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Blog posts March 2008

Energy Update, March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008
In the States

KS – Governor Sebelius vetoed legislation that would have allowed a new coal power plant to be built in Kansas. Regulators rejected plans for a new plant to be built in western Kansas out of concerns for global warming. The legislature passed a bill that would have overturned that ruling before it was vetoed by the governor. A new bill has already been written though the House will still vote on an override, which is expected to fail. Sebelius vetoes coal billThe Wichita Eagle and New bill on coal-fired plants emerges in Kansas HouseThe Kansas City Star

MD Environmental bills overall are facing tough challenges before sine die, leaving many questioning their ability to be passed and the efficacy of the governor. O’Malley’s green agenda seen as stallingThe Washington Times

MI – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide a tax credit for manufacturers of solar cells. Solar tax credit proposed to lure mid-Michigan plant Mlive.com

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Energy Update, March 21, 2008

March 21, 2008
In the States

CO The legislature is considering a new bill which would increase the tax on oil and gas companies by 1% and slowly eliminate a property tax credit to funnel money toward education funds. Proposal aims to raise taxes on oil, gas industry - Rocky Mountain News

MD A new amendment in Maryland's bill to cut carbon emissions by 20% by 2025 would require the state's Department of Environmental Protection receive approval from the legislature before moving forward with any plans to reduce carbon emissions. Global warming bill heads to the House - Baltimore Sun

NH The NH House passed the bill that would implement the RGGI in the state. The bill must now go to the senate before the Governor will have a chance to sign it. The governor has said that the bill will help the state's environment and economy. Republicans objected on the grounds that rates may increase and the bill ignores emissions from transportation, homes and businesses. State lawmakers endorse global warming initiativeFosters Daily Democrat

NM The New Mexico House passed a bill (HB1164) 43-21 which would require power suppliers to include solar energy in their long term plans. The bill must now go through the Senate. Solar energy bill passes House - Pueblo Chieftain

TN The Senate is now considering a bill, with support from Governor Bredesen, which would raise the severance tax on coal mined in the state from 20 cents per ton to 4.5% of the coal's gross value. The state expects an extra $7M from the hike, which would be split between local communities and land reclamation efforts. Bredesen, coal industry square off - Chattanooga Times Free Press

VT The Governor signed a new energy bill into law which will provide grants or loans to Vermonters for weatherization projects, tax credits for alternative energy use, net metering, and other efficiency programs. Douglas signs energy policy - Rutland Herald

WA Granholm held a televised town hall in which she discussed alternative energy as being the basis of a new economy for Michigan and insisted that lawmakers - pass the energy bills she endorses in order to make those jobs a reality. At town hall meeting, Granholm pushes alternative energy, jobs - Michigan Daily

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