transparency in transmission planners’ decision-making processes
John Podesta, a former senior counselor to Mr. Obama who is now the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, is an architect of both the Obama and Clinton climate change plans. In crafting them, Mr. Podesta, an ardent environmentalist and a seasoned political operative, sought to take substantive action to reduce emissions without turning to Congress, where climate legislation would most likely again be doomed.
Britain’s decision to leave the European union could delay the Moray Firth offshore wind energy project in Scotland owned by the renewables unit of Portugal’s Energias de Portugal-EDP, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday. Antonio Mexia told reporters that Britain’s Brexit vote last week has generated a lot of uncertainty that could complicate authorisation of the 1,116 MW, project to go ahead. The Moray project’s planned generation capacity would be enough to meet the electricity needs of 700,000 households.
he Southeast runs the risk of increasing carbon emissions while trying to comply with the Clean Power Plan if states add natural gas generation to meet demand without offsetting it with renewables and energy efficiency, according to a new study from Georgia Tech. This is because the region likely will shutter the largest number of coal units to meet U.S. EPA’s rule, which broadly requires a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants by 2030.