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February 8, 2013

Team ‘captain’ Obama lays out battle plan for House Dems

Eugene Mulero, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-08 13:08:43

Previewing his upcoming State of the Union address, President Obama yesterday urged House Democrats to support energy-efficient programs during the 113th Congress. peaking at the Democrats’ policy retreat less than an hour outside of Washington, D.C., Obama reaffirmed a commitment to pursue an energy agenda during his second term consisting of less drilling for oil while developing more fuel-efficient factories and modes of transportation.
“I’m going to make sure that we’re focused on job creation here in America, and that means that we have an energy agenda that can make us less dependent on foreign oil,” Obama said. Such an “energy strategy,” as he put it, “would maintain our leadership well into the future.” [ read more … ]

Utility regulators balk at recommendation that Congress have more say over power lines

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-08 13:09:10

A bipartisan report out today calling on Congress to allow federal regulators to approve certain high-voltage power lines even if states oppose them has drawn the ire of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. At issue is a report the Bipartisan Policy Center released today, which calls on Congress to enact new, targeted backstop siting authority for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve multistate high-voltage power lines when states fail to do so after a certain amount of time. [ read more … ]

Supporters eager for action on new financing mechanisms

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-08 13:09:29

A number of renewable energy executives, financiers and advocates are calling for Congress and the Obama administration to open new avenues for investment in renewable energy projects amid continued uncertainty around long-term federal support for the sector. Master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs) were among the hottest topics yesterday at a daylong conference hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy focused on policies that could aid wind, solar, alternative fuels and other renewable industries. [ read more … ]

Wind projects dominated new power production last year — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-08 13:09:48

Electric utilities and independent power producers completed 430 new power plants accounting for 29,335 megawatts of new generation projects in 2012, a whopping 43 percent increase over the previous year, according to figures released yesterday by SNL Financial. Six of the 10 largest projects were natural gas- and coal-fired generators in the Southeast and Midwest, while wind power accounted for the lion’s share of new generation nationally, with 12,953 MW of added capacity, or 44 percent of the total. [ read more … ]

Exelon chief: Wind-power subsidies could threaten nuclear plants

By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-08 13:10:04

Exelon Corp. Chief Executive Christopher Crane said Thursday that the rapid pace of subsidized wind-generated electric power could ultimately force it to shutter nuclear plants. “What worries me is if we continue to build an excessive amount of wind and subsidize wind, the unintended consequence could be that it leads to shutting down plants,” Crane said in an interview. Crane said states that have helped to subsidize wind development in order to create jobs might find themselves losing jobs if nuclear plants shut down. [ read more … ]

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