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February 3, 2015

Energy Budget Takeaways

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.


CQ subscribers can view our full budget coverage here.

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 14, 2015

Oil Slide and California’s Hidden Gas Tax


Did the oil price plunge obscure the effects of California’s cap and trade regulations for gasoline? Full story

December 17, 2014

Wyden Votes Against 1-Year Tax Extenders

File photo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

File photo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden — long an advocate for tax reform to make dozens of short-term tax credits permanent or longer lasting — was one of the 16 losing votes against a one year extension of most of the credits that will apply to 2014. Full story

December 12, 2014

CBO: Shale Production to Up GDP by 1%

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Shale oil and gas will increase the U.S. gross domestic product by 0.7 percent in 2020 and 0.9 percent in 2040, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. Full story

December 3, 2014

Camp: Extenders E-bike Omission not a Jab


As the House prepared to vote on a bill to extend dozens of tax credits for 2014, one missing credit raised eyebrows. Full story

November 19, 2014

Whitehouse Pitches Carbon Carrot to EPA’s Stick

File photo. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Climate issue advocate Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is once again pushing for a price on carbon dioxide in a bill he introduced Wednesday. Full story

November 17, 2014

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

November 6, 2014

Election Energy Roundup

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Early Wednesday, CQ Roll Call’s reporting team began parsing expected election impact and laying out how the GOP takeover would affect Senate energy policy. Here are some of the stories, with those requiring a CQ subscription marked with ($). Full story

September 29, 2014

Without ITC, Solar Concentrating Plant in Doubt


A company that had planned to build a second massive concentrating solar plant is reconsidering its request because of the expiration of a tax benefit and regulatory constraints. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 1:35 p.m.
Renewables, Taxes

September 25, 2014

Homeowner Asks IRS to Weigh in on Solar Tariffs



An Austin, Texas, man is pressing the IRS to review a utility program for residents who own rooftop photovoltaic panels. Full story

September 16, 2014

Wyden Wants Wind and Solar Tax Credits

David McNew/Getty Images

David McNew/Getty Images

The head of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for renewing dozens of tax credits that expired last year. Full story

September 9, 2014

Solar Expected to Break ‘Less Than 1 Percent’ Contribution

PR-US-Qtrly-PV-Installs-by-Mkt-Segment-Q210-Q214Additions of solar power from utilities, businesses and residences have jumped by more than a factor of 6 since 2010 and are expected to bring total capacity above 1 percent of total electrical generating capacity by the end of the year, according to Shawn Rumery, a research manager at the Solar Energy Industries Association. Full story

August 5, 2014

Analyst: Solar to Lose Tax Credit Training Wheels

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) tours a solar power site with Col. Howard Belote (C) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, at Nellis Air Force Base in May 2009. (Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) tours a solar power site with Col. Howard Belote (C) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, at Nellis Air Force Base in May 2009.
(Photo by John Locher-Pool/Getty Images)

The utility-scale solar power market in the United States is expected to falter in the next couple of years, contracting when the investment tax credit is no longer renewed, before expanding as a viable market, according to Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 2:24 p.m.
Renewables, Taxes

July 14, 2014

The Geopolitical Argument for Higher Gas Taxes

Congressional efforts to keep gasoline prices low are missing the big picture, says the head of the International Energy Agency. Full story

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