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January 20, 2014

Neb. lawsuit seen as first of many challenges to EPA power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-18 06:50:58

Opponents of U.S. EPA’s carbon regulations are praising Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning for the lawsuit he filed this week to stop the agency’s new power plants proposal. The Republican filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and alleges that EPA’s proposal violates the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which bars the agency from requiring the use of pollution-control technology based on its being demonstrated by government-backed projects. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Of No Use In The Pacific Northwest

James Conca, Contributor, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2014-01-20 06:45:31

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) administers most of the electricity generation in the Pacific Northwest region, defined as Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana west of the Continental Divide. Hydroelectric produces two-thirds of our electricity. Because of this, the Pacific Northwest is the lowest carbon-emitting region in America. Over the last few years, wind has expanded dramatically, up to about 7% of production. Nuclear, gas and coal together produce the other 30%. [ read more … ]

AWEA’s top lobbyist to step down

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-20 06:45:47

The wind industry’s top lobbying group is losing one of its leading advocates at the beginning of a year expected to see an invigorated campaign to reinstate a key tax break.
Chris Chwastyk is resigning as vice president for federal legislative affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, where he has been a registered lobbyist since 2009. Chwastyk has led a team in charge of AWEA’s direct lobbying of lawmakers and congressional aides as well as overseeing its grass-roots and political action committee activity. [ read more … ]

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