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Energy Legislation

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

"And Lo, My Electricity Bill has Been Reduced Thanks to the RET"

July 7, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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I recently received news that my electricity bill will go down and that feels like a relief after years of massive increases. In fairness, the regulators have performed a miracle to take the pressure off, given that solar, the carbon tax and the RET were apparently going to cause endlessly increasing electricity price rises.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]

California Moves Closer to Streamlined Solar Energy Permitting

June 3, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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California and Solar Permitting

The California legislature just moved a little bit closer to reducing some of the various "soft costs" of installing solar energy systems with an assembly bill that is meant to streamline the permitting and inspection process for small residential solar energy systems.[read more]

US Strategic Gasoline Reserve: Solution or Band-Aid?

June 2, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The recent announcement that the US Department of Energy would establish a strategic gasoline stockpile to serve the Northeast was at least partly a response to calls for such a reserve in the aftermath of the fuel distribution problems caused by “Superstorm” Sandy in 2012.[read more]

The MLP Parity Act is a No-Brainer for Renewable Energy

June 2, 2014 by Robert Rapier

A Master Limited Partnership (MLP) is a publicly traded partnership with a tax structure that enables it to attract low-cost capital. The main attraction of an MLP from an investor’s point of view is that MLPs don’t pay corporate income tax. Profits are passed directly to unitholders via regular distributions.[read more]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

April 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced late yesterday by three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by reinstating and improving important efficiency tax incentives.[read more]

Energy, Tax Reform, and Signs of Early Common Ground in Camp and Baucus Proposals

March 20, 2014 by Jason Burwen

Energy and Congress

Proposals by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) reform the tax code in a manner that would significantly impact the American energy system—with some surprising early agreements.[read more]

Adding Energy Innovation to the FAIR Act

September 11, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Innovation and the FAIR Act

In March Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mary Landrieu introduced the Fixing America’s Inequities with Revenues (FAIR) Act of 2013. Unfortunately, the bill as presented is weak, as it does not include any measures to directly support clean energy innovation with drilling revenue.[read more]

New Hydro Energy Laws Could Add 60 GW Of Clean Energy To U.S. Grid

August 20, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Hydro Energy Facility

The one thing everyone working on energy issues in America can agree upon is non-existent energy policy action at the national level. But last week President Obama signed two bills that could boost US renewables generation from an unlikely source: small hydropower.[read more]

Building Bipartisan Collaboration on Energy Competition?

July 19, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

All indications are that the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman will be brought to the Senate floor for debate.[read more]

Comprehensive Energy Legislation Unlikely, But Opportunities for Individual Measures May Be on the Horizon

May 5, 2011 by Steve Nadel

In an earlier blog post I noted that June was likely to be a critical month for possible federal energy legislation. It now looks like June will be consumed with work on the long-term federal budget and raising the federal debt ceiling, crowding out other issues. Earlier hopes that the debt ceiling issue would be resolved in May when we...[read more]

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NGVA Calls for Legislative Action in Washington

August 13, 2010 by Mike Smith
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NGVsNow Also Offers Grassroots SupportBOSTON – The Natural Gas Vehicles for America program here in Boston has focused largely on energy legislation, extending tax credits beyond 2010, and support for the Natural Gas Act. With the high visibility BP Oil Spill, the nation is turning to alternative fuels for autos, and trucks. NGVA’s call...[read more]

D-Day for Macondo

August 2, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. This two-pronged attack is expected to begin tonight or tomorrow with a static kill in which heavy drilling muds are pumped into the Macondo's cap and down into the well. If the static kill works, the pressure inside the well will fall from 6,980 psi (pounds per square inch) to zero as the mud forces the rising oil and gas back down into the earth. Then engineers hope to force cement through the top of the well to permanently plug it from the top.[read more]