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February 25, 2015

WV Gov Vetoes Net Metering Bill

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

At the urging of the solar power industry, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have set new guidelines for net metering, CQ Roll Call’s Ed Felker reported for subscribers: Full story

February 24, 2015

State Moves to Help Dominion Solar Plans

Virginia lawmakers are pushing a measure to develop a solar authority that would facilitate financing for solar projects and help Dominion Virginia Power carry out proposed plans, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported:

This month, Dominion Virginia Power, the state’s largest electric utility, said it would invest $700 million in large-scale solar photovoltaic projects in a number of locations. The projects would generate at least 400 megawatts of power by 2020.

An amendment approved by the committee was tailored specifically to Dominion. It charged the authority with assisting Dominion’s plans by “providing for the financing or assisting in the financing of the construction or purchase of such solar energy projects” authorized by state law.

A state Senate committee sent the bill to the floor Monday.

February 18, 2015

NARUC Members Knock Clean Power Plan

State and regional regulators took the opportunity Tuesday to press the administration on aspects of EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Full story

February 17, 2015

NJ Leg Pressing Approval of Offshore Wind Project

A company is hoping the New Jersey legislature will force approval of its 25 megawatt offshore wind project that has Energy Department support but that a state commission has twice rejected. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 8:51 a.m.
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February 11, 2015

DOE Welcomes New Renewable Power Transmission

Electrical District 5 Substation (Todd Rhoades/Western Area Power).

Electrical District 5 Substation (Todd Rhoades/Western Area Power).

United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall will head to a substation 80 miles outside of Phoenix Thursday to celebrate a new 109-mile transmission project which, according to the department, “advances America’s energy infrastructure by eliminating system constraints and providing increased capacity access to affordable energy.” Full story

February 9, 2015

This Week: ARPA-E, Keystone & Budget

The House is expected to vote on the Senate bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline. The Energy Department will hold its annual technology convention and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will make two trips to Capitol Hill to discuss the budget. Full story

February 5, 2015

Moniz to Head to Hill

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Ernest Moniz For Energy Secretary

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will be in the hot seat next week, defending his department’s 2016 budget before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Full story

February 3, 2015

Energy Budget Takeaways

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The Energy Department unveiled its 2016 request for $29.9 billion in spending.
Here are some highlights:

• A 41 percent jump the energy efficiency and renewable energy program including big additions for vehicle technologies and geothermal programs.
• Natural gas technologies would see a 76 percent boost to $44 million while the department is looking to pare down overall fossil energy research by 2 percent.
• The department is requesting an 84 percent increase in spending for electricity delivery and energy reliability, doubling smart grid research increasing energy storage technology by 75 percent.
• Funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy would jump 16 percent.
• Nuclear reactor concepts would decrease 19 percent while fuel cycle research would increase 11 percent and fusion research would be down 10 percent.

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CQ subscribers can view our full budget coverage here.

February 2, 2015

This Week: Budget, Falling Oil & State Energy

Monday the administration unveils the 2016 budget, expected to ignore sequester spending caps. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will discuss Energy Department spending plans, streamed live.

The State Department set Monday as the deadline for department feedback on the Keystone XL presidential permit, though don’t expect to hear anything. “The Department of State is treating the agencies’ replies as part of an internal inter-agency process,” a State official told Geof Koss Friday. Full story

January 30, 2015

ICYMI: Keystone Vote, Gas Exports & Offshore Drilling

After dispatching a slew of amendments, the Senate Thursday passed a bill approving the Keystone Pipeline, falling shy of the support needed to override a threatened White House veto. CQ subscribers can read more on the prospects of a conference with the House. Full story

January 29, 2015

Moniz Plugs Gas Exports From Africa

(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz sees natural gas development among the resources that African countries could use in modernizing their energy sectors. Full story

January 28, 2015

A Warren Buffett Utility Looks to Beat Tax Expiration

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Berkshire Hathaway’s Nevada utility company NV Energy is doubling down on efforts to boost its renewable generation resources in order to ensure that projects qualify for tax incentives. Full story

January 26, 2015

Biden and Moniz Push Island Energy Overhaul

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, US State Department international energy coordinator, talk before the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday.      (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, State Department international energy coordinator, talk at the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz met Monday with Caribbean leaders and global financial organizations to promote development of alternative energy sources for island communities. Full story

Company Pins Solar Plant Fate on Congress

The potential reality of the Palen solar plant depends on whether lawmakers will extend or alter the investment tax credit. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Oil Prices and EPA Regs

There’s no shortage of energy events this week. The Senate is scheduled to continue Keystone XL pipeline votes Monday and the House is expected to consider legislation to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas.  Full story

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