OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Shutdown can’t stop wind tax credit attacks

October 2, 2013 by  
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ON TAP WEDNESDAY: House Republicans will take aim at wind energy tax credits at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

And they’re using the government shutdown as ammunition for political attacks.

“With the federal government currently at a standstill over budget negotiations, it is imperative for Congress to continue to root out and address wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars,” states an advisory for the Wednesday hearing on the production tax credit.

A subcommittee is slated to hear from an IRS official, as well as both critics and advocates of the tax incentive that wind project developers call vital to continued growth.


Reuters has the latest from the multibillion-dollar civil trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill.

The Houston Chronicle
looks at Interior Department plans to create new safety standards for subsea blowout preventers.

The New York Times
reports that “Political instability and violent protests in North Africa are taking their toll on the region’s energy sector.”

Bloomberg explores U.S. Army green energy programs and notes, “The effort isn’t about saving the Earth.” 


The latest in lobbying registrations . . .

• NextEra Energy Resources has hired Liebman Associates. They’ll lobby on “Clean and sustainable energy technology research, development and demonstration,” according to a disclosure filing.

• Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission
has brought on Dutko Worldwide to lobby on “Work regarding FERC certificate of abandonment, and on issues concerning pipelines, energy prices, and energy transportation.”

• Servergy
has retained JM Burkman Associates to lobby on “green data center issues.” Their registration notes plans to lobby Congress and the departments of Defense, Energy and Homeland Security.


Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire on Tuesday . . .

FERC nominee Binz throws in the towel

President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) has bowed out, citing his long odds of advancing in the

“Last evening I asked the president that my name be
withdrawn from further consideration as his nominee to the [FERC]. It
appears that my nomination will not be reported favorably by the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee,” Ron Binz said in a statement Tuesday. Click here for the whole story.

Wyden: Keep ‘organized PR’ out of next FERC nominee battle

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.) wants to turn down the volume of the next debate over who
should be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Wyden, in a statement Tuesday after President Obama’s nominee Ron Binz threw in the towel, alluded to the PR campaigns for and against Binz. Click here for the whole story.

GOP lawmaker cheers EPA shutdown

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said via Twitter Tuesday that the partial government shutdown isn’t all bad.

“There is some good news out of the shutdown, the EPA can’t issue new regulations,” Blackburn said on the social media site. Click here for the whole story.

Disgraced EPA official pleads the Fifth in House probe

A former federal official who has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly
$900,000 by impersonating a CIA officer refused to testify before a
House committee Tuesday. Click here for the whole story.

Senators to huddle on path forward for efficiency bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said Tuesday that a bipartisan group of
senators will huddle this week to try and revive her stalled energy
efficiency legislation that was recently knocked off the Senate floor.

are coming up with a new strategy and working with the stakeholders,”
she said in the Capitol. “We are going to have a meeting this week to
talk about the potential path forward, so I am not giving up.” Click here for the whole story.

Bloomberg, Steyer, Paulson team up on climate

The goal of the new climate
initiative from Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson and Michael Bloomberg has been revealed: make the case that failing to act on
global warming is far more expensive than cutting emissions. Click here for the whole story.

Murkowski aide heads to gas pipeline group

A former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has joined the Alaska
Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the organization recently

Miles Baker, who has worked as Murkowski’s state director and
finance and economic policy adviser, begins as AGDC’s government
relations and external affairs director on Oct. 21. Click here for the whole story.

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