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September 6, 2013

Va.’s largest utility leases offshore wind property to diversify its portfolio

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-06 11:45:06

The auction garnered praise from environmental groups and industry leaders. Oceana’s vice president for U.S. oceans, Jacqueline Savitz, said in a statement that the auction was “further proof that the Obama administration is committed to building a strong offshore wind industry in the United States.” Chris Long, offshore wind and siting policy manager for the American Wind Energy Association, called it “an important milestone in efforts to launch the offshore wind industry in the United States.” [ read more … ]

Coal-fired power, hit hard by natural gas, could see further market erosion from regulations — report

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-06 11:45:34

s the largest power grid in North America, the Eastern Interconnection encompasses 39 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia. Some 84 percent of all U.S. coal-fired capacity falls within its jurisdiction. Given the Eastern Interconnection’s lion-sized role in hosting the flow of coal-fired electrons in the United States, the findings of a recent report by the consultancy ICF International are unlikely to bring much comfort to the nation’s faltering coal industry. The report, commissioned by the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), finds few challenges to natural gas’s current price advantage within current market or regulatory conditions. [ read more … ]

Bonneville Power Administration’s hiring and promotion practices get stinging critique by Department of Energy audit

Print By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2013-09-06 11:45:59

The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday released a stinging critique of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration. The overall conclusion of a triennial audit of the Portland based power marketing agency was that its hiring and promotion activities are “NOT EFFECTIVE.” The audit revealed “pervasive misapplications” of and “system departures” from federal hiring guidelines and laws.
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