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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 17, 2013

Obama’s pick to lead agency vows to shelve his firm, sell investments

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-17 12:35:13

The president’s nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has vowed to shelve his consulting firm and shed investments in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, a critical step in the wake of past ethics controversies. Ron Binz, a pro-renewables champion and former Colorado utility regulator, pledged in a June 17 letter to stop consulting at a firm he has operated since 1995 and to sell up to $50,000 in shares of Berkshire Hathaway. [ read more … ]

South Dakota: Company wants to build wind farm in Lincoln County

Written by Nick Lowrey, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2013-07-17 12:35:33

The Lincoln and Minnehaha County economic development associations on Tuesday formally announced preliminary action on a new community wind power project in Lincoln County. Dakota Power Community Wind, a group of Lincoln County landowners and community leaders formed in 2012 to look at developing a wind farm, has been working with Aberdeen-based wind farm developer Dakota Plains Energy to lay the ground work for the potential project. The hope, according to some of the group’s board members, is to help develop the county’s economy. [ read more … ]

Bonneville Power chief removed after probe shows illegal hiring practices

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-17 12:35:57

The Department of Energy has removed the top executive of the Bonneville Power Administration after an audit uncovered illegal hiring practices at the federal nonprofit agency. In an email to employees yesterday, DOE said Elliot Mainzer, deputy administrator, would step in as acting chief, replacing Bill Drummond. [ read more … ]

Moniz urges study of link between grid reliability, fuel availability

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-17 12:36:16

The National Petroleum Council should study how power outages caused by major weather events such as last year’s Superstorm Sandy affect the availability of transportation fuel, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said today. Speaking at an NPC meeting in Washington, Moniz said the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change would feature a heavy focus on how to adapt to the effects of rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather, including examining how to ensure the resiliency of energy infrastructure. And he said the federally chartered advisory committee to the Department of Energy should play a central role in those efforts. [ read more … ]

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