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June 17, 2013

Court backs FERC in decades-long dispute

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-17 11:49:14

A federal appeals court today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s handling of a legal dispute involving transmission agreements inked in the 1970s in New York and New Jersey. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that FERC was correct to approve a settlement in 2010 between grid operators in the Midwest and utilities on the East Coast that ended years of litigation over changes to transmission agreements as they entered into an open access regime the agency created. [ read more … ]

Coal Industry Pins Hopes on Exports as U.S. Market Shrinks

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-06-17 11:49:31

Every few hours trains packed with coal pass through the sagebrush-covered landscape here in southern Montana, some on their way north to Canadian ports for shipment to Japan and South Korea. If the mining company Cloud Peak Energy has its way, many more trains will cross the prairie to far larger proposed export terminals in Washington State. It’s part of a push by the nation’s coal industry, hobbled by plummeting demand as Americans turn to cleaner natural gas, to vastly expand what it sends to Asia and Europe. But the aggressive effort to rescue the $40 billion industry is running into fierce opposition from environmental groups, who say pollution caused by burning coal should not be exported.
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California man gets 2 years in prison in wind scam

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-06-17 11:49:45

A federal judge has sentenced a California man to two years in prison for his role in defrauding investors by promoting non-existent wind farm projects in Wyoming and South Dakota. [ read more … ]

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