President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday withdrew from consideration, a move that threatened to leave the five-member body without a chairman in January.
Ron Binz, a renewable energy advocate who angered coal advocates during his tenure as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, said it was apparent to him that he could not win a vote in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Consolidated Edison said recent line work to upgrade outdated electric cables was likely the cause of a power outage that delayed travel on the Metro-North railroad near New York City, Bloomberg reports.
A power failure that continues to disrupt transit on the Metro-North Railroad near New York City highlights weaknesses in the rail system and has prompted some to call for upgrades to system infrastructure, Bloomberg reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials announced a plan to supply partial power to a heavily trafficked line of the nation's second largest commuter railroad as tens of thousands of commuters took to the highways and continued to scramble for alternative routes after a power failure disrupted service along the line serving the densely populated Connecticut suburbs and New York City.
One of big question marks under President Barack Obama's climate plan is the amount of carbon that must be cut from power plants to reach his goal of reducing emissions 17 percent by 2020.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has contended that actual emissions reductions will be worked out with the states in advance of a proposal by next June. But one clue to the magnitude of the challenge was included in the Climate Action Report issued by the State Department on Thursday.
The report said Obama's target could be reached through overall annual energy sector carbon cuts from 8 percent to 12 percent by 2020, on top of reductions already expected from current regulations.
President Barack Obama's nomination of Ron Binz to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission appears headed for withdrawal after an aide to a key Senate Democrat confirmed a search for a replacement is underway.
The nomination of Binz, a former Colorado electricity regulator, to the obscure but powerful independent commission has proved troublesome. Coal and free-market groups have moved to oppose his confirmation and Senate support has failed to materialize.
The White House is on the hunt for a new candidate to replace President Barack Obama's pick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee aide.
"The committee is aware that other candidates are being considered to lead FERC," said Keith Chu, committee spokesman for Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Chu gave no more details, but the statement indicated that Wyden expects the White House to withdraw the nomination of Ron Binz.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Binz, a renewable energy advocate and former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, has struggled to overcome the opposition of committee Republicans and committee member Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.
Binz lacks the votes to win endorsement by the committee, and Wyden has yet to schedule a business meeting on his nomination. Without a committee vote in support, Democrats are left with the option of taking his nomination directly to the full Senate for what would be a difficult confirmation battle.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of commuters traveling into and out of New York City are scrambling to devise alternative routes after a power failure on a heavily trafficked line of the nation's second-largest commuter railroad brought service to a creep and forced commuters into cars, clogging the highways.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation, The Hill reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal
The shutdown of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster has pushed Japan to fossil fuels, leading to higher pollution and higher costs as the government prepares to release a long-term power security plan, Bloomberg reports.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Shell is promising the Obama administration that its equipment is ready and personnel properly trained for more Arctic drilling in 2014, reports Fuelfix, as the company outlines its plans for future exploratory operations following criticism of its past safety record.
Energy IPOs picked up nearly $6 billion in Wall Street investment in 2013, more than triple the amount the year before, says Fuelfix, which reports that many involve master limited partnerships, popular with pipeline companies.
A study commissioned by API and National Ocean Industries Association concludes that opening the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling would create 280,000 new jobs and boost investment and U.S. production, the Oil & Gas Journal reports.