In this issue: Congress down but not out on climate debate next session; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Five renewable energy issues at stake in the midterm elections; Solar now fastest growing energy industry; Solar jobs to rise 26% in coming year; More time given to California for stimulus funds; Energy Commission awards more than $1.2M for research; Purple wind turbines may be solution to deter insects, birds; Utility to test power storage unit with California wind farms; DOE promotes pumped hydro as option for renewable power storage; Tidal power advances predicted; 15 algae fuel start-ups profiled; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - Power-One to ship first U.S.-made solar inverters; BioSolar launches white renewable backsheet for solar modules; SCE building solar PV array in San Joaquin Valley; and Perpetual Energy Systems completes 1.1 MW solar project at Caltech.
Congress down but not out on climate debate next session
Congress will not sit out the climate change debate next year. With Congress almost certain not to enact climate legislation this year, environmentalists and industry have shifted their attention to the courts and U.S. EPA as it prepares to implement a rule next year to limit greenhouse gas emissions on stationary sources under the Clean Air Act. Opponents of EPA climate regulation will look to pre-empt any action by the courts or the agency through the legislative process, especially if the Republicans take the majority in the House after the November election. Annual spending bills will be prime targets for lawmakers looking to slash at EPA's authority. Lawmakers still hope to pass some sort of climate and energy bill next session, although perhaps a slimmer version or in a piecemeal fashion.
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