Monthly Archives: July 2012


Obama official: Ending wind credit could have ‘devastating effect’

Letting the wind production tax credit (PTC) expire at the end of this year “could have a devastating effect” on the wind energy industry, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Tuesday.

Wind, or any other energy industry, needs “some level of certainty” about incentives they bake into business plans, Wellinghoff said in response to a […]

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Obama announces new sanctions on Iran

President Obama announced new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday just as lawmakers of both parties in the House and Senate ran out of patience and introduced their own legislation.

In his first action, Obama signed an executive order that imposes new sanctions on the Iranian energy and petrochemical sectors to block the country from circumventing existing […]

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Deal clears path for anti-EU emission trading bill in Senate

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill to block the European Union from requiring U.S. airlines to trade carbon emissions emitted from flights to European countries.

The bill, which has been dubbed the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act (S. 1956), had been opposed by two prominent Democratic […]

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Grassley wants answers from Romney camp on extending wind tax credit

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) isn’t yet convinced that Mitt Romney really wants to kill production tax credits for wind energy projects, incentives that have helped fuel a wind boom in the Hawkeye State, a battleground in this year’s presidential election.

But the campaign reaffirmed Tuesday what it said on Monday: that Romney wants the credit, which […]

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Obama official: Feds need more cybersecurity oversight for electric grid

The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that cybersecurity legislation being considered by Congress must give a federal entity more authority over the nation’s electric grid to ensure its protection from malicious attacks. 

FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff said he had not seen all the specifics of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Cybersecurity Act. He noted, […]

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Obama campaign hits Romney over wind energy tax credit

President Obama’s campaign is bashing Mitt Romney for the presumptive GOP nominee’s view that tax incentives for wind power projects should lapse at the end of the year.

Romney’s position, announced Monday, sets up a sharp contrast with Obama, who is pressing Congress to approve a multiyear extension of incentives that the wind industry calls vital […]

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News bites: BP posts big loss, feds test spill containment, and more

Oil giant BP posted a big quarterly loss Tuesday, The New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia is on track to surpass its record for oil production this year.

The Houston Chronicle reports on efforts to test oil spill containment systems. From its story:

The first-ever full-scale test of how the oil industry […]

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ClearView nabs well-known analyst Tezak for senior role

The research and consulting firm ClearView Energy Partners, LLC is adding muscle with the addition of Christine Tezak as a managing director.

Tezak, a well-known analyst of the Washington energy landscape, will lead the firm’s coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy, ClearView said.

“The firm looks forward to adding the complementary […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Romney’s wind stance blows through Capitol

STATE OF PLAY: The news of Mitt Romney’s support for allowing wind energy tax credits to lapse at year’s end blew through Capitol Hill Monday, revealing a divide with some heartland Republicans.

Romney’s campaign confirmed Monday that the presumptive GOP White House nominee does not believe Congress should extend the production tax credit (PTC) beyond this […]

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Congress to pass bipartisan, tougher Iran sanctions this week

House and Senate negotiators announced an agreement late Monday on a bill that would significantly tighten sanctions against Iran and companies that help Iran develop its energy resources or advance its nuclear program.

The new Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act was developed in bipartisan, bicameral discussions over the last several weeks, after both […]

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