Energy and Environment Update - November 14, 2010

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In This Issue:

Energy and Climate Debate: With Congress set to return for the lame duck session this week and winners of the midterm elections and the Obama Administration preparing their agendas for the 112th Congress, there are a number of opportunities for clean energy to move forward in the coming weeks and months....

Congress: Senate Lame Duck Agenda Uncertain; Senators Urge Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax (VEETC) Extension; and Upcoming Hearings.

Administration: Recovery Through Retrofit Announced and U.S. and India Cooperation Announced.

Department of Commerce: Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Expands Green Pilot Program.

Department of Energy: Home Energy Score Program Launched; Workforce Guidelines Released; Advanced Biofuels Webinar Forthcoming; Clean Energy Advisory Committee Announced; and, Efficiency Improvement Report Released.

Department of Housing and Urban Development: PowerSaver Announced.

Department of Interior: Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Wind Energy Request for Interest Published.

Department of Treasury: Expanded Credits for Energy Savings.

Environmental Protection Agency: Cement Lawsuits Filed; Local GHG Guidance Issued; White Papers Released; Oil and Gas Reporting Rules Released; Home Energy Upgrade Comments Requested; Clean Air Act (CAA) Enforcement Effort Collaboration Underway; and, Biomass Guidance to Be Issued.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Rising Temperatures to Increase Wildfires.

Miscellaneous: International Energy Agency (IEA) Issues World Energy Outlook; Emissions Down in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) States; International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Revisions Approved; New York Unveils Climate Action Plan; European Commission (EC) Outlines Energy Plan; Electrification Roadmap Forthcoming; Hawaii Issues Technology Tax Guidance...

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