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June 27, 2014

Court rejects FERC’s handling of transmission costs in PJM

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-27 07:05:50

But Cudahy questioned his colleagues’ request for exact numbers to quantify the benefit of grid-strengthening projects. Cost allocation, Cudahy said, is a “judgmental matter” with no “right” answers, and the court should be deferential to FERC’s analyses. “I think the majority is under the impression that somehow there is a mathematical solution to this problem, and I think that this is a complete illusion,” Cudahy wrote. “Cost allocation, particularly at these extraordinarily high voltages, is far from a precise science, and there are no mathematical solutions to determining benefits region by region or subregion by subregion.” Cudahy went on to say that high-voltage transmission projects are rare and bolster the entire system, serving as the “backbone of an electrical grid,” and socializing such costs across the system makes sense. [ read more … ]

Research raises new concerns about climate impact of natural gas

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-27 07:06:27

The Obama administration has supported the natural gas industry, in part for the fuel’s climate benefits. Gas emits about half as much carbon dioxide as coal in the power plant, so the government has promoted gas as a transition fuel to a post-carbon future. The fine print, however, is that natural gas may be as detrimental to the climate as coal in many ways. Its climate challenge lies not during electricity generation, but further upstream — during extraction, processing and distribution of gas from the oil and gas wells to gas burners. [ read more … ]

Group aims to promote solar power in wind’s biggest market

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-27 07:06:43

The sun is shining on the solar industry in Texas. Or at least that’s the message from the newly formed Texas Solar Power Association, which made its formal debut this week. Charlie Hemmeline, the association’s executive director, said solar energy is poised to build on recent momentum in the state. An objective of the new group, he said, is to talk about positive aspects of solar energy and the growth opportunities it presents. [ read more … ]

Obama admin approves first eagle-kill permit for wind farm

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-27 07:06:58

The Obama administration announced approval of the first-ever permit for a wind farm to legally kill or harm protected eagles under a plan that officials say will have no overall harm on eagle populations. The Fish and Wildlife Service today said it will issue Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC a five-year permit to “take” up to five eagles at its 50-turbine wind farm north of San Francisco.
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