Fossil energy groups seek to put FERC nominee Binz in spotlight


Fossil fuel groups plan to hit President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over his work as Colorado's top electricity regulator, Politico reports.  

Can climate change, coal's carbon revive nuclear power?

The New York Times

The climate change imperative to find an affordable, reliable replacement for coal could mean more reliance on nuclear power, The New York Times reports. 

Uneven state laws require flexibility in EPA climate plan


The Environmental Protection Agency's coming rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will need flexibility to deal with a wide range of state carbon policies, E&E reports.

Natural gas prices could see increase in fall on high demand


A report from BNP Paribas projected natural gas prices would rise in response to an unusually early heating season and higher utility demand, Platts reports.

Manchin meets with McCarthy on coal policies

The Washington Post

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and a group of industry and state officials met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to lobby for more coal-friendly regulatory policies, The Washington Post reports.

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McCarthy pledges innovation, collaboration in carbon rules

The Obama administration's first-term deal with automakers to raise mileage standards presents a "game plan" the Environmental Protection Agency will use to cut power plant greenhouse gas emissions, Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday.

In her first major speech since winning Senate confirmation and since President Barack Obama laid out his climate change plan, McCarthy avoided specifics about what EPA will propose by June of next year. But she stressed that EPA will look to states' carbon reduction programs, including renewable energy mandates, and industry input.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on stream buffer rule bill

Washington, August 2, 2013, 9:00 am

House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2824, "Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act." Witnesses to be announced. 

McCarthy dismisses "war on coal" rhetoric

The New York Times

In an interview with The New York Times, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed the alleged "war on coal," contending the agency is following its mission to reduce pollution, The New York Times reports.

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Coal stockpiles offset growing electricity demand, higher gas prices

Electricity generators used more coal in the first half of 2013 compared to last the same period last year, but large stockpiles prevented price increases, the Energy Department said Friday.

Higher natural gas prices and greater electricity demand drove up coal consumption 13 percent during the first four months compared to a year earlier, the Energy Information Administration said, with that trend expected to extend through June. Weekly coal spot prices remained mostly flat, however, as utilities chose to use up existing inventories.

House Science subcommittee hearing on coal future

Washington, July 25, 2013, 9:30 am

House Science Energy Subcommittee hearing, "The Future of Coal: Utilizing America’s Abundant Energy Resources." DOE Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith to testify. 


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