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May 2, 2014

Obama to renominate LaFleur to second term

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:45:21

President Obama announced his intention last night to renominate Democrat Cheryl LaFleur to another five years on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, pleasing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. LaFleur, once rumored to be a potential presidential pick to lead the agency, has been serving as acting chairwoman since former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff officially stepped down last year. Her term was slated to expire next month. [ read more … ]

Former EPA senior policy counsel Sussman discusses agency’s challenges to meeting existing source rule deadline

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:45:42

With recent budget and personnel changes at U.S. EPA, does the agency have adequate resources in place to meet President Obama’s aggressive Climate Action Plan deadlines? During today’s OnPoint, Robert Sussman, former senior policy counsel at EPA, discusses the future of the existing source standard and subsequent state planning. Sussman also explains how this week’s Supreme Court ruling on EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule could foreshadow the court’s future consideration of Clean Air Act cases.
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Shift away from fossil fuels will be wrenching, risky, ‘ugly’ and ultimately necessary — author

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:45:59

Shifting the global economy from its long dependence on fossil fuels will not follow a smooth trajectory where corporations, financial markets and other stakeholders systematically and logically adjust to new realities, regulations and economic pressures. Rather, it will be the kind of “chaotic, messy, ugly and effective” transformation that characterized almost all past market upheavals, author and climate activist Paul Gilding told several hundred climate-conscious investors gathered here this week. [ read more … ]

Berkshire’s energy unit to buy Canada’s AltaLink for $2.9 bln

Reuters  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:46:16

Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s energy unit said on Thursday it will buy AltaLink, Canada’s regulated electricity transmission company, from SNC-Lavalin Group Inc for about $2.9 billion in cash. AltaLink will operate as a separate company under Berkshire Hathaway Energy with its current name and will continue to be headquartered in Calgary, the two companies said in separate statements. [ read more … ]

White House set to approve multistate line over DOD objections — N.M. officials

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:46:35

New Mexico leaders say they’ve been told that the Obama administration is set to approve routing a contested power line project near an Army missile testing range, a move that they say will put the range’s mission at risk and weaken national security. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) issued a statement late yesterday saying his office has learned that the White House is set to announce that it will allow developers of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project to route a roughly 35-mile section of the New Mexico-to-Arizona line through restricted airspace just north of the White Sands Missile Range. [ read more … ]

Mars Partners With Sumitomo on 200-Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas

By Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:46:53

Mars Inc., the closely held maker of M&M’s candies and Uncle Ben’s rice, will partner withSumitomo Corporation of Americas on a 200-megawatt wind farm in Texas. Mars will receive all the renewable energy certificates from the 118-turbine wind farm to offset energy use at its entire U.S. operations, the McLean, Virginia-based company said in a statement. The “Mesquite Creek Wind” farm was developed by Sumitomo and BNB Renewable Energy Holdings and is scheduled to start running in the second quarter of 2015, the companies said in the statement yesterday. [ read more … ]

Democrats offer green bank bills

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-02 06:47:10

House Democrats are attempting to revive an approach to mobilizing private financing for clean energy projects by establishing a national green bank. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, led seven colleagues in introducing the bill, H.R. 4522. A similar idea was included in the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill that passed the House in 2009, but efforts to revive it have been largely dormant since then. [ read more … ]

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