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January 23, 2015

Interior eyes 300K acres off N.C. for future leasing 

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-23 07:00:02

The Interior Department today announced the release of an environmental assessment of a plan to lease up to 300,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina for the construction of offshore wind farms. The plan calls for leasing a 122,000-acre wind energy area about 28 miles off the coast of Kitty Hawk and two additional areas of 52,000 acres and 134,000 acres beginning about 12 miles off Cape Fear. [ read more … ]

Energy, environmental groups spent big on advocacy in 2014 

Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-23 07:00:36

Energy and environmental interests spent hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on federal lobbying last year. While Capitol Hill may have offered little in legislation to lobby on, the Obama administration proposed a number of controversial regulations that pitted powerful industries against each other in Washington. [ read more … ]

LaFleur weighs response as protesters disrupt another meeting 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-23 07:01:11

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s monthly meeting in Washington, D.C., was disrupted today after climate activists opposed to the agency’s approval of natural gas projects tied to hydraulic fracturing refused to stop speaking. After trying at least twice without success to call the meeting to order, FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur called for an unscheduled recess to allow security guards to usher out a dozen or so Beyond Extreme Energy activists. They chanted, “FERC doesn’t work!” and “Stop fracking.” [ read more … ]

Study Finds Producing 40 Percent of Power from Renewable Energy in Minnesota Would Spur $6 Billion in Clean Energy Investments and Boost Rural Economies

By Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted 2015-01-23 07:01:30

Strengthening Minnesota’s renewable electricity standard to require that 40 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, by 2030 would drive billions in new investment in clean energy generation in Minnesota at little additional cost to consumers, according to a study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Minnesota’s current standard is 25 percent by 2025.
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FERC Energy projects chief is retiring 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-23 07:01:47

Jeff Wright, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, is retiring at the end of February. Wright, who has been with the agency since 1979, will be replaced by Ann Miles, the office’s deputy director. [ read more … ]

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