Friday, July 25, 2014

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Proposal Would Provide More Flexibility for Non-Utility Transmission Developers

The FERC July 19 called for public comment on a proposed policy statement intended to provide more flexibility for non-utility developers of transmission projects to negotiate with potential customers…

House Passes Bill That Would Put Limits on Biofuel Purchases by Defense Department

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved legislation May 18 that would sharply limit the Department of Defense’s ability to procure alternative fuels, sending a fight over the military’s use of biofuels to the Senate.

House Passes Spending Bill with Rider to Ease High-Carbon Fuels Prohibition

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved a measure May 10 to ease the federal government’s prohibition on the use of alternative or synthetic transportation fuels that emit more greenhouse gases than traditional fuels.

Energy Department ‘Ahead of Schedule’ in Meeting Goal to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Energy Department is “ahead of schedule” in meeting its goal to make electricity generated by solar power cost-competitive with energy produced from traditional sources by 2020, a department official said April 12.

Senate Leaders Vow Future Attempts After Clean Energy Tax Incentive Extension Bid Fails

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate leaders are vowing to continue to try to extend an array of clean energy tax incentives after an amendment that would have done so failed in the Senate March 13.

Greater Authority for FERC on Transmission Siting Praised by Clean Energy, Opposed by States

October 13, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

An idea floated by the Obama administration to consolidate electricity transmission siting authority within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a way to overcome obstacles hindering construction of interstate transmission lines has renewed the long-running debate over federal-state jurisdiction…

Solyndra Executives Invoke Fifth Amendment, Leave Loan Guarantee Questions Unanswered

September 29, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

Solyndra executives invoked their Fifth Amendment rights during a House hearing Sept. 23, declining to provide lawmakers with answers about why the solar panel manufacturer went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee…

Energy Department Cancels Guarantees for Two Solar Projects in Wake of Solyndra

September 29, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Energy Department has canceled loan guarantees for two solar energy projects, in an action that one of the companies attributed to increased scrutiny by the department in the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy…

BNA INSIGHTS: New Jersey’s Solar Renewable Portfolio Standards—A Model for Success

Despite being one of the smallest states in the nation, New Jersey is second only to California in installed solar electric generating capacity. No other solar market is growing faster…

Senate Approves Amendment to Repeal Ethanol Tax Credit

The Senate June 16 easily adopted an amendment (S. Amdt. No. 476) to a reauthorization of the Economic Development Revitalization Act (S. 782) that would repeal the ethanol blender’s tax credit, signaling growing support to eliminate the subsidy as negotiations continue to find an appropriate vehicle to end the credit…

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