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August 8, 2014

Democrat John Norris leaving agency for USDA job in Italy

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-08 06:54:51

John Norris, a Democratic member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, plans to step down Aug. 20 to take a position as minister-counselor for the Department of Agriculture in Rome, cutting short his five-year term at the agency. Norris, who spent more than three decades running high-profile political campaigns in his home state of Iowa, said during an interview that he will work with the United Nations’ food agriculture program at the department. [ read more … ]

New lawsuits unlikely to touch EPA’s carbon rule, at least in the near term

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-08 06:55:17

U.S. EPA’s proposed rule for power plant carbon has seen an early salvo of legal attacks, with one lawsuit launched by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. in June and a second, led by West Virginia and backed by 11 others states, last week. But with the rule still unformed, do these opponents have a target to aim at? Probably not, according to legal experts contacted by ClimateWire. At least not yet. “I’d characterize the Murray case as coming too soon, and the West Virginia case as coming too late,” said Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at Vermont Law School. [ read more … ]

Price of Wind Energy Goes Down in Texas

BY┬áDYLAN BADDOUR, State Impact, NPR member Stations  •    •  Posted 2014-08-08 06:55:35

The GreenChoice program let homes and businesses pay slightly more for their power and buy directly from wind farms, hoping to finance and encourage development. It worked so well that, by 2009, it was in trouble, and the program was scaled back. Texans in Austin and beyond were demanding more wind energy than power lines could carry, and clogged transmission infrastructure sent prices skyrocketing. When GreenChoice premiered, consumers opting for wind energy could lock into a ten-year fixed price just six cents per kilowatt-hour more than the standard cost at the time. By 2009 the difference had risen to $2.05, due largely to transmission overload. [ read more … ]

Bird group proposes ‘legally defensible’ overhaul of federal eagle program

By Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-08 06:55:52

A leading bird conservancy group has submitted a detailed plan to the Fish and Wildlife Service that includes revisions to its hotly debated eagle “take” rule that allows wind and other energy projects to injure, kill or disturb bald eagles for up to 30 years. The American Bird Conservancy’s 18-point plan, outlined in a formal comment letter sent yesterday to Fish and Wildlife, also calls for adopting mandatory conditions for siting wind projects instead of the current voluntary guidelines that the group says in the letter are “hindering FWS’ ability to do its important job of protecting our nation’s public trust resources, including its ecologically-important native birds and bats.”
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