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October 8, 2013

Zichal to leave administration post

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-08 06:52:47

A key architect of President Obama’s sweeping plan to combat climate change is leaving her post at the White House, the administration confirmed today. Heather Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, will be leaving in the next few weeks. The White House has not announced a replacement, and Zichal has not said what her next move will be. [ read more … ]

Binz blames ‘right-wing’ groups, coal industry for sinking his FERC bid

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-08 06:53:07

Ron Binz blasted the coal industry and “right-wing advocacy organizations” this weekend for killing his nomination to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying the fight was actually about climate change and the role of the federal government. Speaking yesterday on “Platts Energy Week,” Binz blamed the coal industry, utilities that use coal and 12 groups with ties to the Koch brothers for persuading a majority of members on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to kill his nomination. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Showcased At College Football Game In Iowa

by NAW Staff Monday October 07 2013, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2013-10-08 06:53:24

On Oct. 2, MidAmerican Energy Co. supplied renewable energy credits (RECs) from one of its wind farms to a football game between Iowa State University and the University of Texas. Cyclone Sports Properties, Iowa State’s athletic multimedia rights holder, used RECs from MidAmerican’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa, to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy consumption of a typical game at the Jack Trice Stadium, located in Ames, Iowa [ read more … ]

Former FERC Commissioner Spitzer discusses infrastructure, supply challenges facing energy reform

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-10-08 06:53:43

What are the infrastructure and supply challenges facing Mexico as lawmakers debate oil sector reforms and the introduction of more natural gas into the country’s energy mix? During today’s OnPoint, Marc Spitzer, a former commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and now a partner at Steptoe & Johnson, explains how Mexico’s proposed energy reforms could economically benefit both Mexico and the United States. He discusses the impact a major reform could have on global energy markets and reacts to the withdrawal of Ron Binz as the nominee for FERC chairman. [ read more … ]

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