TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES INCREASE AFFORDABILITY OF WIND

In my years at the American Wind Energy Association, where I worked with the leading manufacturers in the world like General Electric and Siemens, I learned a very important part of the price of wind energy was technology advances made in manufacturing that could reduce the cost. These advances and their cost reductions were modeled […]

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First Comprehensive Energy Bill In 9 Years

The Senate on Wednesday started debating its first comprehensive energy legislation since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure meant to update the nation’s power grid and oil and gas transportation systems to address major changes in the ways that power is now produced in the United States., S. 2012. The legislation would change […]

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Energy Insiders Make Predictions for 2016

Last year was full of energy policy surprises, from Congress ending the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports to the EPA rewriting its formula for the Clean Power Plan, and actually tightening the final target. Oh, and the sage grouse was left off the endangered list, and the world’s nations actually agreed on a climate […]

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2015 A Big Step Forward, 2016 Still a Mystery

This last year was significant for its action on energy and environment policy. In all three branches of government, actions were taken that will shape our country’s energy future. Let’s outline just a few of these: From the Obama administration, the most significant action taken was their Clean Power Plan was finalized. Their most sweeping […]

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Congress Ends the Year on a High Note

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday in favor a $1.8 trillion package of spending bills and tax breaks, sending the legislation to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The 65-33 vote effectively wraps up the congressional session for the year, with the House and Senate adjourning for the holiday recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) […]

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Year End Negotiations on Budget, Taxes and Energy and Environment Policy Heats Up

Congressional leaders voted on Thursday to pass a short term extension through December 16 to allow themselves more time to reach agreement over an Omnibus appropriations bill, business tax extenders. There is still optimism that an agreement can be reached after days of difficult negotiations over policy “riders” in the legislation. The omnibus is expected […]

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