The ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday said she cannot yet support President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, putting a question mark over his potential confirmation.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said at the confirmation hearing for former Colorado electricity regulator Ron Binz that she was concerned about his past statements on the role of regulators and about how he would lead FERC. "At this point I am not convinced that your views are compatible with FERC's mission," she said.
Climate change and the future of coal have become priority issues in the Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with outside groups making heavy ad investments on both issues, ABC News reports.
President Barack Obama's regulatory and climate agendas take center stage in Washington this week with hearings on Capitol Hill and the planned release of his revised proposal to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants.
First up will be a hearing scheduled Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on three nominees, including his pick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to follow, no later than Friday, with the release of the power plants proposal.
Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. says its current plan to move oil sands crude into the U.S. by connecting output from its Alberta Clipper line to its existing Line 3 needs no further permits, and construction should start within weeks, Reuters reports.
Plains All American Pipeline LP says it plans to spend around $900 million to construct a 440-mile pipeline from its terminal in Cushing to a Valero Energy Corp. refinery slated to be completed in Memphis in 2016, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices were slipping Friday morning ahead of remarks by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen which were being watched for signals about any potential interest rate increase. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was 39 cents lower to $93.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 29 cents to $102.34, Bloomberg reports.
A measure aimed at getting a million more zero-emissions vehicles – powered by electricity and hydrogen fuel cells – out on the road is moving through the California legislature this month, E&E reports.
New York electricity system operator LIPA says plans for green energy projects – including the possibility of Deepwater Wind sending electricity from wind turbines off Rhode Island over to Long Island via underwater cables – are going ahead despite the PSEG takeover of its operations, Newsday reports.
It’s the biggest hiring surge in Houston since the shale boom began: The area has added 5,000 energy sector jobs in June and July, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Duke Energy, anticipating increasing electricity demand in Florida at the same time it is shutting down its nuclear power plant and planning to close coal-fired plants, is looking to add gas-fired generation, but it wants to construct its own plants rather than buy existing ones from Calpine Corp., E&E reports.
The continuing severe drought in the West has caused the loss of some 65 trillion gallons of groundwater since the beginning of 2013, which is changing the topography of the earth’s crust and producing uplift, according to a study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, published in the journal Science, The New York Times reports.