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Monthly Archives: May 2012

State Budget Schedule Set – Expect June 13 Budget

After several hours of debate, the House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to approve the Senate’s $27.65 billion budget target. While several Democrat-offered amendments were blocked during the committee meeting, the Appropriations chair signaled that amendments will be considered during ongoing budget debates next month.

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EIA Reviews Clean Energy Standard Legislation

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (S. 2146) earlier this spring. The bill would require large-scale electric utilities to produce gradually increasing amounts of electricity from clean energy sources – including increased power production from biomass, waste and reside streams, and combined heat and power plants.

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BCAP Still a Player in 2012 Farm Bill

Both chambers of Congress continue to consider the many components of the 2012 Farm Bill. While several bioenergy related programs have been slated for the chopping block, there is still an opportunity for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program to prevail.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Leads Bipartisan Effort to Encouraging Expanded Utilization of U.S. Forest Products

Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn Thompson this week sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, urging changes to the treatment of forest products under the Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2012 rating system. LEED, widely used by building owners and operators to certify their materials and operations are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, plans to release a revised rating system, LEED 2012, in November of 2012.

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Senate Passes $27.65 Billion Budget

As expected, the legislature’s post-primary return has brought with it a flurry of activity on the state budget. The Senate Republicans previewed a $27.65 billion budget on Monday. The bill was unanimous approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and passed the full Senate by a vote of 39-8 Wednesday afternoon. The Senate package (SB 1466) would spend $500 more than Governor Corbett’s initial $27.15 billion budget proposal. House Republicans and the Corbett Administration have both signaled that the proposal represents the “ceiling” for debates that will unfold over the coming weeks.

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PUC Finalizes Provisions for Collection, Disbursement of Impact Fee

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Thursday finalized provisions of Act 13 related to the collection and disbursement of the impact fee for unconventional natural gas well drilling.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Smart Meter Opt-Out Legislation

The House Consumer Affairs Committee held a public hearing to discuss House Bill 2188, which would allow customers to opt-out of smart meter technology.

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PENNVEST, DEP Announce Second Nutrient Credit Trading Auction of 2012

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection will host a June 13 auction for the sale and purchase of nutrient credits in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds.

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