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July 14, 2014

FERC Nomination votes set for tomorrow will not end lingering uncertainty

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-14 06:30:39

The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that, if approved, would finally fill the long-vacant fifth commissioner seat but would also leave many questions. Under a delicate political deal with the White House, if confirmed, Norman Bay would start a four-year term as a FERC commissioner — filling a chair that has been empty for eight months — and Cheryl LaFleur would be approved for another five-year term on the commission. She has been acting chairwoman since the previous chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, stepped down last November. [ read more … ]

Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot

By Michael Brower, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2014-07-14 06:30:59

Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ‘freeze’ on the state’s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sector that employs 25,000 people in Ohio, while costing Ohio consumers plenty of their hard-earned money. This news underscores two important things: first, the power of incumbent fossil fuel interests to pass damaging, unpopular legislation, and secondly, just how out of step Ohio’s elected officials are with their own constituents. [ read more … ]

Feds, Md. launch study of marine mammals in development area

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-14 06:31:15

As plans for offshore wind energy in Maryland move forward, federal and state officials yesterday announced a project that will study the marine mammal populations found in the development areas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has pledged $1.1 million to study the bionetwork of the Maryland Wind Energy Area. The site, located about 10 nautical miles from Ocean City, Md., comprises nearly 80,000 acres and will be auctioned off for wind energy development in August (Greenwire, July 2). [ read more … ]

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