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February 3, 2014

Agency says Obama nominee would avoid potential conflicts if confirmed

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:40:45

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today said Norman Bay, the agency’s enforcement director, will avoid any potential conflicts if confirmed by the Senate as the commission’s new chairman. “Norman will abide by the advice and counsel of the designated agency Ethics Officer on issues concerning the possibility that he might need to recuse himself,” FERC spokesman Craig Cano said in an email. The issue of recusal has surfaced because Bay is at the helm of a number of ongoing investigations that will be either approved or rejected by the commission, sources said. [ read more … ]

Kansas to see growth in wind energy

By Dan Voorhis, The Wichita Eagle  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:41:08

The wind energy industry in Kansas will see strong growth this year, according to the American Wind Energy Association. About 700 megawatts of new wind farms are now under construction in Kansas, with more likely to be added this year, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2013 Market Report. [ read more … ]

Power line opponents surge against wind energy transmission project

BY DONALD BRADLEY AND STEVE EVERLY, The Kansas City Star  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:41:30

“We think it’s a good thing to get low-cost wind power out of western Kansas,” said John Hickey, president of the Sierra Club’s Missouri chapter. Opponents say they are not against wind power. They just think Eastern states should produce their own. They point to a letter released in 2010 in which governors of 10 Eastern states said they opposed a national transmission corridor to bring wind energy from the Great Plains because they had plans to produce their own renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Survey: Kansans overwhelmingly back renewable energy

Bobby Burch, Reporter, Kansas City Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:41:53

Regardless of their political persuasion, Kansans vigorously support the use of renewable energy, a recent survey found. The survey’s findings come as the Kansas Legislature is mulling a bill that would repeal Kansas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard. [ read more … ]

N.C. joins push-back against EPA power plant rules

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:42:19

North Carolina Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla told U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter obtained by Greenwire that her agency’s authority to regulate existing power plant emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act is limited, if it exists at all. [ read more … ]

New poll shows strong support for governor but less for federal leaders

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:42:38

Californians approve of their governor and U.S. senators, but support for President Obama has slid and residents are deeply unhappy with Congress, a new poll shows. Golden State residents gave Gov. Jerry Brown (D) a record-high job approval rating in the survey from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). A total 58 percent of adults and 60 percent of likely voters favored the way the governor has handled his job. [ read more … ]

High hopes, hoopla as DOE digs in on quadrennial review

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-03 06:42:56

President Obama has made a sweeping, high-level assessment of the nation’s energy infrastructure a cornerstone of his climate plan. The launch earlier this month of his Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) was greeted enthusiastically by energy industry executives, regulators, lobbyists and policy wonks who see it as the Department of Energy’s version of the Quadrennial Defense Review, a legislatively mandated analysis of Department of Defense strategies and priorities. Can the DOE review live up to the hype? [ read more … ]

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