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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 11, 2014

Senate seen likely to confirm nominees along party lines

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-11 06:48:50

President Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission appears to have enough support to win Senate confirmation next week in a floor vote that’s likely to break along party lines. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture this week to vote Tuesday on the nominations of Obama’s pick for chairman, Norman Bay, to serve on the commission until 2018, and of Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to another five-year term (E&E Daily, July 10). [ read more … ]

Atlantic Coast states key to unleashing ‘energy gold mine’ — report

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-11 06:40:25

Atlantic Coast states should be proactive in boosting offshore wind energy as a solution to spiking electricity prices and impending carbon regulations, environmental groups say in a report released today. The report emphasizes the benefits of offshore wind — which it dubs an “energy gold mine” and “unmatched solution” for energy and environmental issues — and outlines the “critical role” of state governments in advancing the offshore market. [ read more … ]

McCarthy blastsĀ TimesĀ for crediting NRDC with power plant rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-11 06:45:17

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in an email circulated yesterday derided a New York Times story published earlier in the week that seemed to give an environmental group credit for the groundwork that led to her agency’s proposal limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. McCarthy called the article published Monday “preposterous” in a memo to EPA staff, dismissing the Times’ characterization that the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2012 proposal “heavily influenced” her agency’s draft rule. [ read more … ]

Apple targets rising water use, production partners’ emissions

Reuters  •    •  Posted 2014-07-11 06:40:06

Apple Inc acknowledged on Wednesday it needs to address manufacturing partners’ carbon emissions and its own rising water consumption, though the iPhone maker said it had cut back sharply on greenhouse gas output. Apple last year hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to push cleaner initiatives, amid past criticism over its emissions and use of toxic materials. Observers say it has improved its practices and earned better scores from groups such as Greenpeace. [ read more … ]

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