The issue of jurisdiction for siting transmission lines continues to simmer. A federal appeals court ruled in February that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lacked authority to overrule state decisions denying applications for new lines. FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff told a House panel on June 12 he disagreed with the appellate court’s ruling but said he had not decided yet whether to appeal it to the Supreme Court.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan