Obama Administration’s Overtime Regulation Will Increase Complexity and Costs for Energy Industry and America

New federal overtime pay regulations will make more than 4 million employees newly eligible for overtime pay – the earnings threshold will be $47,476 vs. $23,660 previously – when they work more than 40 hours a week. The Wall Street Journal calls the change “one of the most far-reaching regulations issued during President Barack Obama’s […]

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Senate Energy Bill Back on Track

After months of negotiations over the Senate energy reform agreement to consider the measure appears to have been reached next week. After lawmakers decided to put off fights on offshore drilling and money for Flint, Mich. About four hours of debate and votes are likely before final passage of the energy bill, S. 2012. The […]

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EIA Reports Wind Adds Most New Generation in 2015

Wind, natural gas, and solar made up almost all new electric generation capacity in 2015, accounting for 41%, 30%, and 26% of total additions, respectively, according to preliminary data. The data also show a record amount of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was added on rooftops throughout the country in 2015. The trend of wind, […]

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Nominee for Supreme Court Announced by the Administration

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland isn’t a guaranteed vote for the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, but he’d be a lot more likely to uphold the rule than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. That’s what most environmental experts wrote last week after the announcement. One former Administration official wrote EPA “probably would have lost with […]

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Clean Power Plan Stopped by U.S. Supreme Court

A stunning U.S. Supreme Court decision to stop the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan has everyone surprised and the states responsible for providing plans for implementation up in the air. In a meeting this weekend, Speaker Ryan shared that it caught everyone off guard, but also opined that the legislative groundwork laid by the Republican […]

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