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Kansas, Nebraska Fight EPA’s Rule on Ethanol Emissions

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning have joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Urban Air Initiative in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations changing how ethanol emissions are monitored. The lawsuit was filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on December 2, 2014. The new EPA regulations, known as Moves2014, require states to measure emissions from ethanol-blended fuels in a way that predicts higher levels...

Cromnibus Reinstates Wind Production Tax Credit

The $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” continuing resolution/omnibus spending law funding most government agencies through the 2015 fiscal year contains a number of special interest tax breaks, including reinstatement of the expired Production Tax Credit for wind power producers. Some analysts expressed surprise Congress reinstituted the PTC, as just in 2013 a block of Republicans insisted the credit lapse. Despite the high costs and inherent intermittency of wind power, there are signs the new Congress...

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