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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Henry Waxman, Colorado Solar, FERC Nominee, Keystone XL, Oil Shipments

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), a senior Democrat and prominent voice in environmental, climate and other legislation, is retiring at the end of the year. The 20-term representative  from California was first elected in 1974. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a motion from the Colorado Energy Office that will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Resignation, EU Fisheries, GMO Wheat Escapes

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff (pictured) is stepping down. Wellinghoff guided the agency’s Order 1000, which encouraged solar and wind integration while requiring grid planners and public utilities to coordinate on regional transmission. He will stay in his post until a new commissioner is confirmed, Politico reported. Companies with … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Autumn Statement, China PM2.5, Toxic Train Wreck

UK Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to parliament said that the UK will consider tax breaks for shale-gas exploration, as the ban on fracking is set to soon expire. The chancellor wants to give priority to gas because it’s cheaper than renewables and less harmful than coal. Osborne … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC $435m Penalty, Fuel Waiver, Calif. Carbon Market

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a $435 million penalty against Barclays Bank for allegedly manipulating electricity markets in and around California between 2006 and 2008. FERC is also seeking to force Barclays to give up $35 million in profits gained from the allegedly illegal trading, and proposing $18 million … Read more »