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The Brian Lehrer Show

Green Energy Options, Explained

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Last week, we talked about why many listeners saw their bills spike this winter. Gerald Norlander, executive director of New York's Utility Project, explains why other listeners didn't, and the options available for customers who want to shop around.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Your Con Ed Bill Spiked This Month

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Some people's Con Ed bills are much higher than they were at this time last year - and (spoiler alert) it's related to the frigid temperatures.

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WNYC News

Albany Bill Takes Aim at Utility Rate Hike

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The state legislature has unanimously approved a bill that supporters say could prevent a 12 percent rate hike in energy prices.

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Transportation Nation

Car Battery Incentives, BP Liability in New Senate Bill

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Senate Democrats have released a scaled-back energy bill that cracks down on BP and other oil drillers but avoids hoped-for debate over controlling carbon emissions across the economy.

The bill includes several new incentives and investments for cleaner-energy vehicles. That includes rebate programs and loan guarantees designed to encourage companies to convert their trucking fleets to natural gas-burning vehicles. It would also spend millions to encourage the installation of natural gas pumping stations to service those fleet

Plug-in hybrids and electric cars also get a nod, to the tune of about $5 billion. The package of incentives and grants for plug-in hybrids and high-capacity battery development reported here several weeks ago have made it into the bill, according the Senate Democratic aides. The package includes the development of at least a dozen demonstration communities where car-charging infrastructure would be piloted. It also contains a taxpayer-funded $10 million prize for the first firm to develop a battery capable of driving a car 500 miles on a single charge.

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Transportation Nation

From Obama's "Planet in Peril" to Democrats in Peril: The Politics of Climate Change

Monday, July 26, 2010

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Now that carbon caps or any other direct curbs on greenhouse gases appear dead in the Senate, at least for now, it seems like a good time to ask: How did one of President Barack Obama's key domestic initiatives fall apart?

The political press is rife with stories looking at the demise of a global warming policy as part of an energy bill slated to hit the Senate floor this week. But for the Senate the bottom line seems to be this: You just don't try to pass big, controversial, economy-changing legislation so close to an election. Not if you're serious about passing it, that is.

(There are dissenters to this view. On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show July 23, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner argued pretty strongly that Senator Reid was cowardly not to try-- and that a public debate might have helped Reid accrue a few more votes.)

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it plainly last week. He just didn't have the 60 votes needed to pass an energy bill that included a cap-and-trade system for limiting carbon emissions. That stayed true even when Democrats tried to take the edge off by narrowing the plan to apply to utilities alone, an idea many of the utilities themselves supported. Why not?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anthony Weiner on Financial Reform and Energy Bill

Friday, July 23, 2010

The House passed an energy bill last year, and yesterday the Senate abandoned their version. U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (Democrat, District 9) weighs in on this and other Congressional news.

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Transportation Nation

Senate Energy Reform Gets Even Smaller

Thursday, July 22, 2010

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The slimmed-down energy bill we've been forecasting for the Senate floor next week will be even slimmer than expected.

The Hill newspaper is quoting Senate Democratic aides who say that the energy bill will leave off any attempt set a price for carbon. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will go with an even narrower package, regulating BP and other oil drillers as well as promoting green energy production and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Supporters of a cap-and-trade approach to regulating greenhouse gases had floated the idea of applying the scheme to utilities alone in recent weeks. That approach might have been politically more palatable to a Senate that is wary of slowing down the economy with new energy mandates. Now it seems even the less ambitious carbon policy is off the table until next year.

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Transportation Nation

Politico: Dems Agree to Scaled-Back Energy and Climate Bill

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Politico is reporting that Democrats have agreed "to scale back their ambitious plans to cap greenhouse gases across multiple sectors of the economy," but says President Obama is holding firm on setting a "price for greenhouse gases."   In a Q&A with reporters,  Senator John Kerry (D-Mass)  didn't specify whether  setting caps in the transportation sector would remain part of the bill.   More soon.    (And don't forget to read Todd Zwillich's full post on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering.)

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