POWERnews [May 8, 2014]

Obama to Nominate LaFleur as FERC Commissioner

On May 1, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Cheryl A. LaFleur for a second term as commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). LaFleur was first nominated…

EIA Projects Flat Growth in Electricity Demand, Big Jumps in Gas and Renewables

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO), released on May 7, projects slow growth in electricity demand through 2040, with natural gas and renewables taking an increasing…

[UPDATED] Fire at Coal Power Plant Takes Facility Out of Service Indefinitely

[Update May 13] A serious fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant in downtown Colorado Springs will leave the facility offline for an indefinite period of time. The fire began…

State Officials to EPA: Allow Energy Efficiency for Compliance with Existing Power Plant Carbon Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should allow states to use energy efficiency programs as a way to comply with its forthcoming rule that will regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing…

Manpower Report: Power Industry Faces Talent Shortage

A report released on May 5 by staffing firm Manpower suggests that utilities are under a “double squeeze”—a shortage of skilled workers at both the entry and senior level—caused by…

DOE Picks Three Offshore Demonstration Projects to Proceed to Phase II

The Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday selected three projects to proceed to the second phase of its offshore wind advanced technology demonstration initiative: Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm, Principle Power's…