Shutdown looms as White House objects to omnibus despite lack of big-ticket riders

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Washington is gearing up today for yet another white-knuckle ride toward a potential government shutdown after the White House warned that the 2012 spending deal could “undercut environmental protections” and instead urged passage of a stopgap plan to keep agencies open past tomorrow’s expiration of federal funds.

Wind, biodiesel subsidies promoted

Source: Phil Brasher • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

WASHINGTON — With subsidies for corn ethanol set to disappear at the end of the month, the rest of the renewable-energy industry is lobbying lawmakers to keep government incentives going. The $1-a-gallon tax credit that undergirds the production of biodiesel also is due to expire Dec. 31, while tax incentives that support wind power and […]

Ethanol opponents work to block E15

Source: Philip Brasher • Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

As lawmakers were working to finish a major appropriations bill for fiscal 2012, ethanol opponents were working to include a provision that would block a planned increase in the amount of the biofuel that can be added to gasoline. The cap has long been 10 percent but the Environmental Protection Agency is moving to increase the limit to 15 percent to assure that there is a growing market for ethanol.

Why 2012 Will Be a Bad Year for Renewable Energy

Source: Bryan Walsh • TIME • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

More than 7,000 miles away in Washington, however, another negotiation is underway that could be much more important to the climate than the U.N. summit — and the end isn’t likely to be as positive. U.S. wind and solar companies are panicking over the murky future of federal support for renewable energy.

Loss of federal incentives could hurt cellulosic ethanol development

Source: Robert Pore • Grand Island Independent • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Nebraska’s ethanol industry could be adversely impacted if Congress doesn’t extend key tax incentives, especially those for cellulosic ethanol, a Nebraska Ethanol Board official said.

House passes tax bill with pipeline provision, fueling clash on spending

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The House GOP last night edged closer to an explosive end-of-year standoff with Senate Democrats and the White House as it approved a tax-cut package that includes speedy approval of the politically volatile Keystone XL oil pipeline and a rollback of U.S. EPA’s boiler emissions limits.

Global Biofuels Output Slows on Less Brazilian Ethanol, IEA Says

Source: Ola Galal • Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

World production of biofuels will increase at a slower pace than previously forecast in the next five years as Brazil’s ethanol output declines and the U.S. market becomes saturated, the International Energy Agency said.

Big energy measures to slide past 2012

Source: DARREN GOODE and DARREN SAMUELSOHN • POLITICO • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Capitol Hill’s biggest energy policy trend of 2011 is a Congress unable to accomplish much of anything. Don’t expect that to change until after next year’s election.

U.S. drivers spend record amount on gasoline in 2011

Source: Ronald D. White • Los Angeles Times • Posted: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Despite lower demand, more than $448 billion has been paid so far for fuel — $100 billion more than in 2010. Consistently high oil prices are blamed.

U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Two weeks of contentious United Nations talks over climate change concluded Sunday morning with an agreement by more than 190 nations to work toward a future treaty that would require all countries to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.