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June 13, 2014

Energy panel schedules votes on FERC nominees, KXL bill

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-13 06:45:33

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee announced plans today to hold votes Wednesday on the contentious nomination for chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a bill backing the Keystone XL pipeline. Negotiations between the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and committee members are continuing on the nomination of Norman Bay to lead FERC and acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur, whose term expires this month. [ read more … ]

FERC commissioners at odds over high-stakes court case

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-13 06:45:56

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s acting chairwoman’s announcement yesterday that the agency intends to fight a court ruling that vacated a key demand-response rule has drawn less-than-enthusiastic reactions from FERC’s two Republican commissioners. Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said FERC will ask a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that threw out FERC’s Order 745, which provided incentives for electricity users to consume less power, a practice dubbed “demand response.” [ read more … ]

Green ad campaigns urge PTC extension, support for EPA rules

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-13 06:46:14

The Sierra Club today announced an ad campaign targeting House Republicans in competitive races and accusing them of not doing enough to support wind energy development by extending a key renewable energy tax credit. And the League of Conservation Voters is launching an online advertising effort to urge support for U.S. EPA’s recently unveiled rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The efforts highlight the extent to which energy and environmental issues are likely to be a factor in November’s midterm elections and beyond. Supporters of the production tax credit (PTC), which expired at the end of last year, do not see an opening for Congress to reinstate it until a post-election, lame-duck session at the earliest, and even then, the prospects are uncertain. EPA’s power plant rule, meanwhile, has mobilized both sides of the climate fight with Republicans and some business groups reiterating accusations of a war on coal while environmentalists and their Democratic allies say the rule would benefit public health and the environment. [ read more … ]

White House report says benefits of EPA rules far outweigh costs

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-13 06:46:32

As the Obama administration and industry groups go to war over the costs of a high-stakes climate rule, the White House has released a new study showing that the benefits of major federal regulations vastly exceed the costs. Major rules issued by federal agencies over the past decade have estimated benefits between $217 billion and $863 billion per year, compared with estimated annual costs of between $57 billion and $84 billion, according to the recent draft report from the White House. Those estimates were reported using 2001 dollar values. The draft report notes that some rules are anticipated to produce far higher net benefits than others and that there’s substantial variation across agencies in the net benefits expected from new requirements. [ read more … ]

All quiet on the CEQ front

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-13 06:46:49

Mike Boots should probably get comfortable in his seat in the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building.He’s been acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality since February with no word from the White House about a replacement. And it looks like he’ll be sticking around for a while — potentially through the November elections and even into next year, according to sources tracking the position. “I have the sense that he’s well integrated into the new White House structure,” working with President Obama’s new counselor John Podesta and energy and climate adviser Dan Utech, said Clinton-era CEQ Chairman George Frampton. “So why buy more uncertainty on a confirmation delay right now? I would expect that come next January or February the issue may arise again, but in the meantime he’s acting and could conceivably stay.” [ read more … ]

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