Five Stories: Congress Agrees to Renew Wind, Solar Tax Credits

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/16/15).

  1. The Hill reports: “Lawmakers have agreed to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports as part of a spending and tax package announced by congressional leadership on Tuesday night, according to a GOP lawmaker. In exchange, Republicans agreed to extend a series of expired or expiring renewable energy tax breaks. Both the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit won five-year extensions in the tax and spending package unveiled on Tuesday, the GOP lawmaker said.”
  2. NRDC’s Switchboard blog reviews “energy efficiency progress at America’s utilities” in 2015.
  3. The Los Angeles Times reports, “Rooftop solar panel owners could face new fees under a proposal issued Tuesday, but state regulators rejected several recommendations by utility companies that threatened the expansion of residential and commercial solar efforts.”
  4. Thomas Friedman of the New York Times argues that the Paris climate agreement is a “big, big deal.”
  5. Climate Progress reports: “Clean air advocates got a major win Tuesday, after a court of appeals ruled that the first U.S. regulations limiting toxic heavy metal emissions from power plants will be upheld as the Environmental Protection Agency fine tunes the rule. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the EPA can enforce the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a 2012 law that limits the emissions of mercury, arsenic and other metals that the agency says can cause health problems like cancer in adults and children.”