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February 12, 2014

Nominee’s lack of policy experience seen as asset after Binz collapse

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:01:00

President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Norman Bay, offers the administration what many FERC watchers say it needed after the failed nomination last year of former Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz. A clean slate. [ read more … ]

Landrieu ponders staff changes, outreach as she girds to take gavel

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:01:17

As she prepares to take the helm of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) yesterday said she plans to keep the panel’s existing senior staff for “a time” but is also merging her own aides into the mix. Landrieu also appealed to state regulators yesterday to help her smoothly transition into her role as chairwoman in remarks at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting. [ read more … ]

New wind turbine maps could reduce impacts to radar, birds, landscapes

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:01:42

The Interior Department today released an online mapping tool and data pinpointing the locations of more than 47,000 onshore wind power turbines, a two-year effort Interior officials say will help ensure that commercial-scale wind development has as few landscape-level impacts as possible. The interactive map represents the first time the locations of every onshore wind turbine installed since last July have been collected and mapped on one website. And federal officials said today it should help researchers better gauge the impacts of wind development on everything from air traffic radars to fatal bird collisions with turbine blades. [ read more … ]

FERC lifts price cap for grid operators in Midwest, Mid-Atlantic

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:01:59

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved a request from grid operators in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic to temporarily let their generators exceed a long-standing $1,000-per-megawatt-hour price limit for electricity sold into the market. FERC granted the waiver for PJM Interconnection, which oversees the grid in 13 states and the District of Columbia, through the end of March. [ read more … ]

R.I. developer announces agreements with French turbine maker for first East Coast project

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:02:19

What could be America’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm will use turbines designed in France, with 15 turbine blades set for delivery as soon as this April, industry executives announced yesterday. Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind said it had agreed to purchase five 6-megawatt offshore wind turbines from French manufacturer Alstom in December, qualifying it for the federal investment tax credit that expired at the end of 2013. [ read more … ]

Wyo. wind farm could undercut delivery prices in Calif.

  •  Los Angeles Times  •  Posted 2014-02-12 07:02:37

Former oil and gas tycoon Bill Miller has been tasked with building a colossal wind farm in Rawlins, Wyo. It will be located on a cattle ranch owned by Anschutz Corp., the co-owner of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Once complete, this will be the largest wind generation facility in the country and, possibly, the world. [ read more … ]

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