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September 17, 2013

Renaissance man who’s ‘anything but shy’ faces fight for FERC gavel

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-17 06:49:42

Depending on whose spin you believe, President Obama’s nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is either a radical environmentalist hellbent on greening the electric grid no matter the cost or a level-headed energy regulator getting a bad rap. But friends of FERC nominee Ron Binz — whose confirmation hearing is today before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee — say the man is a lot more interesting than the caricature being drawn by either side. [ read more … ]

New power plant emission rules, the first big step of Obama’s climate plan, will emerge this week

Tiffany Stecker and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-09-17 06:50:13

U.S. EPA will unveil standards for new power plants this week, the first step in a three-year rollout of regulations to address the largest stationary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The new power plant proposal will give a sense of how carbon capture and storage (CCS) — the promising but controversial practice of removing carbon dioxide from smokestacks and storing it underground or using it for industrial purposes — will feature in a rule on existing plants. [ read more … ]

Turbine maker thinks big as companies crowd into rebounding wind power market

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-09-17 06:50:35

With blades as long as nine double-decker buses and a rotor sweeping an area bigger than the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the world’s most powerful wind turbine is being built by Vestas Wind Systems A/S as analysts predict a renaissance in the hard-hit industry. The Danish wind turbine manufacturer has produced and is now testing the 80-meter (262-foot) blade prototype at its research and development center on Britain’s Isle of Wight, while a 300-ton nacelle that will hold the gearbox, generator and other equipment for the turbine dubbed V164-8.0 MW is assembled at an old shipyard in Denmark.
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Energy Future Coalition’s Jimison discusses regulatory, economic challenges to transforming grid

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-09-17 06:50:54

How can regulators and utilities work together to make the United States’ often rigid electricity sector more flexible? During today’s OnPoint, John Jimison, managing director at the Energy Future Coalition and a former senior counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, discusses a new report, “America’s Power Plan,” that provides a blueprint for state and local lawmakers and business leaders to address the challenges facing the electric power system. [ read more … ]

North-central Nebraska transmission line could spark energy boom

By Daniel Wheaton /Omaha World-Herald News Service  •    •  Posted 2013-09-17 06:51:13

The Nebraska Public Power District’s plans for a new transmission line spanning 220 miles across north-central Nebraska is sparking excitement in the area. Known as the R-Project, it would create a 345,000-volt transmission line starting at the Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland, heading north and then turning due east to the Holt/Antelope county line. NPPD officials have said the $290 million project could open the door for expansion of renewable energy. [ read more … ]

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