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October 9, 2014

Judge rejects Neb.’s challenge of EPA power plant rules

By Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-09 06:45:06

A federal judge has dismissed Nebraska’s challenge to U.S. EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for new or modified power plants. Judge John Gerrard of the federal district court in Nebraska said the state’s challenge was premature because EPA has yet to finalize the limits. “The state has jumped the gun,” Gerrard wrote. [ read more … ]

In the U.S., a Turning Point in the Flow of Oil

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-09 06:45:25

The Singapore-flagged tanker BW Zambesi set sail with little fanfare from the port of Galveston, Tex., on July 30, loaded with crude oil destined for South Korea. But though it left inauspiciously, the ship’s launch was another critical turning point in what has been a half-decade of tectonic change for the American oil industry. The 400,000 barrels the tanker carried represented the first unrestricted export of American oil to a country outside of North America in nearly four decades. The Obama administration insisted there was no change in energy trade policy, perhaps concerned about the reaction from environmentalists and liberal members of Congress with midterm elections coming. But many energy experts viewed the launch as the curtain raiser for the United States’ inevitable emergence as a major world oil exporter, an improbable return to a status that helped make the country a great power in the first half of the 20th century. [ read more … ]

Regional operator floats ‘trial balloon’ on demand response

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-09 06:45:42

The grid operator in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest staked a trail for demand response today that it says might avoid litigation expected in the wake of a federal appeals court’s torpedoing of a key federal electricity-saving program. PJM Interconnection outlined a new framework that it called a “trial balloon” for the participation of demand response in power markets. The proposal was released in a white paper yesterday. “We believe that structure creates a path to continue demand response participation in these markets,” Andrew Ott, PJM’s executive vice president for markets, told stakeholders and reporters today. [ read more … ]

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