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August 25, 2014

‘Major investment cycle’ and rapidly changing U.S. energy markets pose fresh challenges for FERC — Chairman LaFleur

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-24 04:48:06

Prudent. That word might best describe Cheryl LaFleur’s approach to her job — and answering questions about it — as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. President Obama named the Harvard University-trained attorney and former National Grid executive to lead the agency at the end of July. She had been acting chairman of FERC since November after Jon Wellinghoff left the post before his term was up. LaFleur, 59, will serve as FERC chairman until April 15, 2015, when newly named Commissioner Norman Bay, the former head of FERC’s enforcement office, will step into that role. [ read more … ]

Big turbine maker feels the breeze of growing U.S. markets

E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-08-24 04:49:35

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, said the U.S. market continues to show high activity, but the industry is starting to focus on whether the production tax credit (PTC) will be renewed before the end of the year. The Danish manufacturer announced turbine orders of 800 megawatts in the United States in the second quarter, which accounted for most of the 18 percent increase in total orders for the company versus last year. Vestas hired more than 2,000 people during the quarter, most of them at factories in Colorado, where it is ramping up production. [ read more … ]

EPA trumpets ‘considerable gains’ in curbing toxic emissions

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-22 06:47:05

U.S. emissions of air pollutants linked to cancer, asthma and other serious health problems have plunged over the past few decades, according to a report released today by U.S. EPA. Overall, toxic air pollution from smokestacks and other stationary sources has declined 1.5 million tons each year between 1990 and 2012, while emissions from motor vehicles and other moving pollution sources have been cut in half each year during that time, EPA said. [ read more … ]

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