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January 31, 2014

White House taps enforcement guru to lead agency

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-31 06:58:42

President Obama last night nominated Norman Bay, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, to serve as the agency’s next chairman. Bay, a former U.S. attorney from New Mexico with a lengthy career overseeing high-profile legal cases, has overseen stepped-up FERC investigations into Wall Street giants including Deutsche Bank, Barclays and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which last year was fined a record $410 million for gaming the energy markets. [ read more … ]

Installations plummet but construction starts soar as policy uncertainty persists — AWEA

Nick Juliano and Katherine Ling, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-01-31 06:59:02

Looking forward, the industry hopes to persuade Congress to reinstate the PTC sometime this year, likely along with a package of “tax extenders” that would replace dozens of other expired, temporary tax credits. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who is expected to soon become chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has said he would like to move quickly on such a package, but House Republicans have shown little such enthusiasm. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said that while the path forward and legislative vehicle for extending the tax credits was not concrete yet, he and other leaders of renewable groups plan to meet with Wyden in the next week or so and ideally would like the PTC extended by midyear if not sooner. [ read more … ]

Wind energy construction mired in doubt over credit

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted 2014-01-31 06:59:23

Wind energy construction in the United States is at an all-time high, but the industry warned Thursday that the start of new projects this year is uncertain as Congress considers whether to extend a two-decade-old tax credit that has expired. The American Wind Industry Association said more than 12,000 megawatts of wind power generation, a record, was under construction at the end of 2013, including 1,050 megawatts in Iowa. In the Hawkeye State, 16 projects are under construction. Most are small projects, with the exception of four by Mid­American Energy Co., which announced last May it would boost wind generation, consisting of up to 656 new turbines, by the end of 2015. Iowa generates 25 percent of its electricity by wind power, the highest percentage in the United States. [ read more … ]

Business groups launch coalition to fight EPA regs

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-31 06:59:40

Business groups representing manufacturing, mining, agriculture and utility interests today launched a multimillion-dollar coalition to fight U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations and advocate for regulatory reforms. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future comprises 78 stakeholders concerned about the economic impact of President Obama’s climate plan, which they say will ripple out to touch all sectors of industry. The rules limiting carbon emissions from new and existing power plants are just the start, they warned. [ read more … ]

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