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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Binz Out, SCOTUS, Wind Tax Credits

President Obama’s nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman, Ron Binz, has withdrawn his nomination after intense opposition from Republicans and fossil fuel groups, Politico reports. Binz said  his record was “spun and respun” to paint him as biased against fossil fuels. Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, said Binz was “the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Nominees, Navajo Generating Station, Aviation

The White House is considering new nominees to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after fully half the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee lined up against the nomination of Ron Binz. The lack of committee support effectively kills Binz’s nomination, Bloomberg says. The EPA announced a supplemental … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Efficiency ‘Under-Enforced,’ FERC Nominee Under Fire

The Energy Department’s appliance efficiency program is not adequately enforced, which could result in consumers buying products that do not meet minimum standards, the DOE’s Office of Inspector General said in a report. The DOE has also been late by one year, on average, in approving rule-making for a number of … Read more »