Energy and Environment Update - April 10, 2011

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In This Issue:

Energy and Climate Debate:

Facing the threat of a government shutdown, after an intense week of budget negotiations, Congress passed a short term spending measure late last Friday night to keep the government running through this Thursday. The measure averts the shutdown while giving Congress time to pass the six-month budget compromise to which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and President Obama agreed just hours prior.

The proposed six-month agreement would reduce domestic and foreign aid by more than $40 billion from the fiscal year 2010 budget, and both chambers are expected to pass the measure before adjourning at the end of the week for a two-week spring recess...

Congress:

62 MPG Standard Requested; E85 Mandates Draw Concern; Senate Ag Subcommittees Assigned; Legislation Introduced; and Upcoming Hearings.

Department of Agriculture:

REAP to Promote Biofuel Use.

Department of Energy:

EECBG Difficulties Continue; $112 Million for PV Projects; and US-Qatar MOU Signed.

Department of Interior:

Renewable Generation Permits to More than Double and Energy Security Sessions.

Environmental Protection Agency:

Light Fixture Standards to Increase.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

FERC to Move Forward.

Miscellaneous:

Smart Grids to Reduce Emissions; German Nuclear Company Challenges Moratorium; CO RES Challenged; EU Steelworkers to Challenge Allowance Allocations; NCA Initiates Mitigation, Adaptation Report; Japanese GHG Targets May be Abandoned; CA Adds GHGs to Landfill Rule; World Bank Energy Report Released; Indian Wind Energy Developing; GE to Build Solar Factory; Valuation Guide Launched; U.N. Talks Produce 2011 Agenda; and EU Broaches CA Linkage.

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