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May 20, 2014

Criticism of FERC heats up ahead of Senate confirmation hearing

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-20 06:37:11

A hedge fund that decided to publicly fume over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s investigation of its operations got louder yesterday ahead of the high-stakes Senate confirmation hearing for Norman Bay, whom President Obama tapped to lead the agency. Speaking at a Cato Institute event in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Kevin Gates, vice president of the Powhatan Energy Fund LLC, reiterated his company’s innocence despite an ongoing FERC investigation for allegedly gaming the energy markets. [ read more … ]

In California, Climate Issues Moved to Fore by Governor

By JENNIFER MEDINA, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-05-20 06:36:31

Mr. Brown is at the forefront of governors across the country who are grappling with ways to deal with climate change through legislation and infrastructure changes, rather than waiting for coordinated efforts from the federal government. Governors from states including Maryland, New York and Washington are pushing for ways to combat what they say are dangerous threats to their state’s economic and environmental future, citing worries of rising sea levels, drought and snowmelt. Eight states so far have passed legislation calling for the reduction of carbon emissions in the coming decades, though none with plans as ambitious as California’s. Nine Northeastern states along with California have adopted cap-and-trade policies for the largest greenhouse-gas-emitting industries. [ read more … ]

If Ohio eases green-energy rules, will it spark national trend?

By Dan Gearino, Columbus Post Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2014-05-20 06:36:51

Ohio is on the cusp of becoming the first state to significantly ease its renewable-energy standards, a milestone that would be noticed in statehouses across the country where similar debates are being waged. Proposals have gained traction in Kansas and several other states and have at least been introduced in a dozen or so others. But none has had as much success as Ohio’s Senate Bill 310, which haspassed the Senate and appears poised to pass the House as soon as this week. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar rise as Texas renewable output increases — grid operator

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-20 06:37:30

“Wind has been doing great and has been a huge success story for Texas, and solar is the new huge success story that’s underway in Texas,” said Karen Hadden of the Texas-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition. “We’re going to see more and more of it, and the two work together beautifully.” [ read more … ]

Pundits weigh risks, benefits of Obama himself rolling out power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-20 06:37:46

President Obama himself plans to roll out his administration’s proposal next month for curbing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today. The EPA chief confirmed in a Google+ hangout on the president’s climate agenda that Obama “indicated his intent” to announce the proposal himself — something that she said showed his commitment to it. Greens say some direct involvement from the president would guarantee the proposal gets the attention it needs to win public support and counter opposition messaging by industry groups that the rules will drive up energy costs and damage grid reliability. [ read more … ]

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