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October 21, 2014

Appeals court rejects rehearing bid on FERC transmission order

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-21 03:50:29

Federal judges rejected a request Friday from nonprofit electric utilities to reconsider the ruling upholding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000, a landmark rule aimed at spurring upgrades to the electric grid.

The Large Public Power Council had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider its August ruling that upheld Order 1000 in its entirety. Order 1000 is among FERC’s largest and most complex rulemakings. It calls for regional coordination in grid planning and for abolishing an incumbent utility’s “right of first refusal” to build a new project, among other reforms. Virtually every aspect of the order was challenged at the D.C. Circuit. That the three-judge panel upheld the rule was a major victory for FERC [ read more … ]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

By Katharine McCormick, NRDC  •    •  Posted 2014-10-21 03:50:52

While Iowa has a range of options to comply with the plan, Turner and Wind’s analysis shows that wind alone can cost-effectively bring Iowa into compliance. Rather than hurting Iowa’s economy, by complying with the Clean Power Plan and furthering our commitment to clean energy we can continue to garner (as Governor Branstad said) “long-lasting benefits and [make] Iowa a competitive economic force not only in the United States but also in the world.” [ read more … ]

Iowa provost offers snapshot of Iowa’s wind generation

By Jennifer DeWitt, Quad City Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-21 03:51:12

Iowa has emerged as a real powerhouse in the area of wind energy and stands to continue benefiting from its growth. That was the message University of Iowa Provost Barry Butler shared Monday as he discussed the future of wind energy at the Davenport Rotary Club meeting at The Outing Club, Davenport. “Iowa embraced wind in the 1980s and got strong,” he said, adding that was when he got involved in the renewable energy, particularly on the research side. [ read more … ]

Who gets paid under a carbon price? New paper looks at impacts across states

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-21 03:51:32

Four years after comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation stalled out in the Senate, the prospect of carbon pricing is back on the table. With regional carbon markets already up and running in California and the Northeast, and cross-state collaboration explicitly encouraged under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, more states are examining carbon caps and carbon taxes as a route to lower emissions. [ read more … ]

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