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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 10, 2014

2 nominees set for Senate vote early next week

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-10 06:57:53

The Senate is set to vote next week on President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after a delicate agreement was reached stating that the nominee would not actually take the helm of the agency for almost a year. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture yesterday to vote Tuesday on the nominations of Norman Bay to be a member of FERC until 2018 and the White House choice to head the commission, and for Cheryl LaFleur to another five-year term as commissioner. [ read more … ]

Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-07-10 06:58:20

Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change. Within about 15 years every new car sold in the United States will be electric. In fact, by midcentury more than half of the American economy will run on electricity. Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources. And coal’s footprint will shrink drastically, perhaps even disappear from the power suppl [ read more … ]

FERC, utilities, greens urge court to revisit demand response decision

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-10 06:58:45

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, environmentalists and some grid operators are pressing a federal appeals court to revisit its decision tossing out a policy that provided incentives to electricity users to consume less power. In a series of filings to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week, FERC and various parties are seeking a rehearing en banc, meaning before all of the court’s judges, on the case focusing on the power-saving practice known as demand response. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Energy Traversing Regulatory And Financial Currents

By Ken Silverstein, Contributor, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2014-07-10 06:59:03

“It’s more challenging in the United States because natural gas prices are lower and because terrestrial wind energy prices are also declining, making it hard for offshore wind to compete,” says Peter Asmus, principal with Navigant Consulting in San Francisco, in an interview. “The Obama administration’s recent executive order to cut carbon emissions helps but it is not enough to push it over the hump.” The US Department of Energy would like to have 54,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. Those scenarios include development along Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts as well as in Great Lakes and Hawaiian waters, the agency says. [ read more … ]

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