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November 22, 2013

Wellinghoff announces departure; LaFleur to step up as acting chairwoman

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-22 06:56:30

Jon Wellinghoff, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s longest-serving chairman, announced today that he is officially stepping down Sunday and that Democratic FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will step in to temporarily lead the commission. Wellinghoff, a driving force behind the Obama administration’s efforts to green the electric grid, said today that he informed President Obama he will be exiting the commission Sunday. Wellinghoff announced the White House is naming LaFleur acting chairwoman of the commission. Wellinghoff, a former Nevada consumer advocate and father of four, is heading to California to work for the Portland, Ore.-based law firm Stoel Rives LLP, widely recognized for its energy law practice. [ read more … ]

Iowa View: Iowa’s energy solutions are blowing in the wind

Written by HAROLD D. PRIOR, Iowa Wind Energy Association, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-11-22 06:56:48

At first glance, Iowa seems like a strange place for a national energy capital. Our state does not have an abundance of coal, oil or natural gas. From the air, Iowa looks like farmers’ territory, reflected in its patchwork of corn and soybean fields. Zooming in, however, reveals another important piece of the Hawkeye State’s vibrant and diverse economy — 3,198 wind turbines dot the Iowa landscape. Iowa is a national leader in the production of energy from wind and ranks third for installed wind capacity, at 5,133 megawatts, or nearly 25 percent of Iowa’s electricity generated in 2012. [ read more … ]

Saudi Arabia threatens to upend talks if not paid for lost oil revenue — sources

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-22 06:57:07

Saudi Arabia today threatened to block negotiations toward a 2015 climate change treaty unless the world compensates it for oil production losses stemming from reduced petroleum use, according to two sources who were in the closed-door session. Saudi Arabia, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, earned more than $336 billion in petroleum exports last year. Negotiators didn’t name a specific dollar amount, but Saudi Arabia has previously estimated it will lose $19 billion annually as nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and move to cleaner energy sources. [ read more … ]

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