Climate bill to be marked up this week

18 May 2009 — The House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin marking up a revised climate change and energy bill May 18. Chairman Henry Waxman, (D-Calif.), said he expects the panel to approve the measure by the end of the week. While negotiations with moderate Democrats are continuing, Waxman announced agreements on a number of issues and said he has enough votes to get the bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, out of committee.

Republicans, who unveiled an alternative to the bill May 14, said they have drafted some 200 amendments, although they may not offer that many. The committee's revisions are not complete, but some changes have surfaced. Free greenhouse gas emission allowances would be distributed to (among others):


  • 35 percent to the electric utility industry with 30 percent going to local distribution utilities and 5 percent to merchant coal generators. Free credits would be phased out over a five-year period from 2026 through 2029.

  • 9 percent to local natural gas distribution utilities with a 2026-2030 phase-out.

  • 15 percent to energy-intensive industries in 2014, decreasing based on the percentage of emissions reductions and phased out completely after 2025.

  • 2 percent from 2014-2017 and 5 percent in subsequent years to help electric utilities cover the costs of installing and operating carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

  • 10 percent phasing down to 5 percent to states for investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • 3 percent phasing down to 1 percent for investments in electric vehicles.


Some of the unallocated allowances will be auctioned to ensure that the bill is budget-neutral. The rest will be used for consumer protections.

Also, the bill would have a combined 20 percent renewable energy and energy efficiency standard. By 2020, utilities would be required to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources and demonstrated annual electricity savings of 5 percent from efficiency measures.

State governors may reduce these requirements by a few percentage points if the governor determines utilities cannot meet the requirements. The original version of the bill had a renewable energy standard of 25 percent by 2020 and a separate energy efficiency standard.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

EPA releases coal ash rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the agency will now consider coal ash on the same level as household waste as opposed to hazardous waste. Household garbage and coal ash are both listed in the solid waste category, a stretch from the hazardous waste classification.

NRC: DOE’s Yucca Mountain R&D meet NRC requirements

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published Volume 4 of its safety evaluation report on a proposed underground used nuclear fuel repository in Nevada.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

Dominion Virginia Power shelves plans for offshore wind project

Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), put plans to build an offshore w...

Coal ash recycling company successfully repurposes pond ash

The SEFA Group Inc. recently opened a stand-alone Staged Turbulent Air Reactor (STAR) facilit...

Hawaii energy park, Sandia National Laboratories to test energy storage

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has secured a deal with New Mexico-...

E.ON, GE wind farm reaches operation in Texas

E.ON and GE's (NYSE: GE) Energy Financial Services celebrated the opening of the Grandview Wi...

Feds move to speed approval for Great Plains wind projects

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper...

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power acquires Minnesota wind project

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has acquired the 78-MW Black Oak Getty wind project — in Stearns ...

Mississippi Power to build largest utility-scale solar projects in the state

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is partnering with two solar ...

Another measure to block advance of NC renewables law falls

North Carolina electric companies must keep planning to generate more power through alternati...

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Industry Wire News

Rockdale Resources Enters Into Letter of Intent to Acquire Working Interest in a Historical Oklahoma Oil Field

Rockdale Resources Enters Into Letter of Intent to Acquire Working Interest in a Histor...

Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces Newbuilding Vessel Deliveries and Reminder for Upcoming Conference Call

Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces Newbuilding Vessel Deliveries and Reminder for Upcoming ...

Falcon Crest Energy Searching for Opportunities Outside Oil and Gas Sector

Falcon Crest Energy Searching for Opportunities Outside Oil and Gas Sector

West Texas Resources, Inc. Announces Appointment of Paul Brogan to Board of Directors

West Texas Resources, Inc. Announces Appointment of Paul Brogan to Board of Directors

Younicos Commends U.S. Department of Energy Call for Energy Storage to Be Part of National Electricity Grid Infrastructure Improvements

Younicos Commends U.S. Department of Energy Call for Energy Storage to Be Part of Natio...

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>