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March 5, 2013

Moniz nomination has turned up no big-time Senate critics — yet

Nick Juliano and John McArdle, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-03-05 12:59:56

It looks like smooth sailing ahead for Ernest Moniz. President Obama’s pick to lead the Department of Energy has attracted some grumbling from environmentalists over his previous support for natural gas, nuclear energy and clean coal — but nothing that rises to a level that could derail his confirmation. Senate Republicans say they are withholding judgment until after his confirmation hearings, but GOP aides and lobbyists say there are no immediate red flags that would result in his nomination being held up or filibustered [ read more … ]

Cabinet Picks Could Take On Climate Policy

By JOHN M. BRODER and MATTHEW L. WALD  •    •  Posted 2013-03-05 13:00:17

President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly. Mr. Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking native of Boston and an experienced clean air regulator, to take charge at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest J. Moniz, a physicist and strong advocate of natural gas and nuclear power as cleaner alternatives to coal, to run the Department of Energy. [ read more … ]

Agency official defends loan program, says no decision has been made on Cape Wind funding

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-05 13:00:39

The head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program last week defended the funding practice after House Republicans expressed concern that the agency is preparing to start issuing new loans. DOE Loan Program Office acting Executive Director David Frantz said in a letter to top Republicans on the House Space, Science and Technology Committee on Thursday that the Loan Program Office plays an important role in accelerating the United States’ transition to clean energy technologies. But Frantz also seemed to indicate that the office has a way to go before any decision is made on a potential loan for the Cape Wind project off Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Industry officials worry federal rules could hurt development

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-03-05 13:00:55

Wind industry officials are concerned that a federal program designed to boost offshore wind construction will stymie growth. Speaking at a panel during the annual Offshore Wind Power USA conference last week in Boston, developers discussed how the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s new rules on offshore wind contracts could hurt their businesses. The federal agency is slated to hold its first wind energy auction for two sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and one site in Virginia. [ read more … ]

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