Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. is wading back into the debate over energy tax breaks, a controversial thicket that pits renewable energy and biofuels advocates -- and President Barack Obama -- against conservatives and the oil lobby.
Wyden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said Thursday he will use a hearing next week to press for ways that comprehensive tax reform could level the incentives for renewables and fossil fuels.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The first two bills designed to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to Nevada sailed through the Assembly unanimously Thursday as one lawmaker called the project the biggest thing to hit the state since the Hoover Dam.
After just two minutes of debate, the Assembly voted 39-0 and sent to the Senate a bill that would help finance Tesla's tax breaks by ending a $125 million subsidy to insurance companies that locate their home offices in Nevada.
On another 39-0 vote about eight minutes later, they approved discounted electricity rates for the electric-car maker's "gigafactory" expected to help create more than 20,000 jobs and inject up to $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the electric car maker's "gigafactory" and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Opposition emerged Wednesday as Nevada lawmakers began negotiating over whether to approve a complex package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives for Tesla Motors in a special session ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval to seal the deal to bring the electric car-maker's $5 billion battery factory to the state.
The Republican governor urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the $5 billion "gigafactory" and tens of thousands of jobs he says would help pull Nevada from its worst economic crisis in state history.
As Chevron continues to shed its renewable portfolio, it has sold off the Hawaii office of Chevron Energy Solutions to Opterra Energy Services, owned by Oaktree Capital Management LP, Pacific Business News reports.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs he says are needed to recover from the worst economic crisis in state history.
Majority Democrats in the Senate and Assembly intended to open the session Wednesday to begin work on the package the Republican governor says would help further diversify Nevada's hard-hit, tourism-based economy through new and innovative technology.
A debate is heating up in Washington over the best way to encourage the generation of more solar power, in particular whether to open the door to leasing, a move opposed by solar installation companies currently operating in the state, The Seattle Times reports.
Questions surrounding how developers of renewable power projects would get subsidies if Scotland votes for independence are just a few of the issues of concern in the energy sector, given that Scotland exports electricity and generates more than 40 percent of Britain’s wind power capacity, Bloomberg reports.
Riding the back of the oil boom, Halliburton reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the 3rd quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that CEO Dave Lesar predicted in a conference call Monday that the recent drop in oil prices would be temporary.
Skepticism about OPEC agreeing to cut oil production pressured prices again Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery slipped 4 cents to settle at $82.71 a barrel on the Nymex, but in London December Brent lost 76 cents to end at $85.40, Bloomberg reports.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
Despite industry support for the GOP bid to take over control of the Senate, oil and gas companies are still giving substantial donations to the re-election effort of Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Reuters reports.
One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.
With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.
Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.