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1. CLIMATE

Waxman predicts committee passage as details emerge on cap-and-trade, energy bill

House Democrats have reached agreement on several key pieces of a major climate change and energy bill, including a national renewable electricity standard, greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020 and the distribution of valuable emissions credits to electric utilities and trade-sensitive industries, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee said yesterday.

2. RENEWABLE ENERGY

House Dems settle on 15 percent target

House Democrats negotiating a major energy and climate bill have reached a tentative agreement to include a scaled-back renewable power target of 15 percent by 2020, senior lawmakers said yesterday. The agreement -- if it holds -- represents a breakthrough after weeks of wrangling over a plan that requires utilities to supply escalating amounts of power from sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

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