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California GOP Drafts Legislation Easing Air Quality Restrictions To Boost Power Supplies

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The California Republican Caucus is working on a legislative package to boost electricity supply in the state, including at least two bills to relax air quality-related operational limits for several types of power generators, according to sources. But the effort has already sparked concerns by environmentalists about a variety of regulatory and permit relief actions being considered by the GOP lawmakers.

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Industry Lauds GOP Effort To Rekindle Nuclear Power

Nuclear industry officials are encouraged by provisions included in a draft Senate energy bill that could make it easier to build and maintain nuclear power plants in the U.S., sources say. The bill also would allow states to meet air quality requirements through the development of "emission-free electricity sources" such as nuclear plants.

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Agribusinesses Join Fight To Ease Air Quality Rules To Address Power Crisis

The agricultural industry in California is joining a growing group of business interests seeking actions by lawmakers to relieve the impact of the state's power crisis, including relaxed air quality standards and millions of dollars in grants and tax breaks to spur development of biomass-to-energy facilities. Legislative staff and industry leaders this week laid out dozens of recommendations to the Senate Agriculture & Water Resources Committee on conserving energy and boosting power supplies.

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Report Argues Benefits Of Building Large Coal, Nuclear Power Plants

A new report from the Utility Data Institute (UDI) that says nuclear power production costs are cheaper than coal is being touted by advocates as support for a growing interest in building large base-load power plants to ensure against capacity shortages in the age of deregulation.

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Bush Would Ease Environmental Controls To Boost Power Generation

President-elect Bush is calling for a rolling back of environmental standards to address the power crisis in California, which some say may present the incoming administration with its first major policy test. "To the extent that we can help California maximize power production at its plants, we need to do so. If there's any environmental regulations, for example, that's preventing California from having 100 percent max output at their plants, like I understand there may be, then we need to relax those regulations," Bush told CNN on the opening night of his inaugural ceremonies.

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GOP Senator Suggests Redefining EPA Mission To Address Energy Crisis

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A leading Senate Republican is suggesting legislation that would redefine EPA's mission to include energy security considerations. The suggestion is being made as part of a broader proposal by the senator to President-elect Bush to act swiftly in resolving the nation's energy crisis.

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Murkowski Energy Bill To Push Recycling Nuclear Waste

The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is drafting legislation that will establish a federal office to study the possibility of recycling spent radioactive wastes from nuclear-powered utilities in an effort to address the country's mounting nuclear waste disposal problems, according to a Senate source. The proposal is part of a broader bill intended to resolve the nation's energy shortages, which is expected to be offered by Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) in the next few weeks with the support of GOP Senate leader Trent Lott (R-MS).

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Power Crisis Poses Tough Environmental Choices For Senate GOP Energy Chief

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Power shortages gripping California and other parts of the country are prompting some tough environmental choices for a key Republican lawmaker as he attempts to deliver on President-elect Bush's promise to boost energy supplies.

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Utilities Draft Industry-Wide Response To California Power Crisis

The electric utility industry has drafted a five-point national plan for addressing the power crisis in California that the industry says "poses a number of broad-based threats" to power generation. The plan calls for an increase in energy conservation efforts and investments in siting new power transmission facilities throughout most of the country.

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