"An Unusual Public Battle Over an Energy Nomination"

"WASHINGTON — The coal industry, feeling threatened by federal efforts to promote wind and solar power, has opened a counterattack by opposing President Obama’s nomination of a renewable electricity advocate to head the federal agency with jurisdiction over power lines."

"The Senate Energy Committee is expected to hold a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of Ronald J. Binz to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Binz, 64, headed the Colorado Public Utility Commission from 2007 to 2011, where he was known for promoting renewable energy and efficiency, and for helping to draft a law that encouraged closing some old coal plants and cleaning up newer ones.

The fight over Mr. Binz has been unusually public, considering that the job at stake is at an agency most people cannot name."

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times September 15, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Colorado Clean-Energy Plan Looms as Issue for FERC Pick" (Bloomberg)

"U.S. Coal Companies Scale Back Export Goals" (New York Times)

Source: NY Times, 09/16/2013