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June 18, 2014

EPA to publish carbon rule today, starting comment period

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-18 06:45:14

U.S. EPA will publish its proposal to limit existing power plant carbon dioxide emissions tomorrow in the Federal Register, marking the opening of a 120-day public comment period. But as interest groups prepare comments for and against the proposal, and states continue to assess its impact, Capitol Hill remains deadlocked over how or whether to respond to the rule. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) have introduced legislation in their respective chambers to prevent EPA from implementing the rule unless several agencies certify it would have no negative economic impact. [ read more … ]

On eve of Senate panel vote, commissioner frets over agency’s politicization

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-18 06:45:32

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to get involved in choosing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s next chairman is creating “dysfunction” at the agency and threatening its ability to function properly, a member of the commission said yesterday. John Norris, a Democratic member of FERC, during an interview yesterday expressed concerns that the commission, an arcane yet powerful agency that oversees the U.S. electric grid and natural gas infrastructure and pipelines, is being subjected to too much political pressure. “It’s concerning that an independent agency responsible for regulatory decisions has become so overly politicized,” Norris said. [ read more … ]

Reid open to compromise on Bay nomination

Hannah Northey and Elana Schor, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-06-18 06:45:49

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today left the door open to delaying the ascension of Norman Bay, President Obama’s choice for chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Reid, whose interest in FERC runs deep, said in a brief interview that he would be inclined to support whatever solution Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) advances to a bipartisan impasse over installing Bay immediately as chairman. When asked if that would extend to backing a delay in Bay’s move to the helm, however, Reid stopped short of full assent. [ read more … ]

Interior’s Mass. lease sale will be largest ever

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-18 06:46:07

The Interior Department today will announce plans to auction more than 1,100 square miles of waters off the Massachusetts coast for offshore wind projects, the largest lease sale of its kind in U.S. history. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to make the announcement this afternoon in Boston alongside Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management acting Director Walter Cruickshank. [ read more … ]

Koch brothers launch energy-focused super PAC

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-18 06:46:24

A new political group backed by billionaire Republican donors Charles and David Koch plans to spend millions of dollars on energy-related issues in the midterm elections. The oil magnate Koch brothers unveiled the super political action committee, Freedom Partners Action Fund, at a closed-door conference with GOP donors over the weekend near Laguna Beach, Calif. Freedom Partners, run by a former Koch Industries lobbyist, plans to spend more than $13 million on anti-environmental messaging as part of a reported $290 million election-year effort to help elect conservative candidates. [ read more … ]

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