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July 3, 2014

EPA extends public hearings on power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-03 06:57:47

U.S. EPA will give commenters in four cities an additional day at the end of this month to make statements for or against its proposal for existing power plants. The agency had planned one-day hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., for the last week of July, but it announced today that each session will now run for two days. The hearings in Atlanta, Denver and Washington will be held on July 29 and 30, and the one in Pittsburgh will run on July 31 and Aug. 1. [ read more … ]

Nev. regulator picked to lead in development of ‘real time’ Western market

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-03 06:58:05

Rebecca Wagner was unanimously picked by members of an advisory group at the California Independent System Operator Corp. to lead an efforts to develop a governance structure for an energy imbalance market, or EIM, which will pool energy resources in parts of Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Wagner, who’s a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, would lead the advisory group, dubbed the Energy Imbalance Market Transitional Committee, made up of nine representatives nominated by regional industry stakeholders, as well as PacifiCorp and NV Energy — two companies that will take part in the market. NV Energy, notably, is the biggest authority in the state with its subsidiaries providing power to 85 percent of Nevada. [ read more … ]

80,000 acres off Md. coast to be auctioned in August

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-03 06:58:21

Nearly 80,000 acres in Maryland will be auctioned for offshore wind development in August, federal and state officials announced today. Located about 10 nautical miles from Ocean City, Md., the Maryland Wind Energy Area will be auctioned Aug. 19 as two leases. The north area covers 32,737 acres, while the south area comprises 46,970 acres. If fully developed, the area would generate enough electricity to power 300,000 homes.
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New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules

By KATE TAYLOR and THOMAS KAPLAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-07-03 06:58:36

In a decision with far-reaching implications for the future of natural gas drilling in New York State, its highest court ruled on Monday that towns can use zoning ordinances to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method known as fracking. Since the issue arose about six years ago, there has been a statewide moratorium on fracking, and the State Health Department is currently studying its potential health effects. But in recent years some towns, worried that the state would eventually allow the practice, have taken matters into their own hands by banning fracking within their borders. Among them, two towns — Dryden, in Tompkins County, and Middlefield, in Otsego County — amended their zoning laws in 2011 to prohibit fracking, on the basis that it would threaten the health, environment and character of the communities.
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