Wednesday, April 20, 2016

USA: Energy Bill that Boosts Geothermal Approved by Senate

Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources (The Seattle Times)

The U.S. Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill l - S. 2012 - The Energy Policy Modernization Act (EPMA) - Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.

Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade.

The bill would boost renewables such as solar and wind power, as well as natural gas, hydropower and geothermal energy. It also would encourage so-called clean coal technology, including projects to capture carbon dioxide generated by coal-fired power plants.

Murkowski and Cantwell said they were confident that Senate and House negotiators would agree on a compromise bill this year.

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