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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 10, 2014

15 governors question legality of EPA rule proposal in letter to Obama

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-10 06:51:16

Governors of 15 fossil fuel-heavy states took swings yesterday at U.S. EPA’s proposed climate rule for existing power plants, targeting the proposal’s legal underpinnings and practical feasibility. In a letter to President Obama, the governors warn that EPA had built its draft rule on a shaky legal foundation. [ read more … ]

Voters are skeptical of mandates but favor tax breaks for renewables — poll

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-10 06:51:47

A majority of Americans are skeptical of federal energy mandates but still favor tax breaks for wind power and other forms of renewable energy, according to a poll released today by the pro-business American Energy Alliance. The survey found that 60 percent of respondents oppose renewable energy standards for consumers and 77 percent don’t trust Congress to hand out corporate tax breaks. At the same time, 51 percent of respondents said they support a production tax credit for wind power. And 62 percent said they believe U.S. EPA should require states to produce alternative sources of energy.
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GOP, Boxer scrap over Reid’s handling of NRC, FERC nominees

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-10 06:57:33

Senate Republicans today accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of trying to micromanage nominations to critical agencies tasked with overseeing the grid and energy infrastructure and asked two Obama nominees for assurances they would not bend to the senator’s political will. [ read more … ]

Appellate judges reject Exelon’s bid to force Texas wind sales

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-10 06:57:51

A split federal appeals court panel ruled yesterday that Exelon Corp. cannot force a Texas utility to buy power from its wind farms. In a 2-1 vote, judges on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that several units of Chicago-based Exelon cannot force a subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc. — Southwestern Public Service Co. — to buy wind power under a 1970s law aimed at bolstering renewables. [ read more … ]

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