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Public Power Weekly No. 16 April 20, 2009

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A news summary for members of the American Public Power Association

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars The Obama administration is contemplating making the automobile industry the first test of a plan to cut carbon emissions, The Wall Street Journal reported in an April 13 article, “US Takes a Gamble With Test of Carbon Caps on Car Makers.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed endangerment finding cleared the White House last week, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was expected to sign the document as Public Power Weekly went to press. Such an “endangerment” finding by the EPA would mean the agency could regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and other sources. EPA could do so by issuing regulations under the Clean Air Act. The environmental agency is likely to turn its attention first to the motor vehicle sector rather than the electric utility sector, the Journal said. Please turn to page 2

No. 16 April 20, 2009

In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

2

FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

4

China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

5

Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

5

FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

6

FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

6

USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

7

Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

8

LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

9

Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 13 approved transmission rate incentives for a proposed 3,000-mile regional “green power superhighway.” Green Power Express LP, a subsidiary of ITC Holdings, estimates the 765-kV line will cost between $10 billion and $12 billion and eventually will bring up to 12,000 MW of wind energy and stored energy from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa to Chicago, Minneapolis and other Midwest load centers. The initial phase of the project is expected to be in service in 2020. The $10 billion to $12 billion price tag works out to $800 to $1,000 per kilowatt of generation. “Meeting our nation’s energy goals will require developing extra-high-voltage transmission infrastructure that is needed to bring clean, renewable energy from areas where it is produced most efficiently to areas where most of our nation’s power is consumed,” FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said. “The commission is examining the adequacy of transmission planning processes and is committed to working with transmission providers and state and regional entities to provide

consumers with greater access to renewable resources.” The commission approved an overall rate of return on equity of 12.38%. That includes 160 basis points in incentives (50 for participating in a regional transmission organization, 100 for independence, and 10 for the risks and challenges of the project).

FERC also approved the other incentives requested by Green Power: (1) recovery of costs of abandoned facilities; (2) deferred recovery for start-up, development and pre-construction costs through the creation of regulatory assets; (3) 100% construction work in progress in rate base; and (4) a hypothetical capital structure of 60% equity and 40% debt. n Robert Varela

CO2 controls may be tried on cars first Continued from page 1

The Supreme Court ruled two years ago that EPA has the power to regulate greenhouse gases under the 1970 Clean Air Act, if the agency decides that these emissions are pollutants. The court directed EPA to determine whether carbon poses a danger to the public health and welfare. Last month, the EPA sent a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. In the document, the agency proposed a finding that CO2 and other greenhouse gases endanger the public health and welfare because of their impact on the climate. Early last week, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the EPA endangerment finding, but it is still a proposal rather than a final report.

Once Jackson has signed it, there will be a 60-day public comment period and two public hearings before the proposal can be finalized. According to a senior administration official cited by the Wall Street Journal, the EPA is likely to focus first on automobiles. “Business groups are sounding the alarm over the prospect of expanded EPA power,” the Journal said. Businesses also are worried that once EPA makes a final endangerment finding, environmentalists could file lawsuits to try to get the courts to apply carbon restrictions more broadly. Fears about the EPA’s regulatory reach could help create momentum for Congress to pass climate change legislation, as a more palatable alternative to regulation by the EPA, the Journal said. n Jeannine Anderson

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

2

FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

7

Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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Electricity groups back DOE’s designation of ‘national interest’ transmission corridors The Department of Energy corridors. Therefore, this provision Interest Electric Transmission Coracted lawfully and as Congress is often referred to the “backstop” ridors because the agency’s “mere intended when it designated two transmission siting provision. identification of corridors where transmission corridors as being transmission congestion occurs The Wilderness Society, Natural causes no impact on the environin the national interest, APPA and Resources Defense Council and others told the U.S. Court of Apment,” the electricity groups said. peals for the Ninth Circuit in APPA, however, took no a brief filed April 14. APPA legal position as to the spejoined the Edison Electric cific boundaries of the two It is up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Institute, the National Rural corridors. Commission to comply with environElectric Cooperative Assomental statutes ‘if and when FERC is It is up to the Federal ciation, PJM Interconnection asked to address a specific transmission Energy Regulatory Commisand others in filing the April sion to comply with environ14 brief. application,’ said APPA and the others. mental statutes “if and when Environmental groups, FERC is asked to address a landowner interests and specific transmission applistate public utility commissions others who are fighting DOE in cation,” said APPA and the others. have challenged DOE’s action in court argue that when the Energy Congress enacted the new designating the Mid-Atlantic Area Department made the designaprovision of the Federal Power National Interest Electric Transmis- tions of the Mid-Atlantic and Act because it was “concerned sion Corridor and the Southwest Southwest corridors, it did so that insufficient development of Area National Interest Electric without sufficient basis. They also needed transmission infrastrucTransmission Corridor. say the agency violated environture posed a threat to the future mental laws by failing to conduct When it passed the Energy ability of the high-voltage electric an environmental impact statePolicy Act of 2005, Congress power grid to supply reliable and ment for the corridors. added a new section (Section economical electricity to America’s 216) to the Federal Power Act. On the contrary, DOE “gave homes and businesses,” said Section 216(a) authorizes DOE to thorough consideration to large APPA, EEI and NRECA. designate geographic areas expe- amounts of complex material,” DOE’s orders “are reasonable, riencing transmission congestion and its decisions “are based on well supported, and in complias National Interest Electric Trans- sound record evidence,” APPA, mission Corridors. Under certain EEI and NRECA told the court. No ance with the law,” and should be affirmed by the Ninth Circuit, circumstances, the Federal Energy environmental impact statement the three electricity groups Regulatory Commission can then is required for DOE’s designation said. n Jeannine Anderson site transmission facilities in those of these two corridors as National

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

2

FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

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Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential Offshore wind turbines are part of the answer as the nation seeks to beef up its portfolio of renewable energy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been saying. On April 6, at a public hearing in Atlantic City, N.J., he said wind turbines off the East Coast could generate enough power to replace most U.S. coalfired power plants. Salazar said ocean winds along the East Coast could generate a million megawatts of electricity, or the equivalent of 3,000 medium-sized coal-fired power plants, the Associated Press reported. In an April 2 speech to an organization called 25X25 America’s Energy Future, he said U.S. offshore areas hold enormous potential for wind energy development near the coastal metropolitan areas that are the nation’s highest centers of electricity demand. “More than three-fourths of the nation’s electricity demand comes from coastal states, and the wind potential off the coasts of the lower 48 states actually exceeds our entire U.S. electricity demand,” he told 25X25, a group working to lower carbon emissions. “We can build a clean energy future,” he told the group. “But it will require American energy, American

Salazar also spoke at public hearings April 8 in New Orleans and April 14 in Anchorage, Alaska, to gather public comments to help build support for a new renewable energy strategy for developing new generation off the Outer Continental Shelf. (See story, page 4.) Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal challenged the idea that offshore wind turbines would be likely to replace all U.S. coal-fired generation, saying it “ain’t going to happen.” There may be potential for wind energy to replace all coal, but it “is never going to be realized,” Freudenthal said April 8. “The wind potential off the coasts of the lower 48 states actually exceeds our entire U.S. electricity demand,” said Interior Secretary Salazar. Photo source: DOI

ingenuity and American courage to tackle our dependence on foreign oil and the growing perils of climate change.”

“To say that the potential is there is true,” said Marion Loomis, executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association. “It’s another thing to say you’re going to switch from the traditional sources to something that would be impossible.” n Jeannine Anderson

China eyes becoming leader in hybrids China wants to become a world leader in making hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years, The New York Times reported. China lags behind the United States, Japan and others in making gasoline-powered cars, but wants to leapfrog current technology to gain a strong foothold with electric cars, the newspaper reported in the April 2 article. n

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

2

FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

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Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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Salazar and FERC’s Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables on the Outer Continental Shelf Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff signed an agreement April 9 outlining their agencies’ responsibilities for leasing and licensing renewable energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The memorandum of understanding clears the way for developing wind, solar, wave, tidal and ocean current energy sources, they said. “President Obama is committed to a comprehensive energy plan that will generate millions of clean energy jobs, break our dependence on foreign oil and reduce the threat of deadly pollution,” Salazar said. “This agreement will spur the development of clean, renewable energy—the growth industry of the 21st century.” Salazar has made offshore wind, solar and hydrokinetic energy a top priority. He said he expects to have a final regulatory framework for Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy development in the near future. “By removing all the regulatory barriers to the development of hydrokinetic energy in the Outer Continental Shelf, this agreement will advance the development of a

promising renewable resource that in the end will benefit consumers,” said FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. The agreement establishes a process through which the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service and FERC will lease, license and regulate renewable energy development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf, including hydrokinetic sources (wave, tidal and ocean current). The Minerals Management Service will have exclusive jurisdiction over the production and transmission of energy from non-hydrokinetic renewable energy projects, including

wind and solar. The agency also has exclusive jurisdiction to issue leases, easements, and rights of way regarding Outer Continental Shelf lands for hydrokinetic projects, and will conduct any environmental reviews related to those actions, said DOI and FERC. FERC will have exclusive licensing jurisdiction over the construction and operation of hydrokinetic projects on the Outer Continental Shelf and will conduct any necessary analyses. A copy of the memorandum of understanding is posted on FERC’s Web site. n Jeannine Anderson

FERC dismisses Michigan complaint The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed as moot a complaint by the Michigan Public Power Agency against the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator over charges for power from a jointly owned generating unit. Changes to MISO’s tariff have eliminated the problem, the commission said in a March 19 order. The dispute arose after an unexpected outage in 2005. Michigan Public Power changed the generating unit’s commitment status in the Midwest ISO Energy Market to “unavailable,” but did not “zero out” its scheduled amount of power from the unit. Another co-owner, Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, notified MISO of the outage but also did not zero out the scheduled power. MISO then charged each of them for half of the costs of the unit’s capacity. n

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

2

FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

7

Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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FERC dismisses PJM’s allegations of transmission market manipulation by Tower Research Capital The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dismissed two allegations by PJM in a complaint charging that Tower Research Capital and affiliates manipulated PJM’s transmission rights markets. Commission staff found no evidence that the Tower companies’ dealings with another affiliate, PowerEdge, “constituted a scheme or artifice to defraud made with the requisite scienter” (knowledge that an act was wrong). However, the commission is still investigating other allegations in PJM’s complaint. These include PJM’s allegation that Tower affiliates placed increment and decrement bids in the day-ahead market for the purpose of increasing congestion on certain transmission paths, thereby benefiting another Tower affiliate’s financial transmission rights. FERC staff said they found no evidence for PJM’s allegations that affiliates of Tower Research Capital defrauded PJM by entering into coordinated, offsetting positions in the market for financial transmission rights, concentrating high-risk or losing positions in one affiliate, Power Edge, and deliberately causing Power Edge to default on its obligations. Commission

staff also said there is no evidence that Power Edge was deliberately under- or de-capitalized in order to trigger its collapse. Power Edge’s massive default was largely driven by two factors, the commission said: (1) its acquisition of a large, counterflow-heavy portfolio of financial transmission rights, and (2) by significant, unforeseen transmis-

sion outages. “In addition—and critically—the collateral required by PJM to cover those positions proved grossly inadequate,” commission staff said. “From the very beginning of its participation in the financial transmission rights markets, Power Edge sought— and received—permission from PJM to apply significant portions of its collateral to pay its monthly invoices.” n Robert Varela

USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables; June 9 is application deadline The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants to provide energy audits and renewable energy development assistance for agriculture producers and rural small businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program. The department is soliciting grant applications from units of state, tribal or local governments, colleges, rural electric cooperatives and public power utilities. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and can be up to $100,000. Recipients of an energy audit are required to pay at least 25% of the cost of the audit. 
 Applications for grants must be

submitted on paper or electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on June 9. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered, regardless of the postmark on the application, Agriculture said. More information is available at the Agriculture Department’s Web site. Applications may be obtained by contacting a Rural Energy Coordinator, or by downloading through http://www.grants. gov.  Submit electronic applications at http://www.grants.gov. Submit completed paper applications to the Rural Development State Office in the state in which the applicant’s principal office is located. n Robert Varela

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

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FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

3

APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

5

FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

7

Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years

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Snohomish to get federal funds for tidal, geothermal energy

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Los Angeles, Seattle among top 10 cities recognized by EPA for number of Energy Star-rated buildings Public power cities are among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top 25 cities for Energy Star buildings, with two in the top 10.

Denver, Colo.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Seattle, Wash. Public power cities in the top 25 include Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Riverside, Calif.

The top 10 are Los Angeles, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; DallasEnergy Star buildings use 25% Forth Worth, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; less emit B&F Ad_hlfpage_4c-for LeAnne.qxd:Layout 1 energy 2/26/09and 2:50 PM35% Pageless 1

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greenhouse gases than average buildings, EPA said. The 6,200 Energy Star commercial buildings and manufacturing plants in the United States save more than $1.7 billion annually in utility bills, the EPA said. n David L. Blaylock

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Long Island Power Authority and Con Edison announce plan for major offshore wind farm Long Island Power Authority President and CEO Kevin S. Law and Consolidated Edison Chairman and CEO Kevin Burke said the two utilities are considering building a major offshore wind farm.

efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015. LIPA and Con Edison also have filed an application to interconnect the offshore wind project with the New York Independent System Operator for up to 1,400 MW by 2020, which would permit a future expansion beyond the 700 MW.

A joint feasibility study released March 23 by the two utilities concluded that an interconnection of up to 700 MW of wind power, located at least 13 miles off the Rockaway Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, would be feasible with upgrades to their respective transmission systems. The proposed “LIPA/Con Edison Offshore Wind Farm” would likely be designed for 350 MW of generation, with the ability to expand it to 700 MW, giving it the potential to be the largest offshore wind project in the country, said LIPA and Con Edison. The cost to expand the transmission system to accept the wind power would be $415 million for the first 350-MW phase of wind energy, the report estimates. Phase two of the project, a wind farm of up to 700 MW, would require an additional $406 million in transmission system upgrades, for a total of $821 mil-

“As a state and as a nation, we must find alternative solutions to traditional fossil fuel sources,” said Paterson. “By taking advantage of the natural resources that New York has to offer, we will position ourselves to be the national leader in renewable and alternative energy as our economy emerges from the current crisis.” LIPA and Con Edison have partnered to consider building a wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean. Image source: LIPA

lion, according to the report. The concept for the offshore wind project came from New York Gov. David Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and is consistent with the governor’s “45 by 15” program, which establishes a goal for the state to meet 45% of its electricity needs through improved energy

“I am strongly encouraged by the preliminary analysis, which demonstrates a large offshore wind project can work in our service territory,” said LIPA President and CEO Law. “As a member of Gov. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force, I remain committed to not only continue with the next phase of the process, but also to bring this wind project to fruition if we can make it cost effective for our customers.” Please turn to page 9

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In this issue 1

In carbon war, EPA may focus first on cars

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FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

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APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

4

Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

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Los Angeles, Seattle among top Energy Star cities

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy

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Milton Lee to retire from CPS Energy Milton B. Lee plans to retire nity after retirement, and he also Sept. 30 as general manager and might consult or teach. He said CEO of CPS Energy, he will work with CPS San Antonio’s municipal Energy’s board to name utility. Lee joined the a successor. “Leading utility in August 2000 this great company that as senior vice president is renowned as one of of electric transmisthe best in the business sion and distribution, has been a tremendous became interim chief honor,” Lee said. CPS executive on Nov. 1, Energy ranks among 2001, and was named the nation’s lowest-cost general manager and energy providers, owns Lee CEO on a permanent the highest financial ratbasis in February 2002. He previings of any electric system in the ously served as CEO and general United States and stands nummanager of Austin Energy. ber one in wind-energy capacity among municipally owned utilities Lee said he intends to remain across the country, he noted. n active in the San Antonio commu-

Santee Cooper celebrates 75 years Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric utility, celebrates its 75th anniversary this month. On April 7, 1934, Gov. Ibra Blackwood signed legislation to create the South Carolina Public Service Authority, whose purpose was to construct the federally funded Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. After a lengthy court battle with investorowned utilities that was ultimately

decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, construction on the New Deal-era project began in April 1939 and the utility began generating power on Feb. 17, 1942. Known today as “Santee Cooper” for the two river systems the project connected, the utility said it is the now the nation’s largest publicly owned electric utility of its type based on generation, and third largest based on energy sales to ultimate customers. n

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As the second phase begins for the wind project, LIPA and Con Edison will work with the state, the New York Power Authority, New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority to issue a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for off-shore wind development. The RFEI serves as a precursor to a request for proposals (RFP) to be issued later this year. It is anticipated that other interested state and city agencies will be invited to participate in the project’s next phase and/or the RFP process. Both utilities will begin another round of studies on the economics and feasibility of the actual offshore wind farm, including: determining if sufficient wind resources exist to meet the scope of the project; an avian (bird impacts) study, further environmental impacts, economic costs, community impact and the potential number of jobs the project could create. A copy of the interconnect study is posted on LIPA’s Web site. n Jeannine Anderson

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Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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Snohomish PUD to get federal funds for research on tidal and geothermal energy Snohomish County PUD in Everett, Wash., gained vital support for geothermal and tidal energy projects in March when President Obama signed a spending bill that will provide $951,500 in funding for research and development of these renewable energy sources in Western Washington. The tidal energy project was backed by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., while Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., helped secure funding for geothermal energy research. Each project will receive $475,750. The funding comes as part of the big appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009. Development and operation of the renewable energy projects supported by the federal funding could result in hundreds of construction and permanent operations and maintenance jobs in the Pacific Northwest, the utility said. “Snohomish PUD’s work to generate power from Puget Sound tides has already made this region a leader in clean electricity generation,” said Inslee. “Geothermal and marine renewable energy both have great potential for clean energy produc-

tion and job creation in Washington state.” “It’s more important than ever that we explore ways to harness renewable energy sources,” said Sen. Murray. “I’m excited by the possibilities of tidal energy generation and its potential benefits to customers across Snohomish County. I’m also pleased that Snohomish PUD is using this funding to go about exploring this technology in the right way—by being good stewards of the Puget Sound.” “We applaud the efforts of Rep. Inslee and Sen. Murray in bringing critical support to our region for these green, locally generated resources,” said Snohomish County PUD General Manager Steve Klein. “As our region continues to grow, we remain committed to meeting customer needs through a diverse mix of renewable technologies and an aggressive set of conservation initiatives. This funding also will help provide long-term economic and environmental benefits to the citizens of the Northwest.” The PUD is studying five tidal energy sites in Puget Sound, which, if developed, could produce enough energy for up to 70,000 homes. The utility launched a multi-

year study in 2007 to assess the technical, economic and environmental viability of the underwater sites. It plans to install a pilot project in the sound as early as 2011. The utility is working with several technical partners, including the University of Washington and the Electric Power Research Institute. In 2008, the utility received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the tidal energy effort. The PUD has completed an initial assessment of geothermal resources in western Washington, and is developing the next phases of its exploration and development plan. Geothermal energy holds considerable promise as a significant resource for future energy supplies in the Northwest, the PUD said. The PUD is actively pursuing the development of geothermal and tidal energy and other resources as part of its effort to meet growing energy needs through conservation and renewable energy. Initiative 937, passed by voters in fall 2006, also requires utilities to obtain a greater share of their energy supply from green renewable sources in the coming years (15% of their supply by 2020). n Jeannine Anderson

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APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

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Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

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LIPA, Con Edison announce offshore wind farm plan

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Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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FERC approves rate incentives for Green Power Express line

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APPA, others back designation of ‘national interest’ corridors

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Salazar: offshore wind has enormous potential

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China eyes becoming leader in hybrids

5

Salazar and Wellinghoff sign agreement to spur renewables

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FERC says Michigan complaint is moot

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FERC dismisses allegations of transmission market manipulation

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USDA offers grants to support energy audits, renewables

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