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February 13, 2014

EPA officials face off with utility regulators on warming rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-13 06:58:06

Two senior U.S. EPA officials yesterday sought to allay regulators’ fears about the effect the agency’s upcoming existing power plant rule for carbon dioxide could have on electric reliability and supply. Acting EPA air chief Janet McCabe and senior counsel for air and radiation Joe Goffman, the lead architects of the rule due out by June 1, avoided offering specifics about the approach the agency would take while discussing it during the winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. But they emphasized EPA continues to solicit input from stakeholders on how best to craft it and that dialogue with state officials would continue even after the guidance is proposed. [ read more … ]

Shake-ups add to climate, energy lineup

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-13 06:58:29

There’s a new energy and climate team in the White House. Dan Utech, President Obama’s chief energy and climate adviser, announced this week that he’ll have two new deputies as his office plows ahead with the administration’s Climate Action Plan. [ read more … ]

Ex-Commissioner Spitzer discusses future of Obama pick to lead agency

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-13 06:58:53

The Obama administration’s nomination of Norman Bay to become chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is ushering in a new round of analysis of the commission and its future. Is Bay the safe choice or the best choice to lead the agency? During today’s OnPoint, Marc Spitzer, a former FERC commissioner and now a partner at Steptoe & Johnson, discusses the prospects for Bay’s confirmation and the future role of acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur on the commission. [ read more … ]

Five years later, Missouri still grappling with renewable law

by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2014-02-13 06:59:09

More than five years after Missouri residents approved a renewable-energy standard, very little has changed about the state’s power supply. The 2008 law, known as Proposition C, requires the state’s three large investor-owned utilities to gradually phase in renewable power, starting with 2 percent of the electricity sold in 2011 to 2013, and gradually ramping up that proportion to 15 percent by 2021. The law also requires that 2 percent of that total be derived from solar. [ read more … ]

Nebraska’s wind energy future

KNOP-TV, North Platte, Nebraska  •    •  Posted 2014-02-13 06:59:28

“We all know that living in Nebraska that yes the wind blows, but it blows at varying speeds and there are times when it doesn’t blow and we all know that the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours,” said Pope. “So, when those resources aren’t available, or are available but varying a lot, we have to have other equipment that is still there functioning providing the backup.” [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.