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September 21, 2013

White House ‘absolutely’ backs Binz despite confirmation hurdles

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:38:33

The Obama administration is “absolutely” standing by its nomination of Ron Binz to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite bipartisan opposition on a key Senate committee currently vetting the nominee, a White House spokesman said today. [ read more … ]

Administration to Press Ahead With Carbon Limits

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, NewYork Times  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:39:05

The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and that it would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies. The proposed regulations, announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural address this year. The regulations are certain to be denounced by House Republicans and the industry as part of what they call the president’s “war on coal.” [ read more … ]

EPA’s new carbon rule sparks battle over CCS, with legal challenges likely

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:39:31

U.S. EPA’s just-released proposal that for the first time would require all future coal-fired power plants to capture and store a share of their carbon dioxide emissions has set off an immediate war of words between industry groups, which oppose it, and environmentalists and their political allies, who embrace it. [ read more … ]

Senate GOP uses new EPA rule to attack Dems in 7 competitive races

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:39:56

The campaign arm for Senate Republicans wasted no time today criticizing Democratic lawmakers and candidates in seven states over U.S. EPA’s new proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new coal plants
In a news release targeting Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), the National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote that the proposed rules would “cripple the coal industry.” The releases also aim to tie GOP targets like Hagan, who won her first term by defeating then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) in 2008, to President Obama’s administration. [ read more … ]

Wind power generation surges in Texas

By JAMES OSBORNE Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:40:15

After a lackluster 2012, wind power in Texas is on the rebound. Through the first eight months of the year the amount of power generated by wind farms within Texas’ electrical grid surpassed 23 million megawatts. That’s up almost 20 percent from last year and is the largest increase since 2010, according to data released last week by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. [ read more … ]

Vestas lands big order for wind farms

Cathy Proctor, Reporter-Denver Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-09-21 09:40:35

Two Colorado companies are teaming up to build more wind farms across the United States. Danish Vestas Wind Systems, with four manufacturing plants along Colorado’s Front Range, said Friday it’s reached an agreement to supply up to 610 megawatts worth of wind turbines to Broomfield’s Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. — better known as RES Americas. Vestas also announced Friday it had received the first order from the RES supply agreement, for 60 megawatts worth of wind turbines. The agreement calls for Vestas to supply its V100-2.0 MW turbine for all of RES’s wind farm projects, up to 610 megawatts. Those projects are expected to happen in 2014 and 2015. [ read more … ]

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