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April 6, 2015

Top DOE official previews high-profile infrastructure report 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-06 06:26:43

While Kenderdine offered few specifics about the report, she outlined the agency’s focus on the challenges the United States’ power lines, railways, pipelines and power plants are facing from a surge of increasingly violent weather, age, competing interests and shifting trends with the discovery of shale gas. DOE has held 14 stakeholder outreach meetings across the country, as well as a meeting in Canada and a conference call with officials in Mexico to discuss the QER. [ read more … ]

Senate bill in the works to expand FERC’s authority to site power lines 

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-06 06:27:08

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will introduce legislation in the coming months to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to override state resistance to certain power line projects. The proposal would give FERC the authority “as a backstop in the rare case where states have been unable to act on priority projects” that have been selected as part of FERC’s regional transmission planning process under Order No. 1000, Heinrich told attendees at a Southwestern summit on renewable energy transmission development yesterday. Heinrich’s bill could revive a years-long controversy over how much power the federal government should have to issue construction permits for transmission development when a state withholds approval. [ read more … ]

Cheap oil prices chop jobs by thousands

By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted 2015-04-06 06:27:30

Planned oil industry layoffs in the U.S. are approaching 100,000 in the past four months with more likely to come. Oil-producing states such as North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana are catching the brunt of the cutbacks just as consumers are enjoying cheaper gasoline prices brought on by the 55% drop in crude oil prices since last June. “The entire Midwest from Texas to North Dakota is really feeling the effects,” says Moody’s Analytics economist Aaron Smith. [ read more … ]

Obama vows to train 75K solar workers by 2020 

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-06 06:27:48

The White House today launched an initiative to provide military veterans with skills to join the solar industry as part of an overall goal of training 75,000 solar workers by 2020 — a 50 percent increase from a target set by the Energy Department a year ago. [ read more … ]

Document: A handbook for how states can incorporate renewables in compliance plans

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-04-06 06:28:07

“Renewable energy can provide large emissions reductions in a cost-effective manner when part of a balanced energy portfolio and provide significant positive economic returns to a state.” So say the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association in a new “handbook” for states to use in weighing how to include renewable energy in complying with the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

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