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February 4, 2013

Obama’s climate team appears primed for action

By: Darren Goode, Politico  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:49:34

Who will help President Barack Obama meet his ambitious promises to tackle climate change? Eco-celebrities and tree-climbing protesters need not apply. This is a job for wonks. The president’s top climate appointees and the outside advisers best positioned to shape his agenda are a team replete with heavy hitters — including green-minded business leaders, buttoned-down environmental lobbyists and bureaucrats who have spent years wrestling with the minutiae of regulations. [ read more … ]

Wind industry has banner $25B year

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:49:57

The U.S. wind power sector recorded its strongest annual growth in 2012 despite strong political head winds in Washington, D.C., that threatened to end federal subsidies for the country’s largest renewable energy resource. The American Wind Energy Association reported Wednesday that developers installed more than 13,000 megawatts of generation capacity over the 12 months that ended in December, leveraging an estimated $25 billion in private-sector investment. Thirteen thousand megawatts is the equivalent of 13 large nuclear power plants. [ read more … ]

Potential Chu replacements have energy chops of their own

Nick Juliano and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:50:18

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is pitching a clean energy “Race to the Top” program that would spur states to compete for federal dollars to boost renewable energy and efficiency. Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) has teamed up with former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) on an eagerly anticipated Bipartisan Policy Center paper outlining an array of energy recommendations. Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is directing a think tank at Colorado State University. And former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) has valuable experience with nuclear waste management, which makes up a significant piece of the Department of Energy’s portfolio and earned her a shout-out in Chu’s resignation letter. [ read more … ]

Energy Secretary Is Resigning After 4 Years Focused on Clean Technologies

By Mathew Wald, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:50:41

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will step down soon, possibly by the end of the month, he said in a statement on Friday, ending a four-year tenure in which he concentrated on fostering research and development of clean energy technologies, and opponents pilloried him over stimulus loans that went bad.
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Wyden predicts success of small bills as report shows industry growth

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:51:03

The era of the comprehensive energy bill is over, at least for now, but Congress may still be able to pass smaller bills aimed at fully exploiting the benefits of natural gas, shoring up renewable energy and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said last night. “You’re going to see a big push, in the Senate in particular, to promote what I call a low-carbon economy,” Wyden said at a reception in Washington [ read more … ]

Private transmission ventures aim to send Wyo.’s wind power south

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:51:21

Carbon County, Wyo., might seem an unlikely site for the United States’ largest future renewable energy project. Since the county’s founding in the mid-1800s, its economy, like that of much of the rest of the state, has been based on the rich fossil fuel deposits that lie below Wyoming’s mountains and high plains. But coal and gas aren’t the only resources Carbon County enjoys in abundance. It’s also one of the windiest spots in the country. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy and natural gas drive coal and oil use downward — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-04 12:51:44

Technological advances in electricity generation, fuel switching, and rising consumer awareness about demand-side management and energy efficiency has led to a measurable drop in U.S. energy demand and carbon emissions since 2007, according to new research findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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