Energy efficiency and hydropower legislation advanced Wednesday to the Senate floor from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but not before conservatives registered their concern about new federal spending.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was approved on a 19-3 voice vote, with Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Tim Scott, R-S.C. voting against.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden is set on Wednesday to pass bipartisan hydropower and energy efficiency bills through the committee.
If approved, they would mark the first energy-related bills sent to the Senate floor under Wyden's chairmanship. Committee passage could set the stage for enactment of non-controversial energy legislation into law that skirts larger partisan and regional differences over fossil fuel and renewable energy policies.
Norwegian regulators approved Statkraft AS's plan to build a 2-megawatt osmotic pilot plant, the world's first attempt to generate energy from exploiting differences in salt levels between sea water and fresh water, Bloomberg reports.
Attorneys general in four Northeastern states announced they would petition the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a new review of regulations governing nuclear waste storage, The Associated Press reports.
A panel of infrastructure experts in New Jersey criticized Gov. Chris Christie for remarks that suggested there was no evidence of a link between climate change and Hurricane Sandy, E&E Publishing reports.