OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Battle over White House energy nominee goes live

He’s taking heat from pro-coal conservative groups, and can expect tough questions Tuesday from Republicans, and probably Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

But a green energy business group, Advanced Energy Economy, offered fresh backing Monday for Binz, the former head of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission who has also been a private consultant.

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“Throughout his 34-year career, Mr. Binz has built a strong record as an innovative energy expert and balanced regulator that understands the challenges faced by our energy system as it becomes more secure, clean and affordable,” a slew of companies under the group's umbrella wrote.

Eyes on the Senate Floor: Tuesday should bring signals over whether bipartisan energy efficiency legislation on the Senate floor can get un-stuck.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), has been ensnared in battles over ObamaCare. Watch E2-Wire tomorrow for updates.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:


Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Monday and over the weekend ...

– Canadian energy minister: Keystone XL decision unlikely this year
Vitter slams EPA after mining giant abandons Alaskan project
– Study finds limited greenhouse gas emissions from shale energy
– Browner: Canadian CO2 offer would ‘change the debate’ on Keystone XL
– Sierra Club chief: Energy bill a test of ‘how crazy’ Congress has become
– Conservative groups rally against Obama’s FERC pick
– Alaskan mine, subject of Capitol Hill battles, loses a partner
– Regulators eye Wall Street’s role in ethanol credits


NEWS BITES:

Southern portion of Keystone XL nears finish line

The Houston Chronicle reports:

The president has delayed it. Protesters tried to stop it. But the Keystone XL pipeline is approaching a major finishing line anyway, setting the stage for a rush of new oil to move through Texas.

Click here for the whole story.

GM seeks to challenge Tesla

The Wall Street Journal
reports:

General Motors Co. is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc.

Click here for the whole story.


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