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Hydrokinetic energy projects in 2014

Hydrokinetic energy projects generate electricity from moving water, capturing the power embodied in tides, waves, and currents without the use of dams. Hydrokinetic energy resources are estimated to have a tremendous power...more

4/3/2014 - Energy Hydropower Renewable Energy

EPA issues draft permits for carbon sequestration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first draft permits for injecting and storing carbon dioxide in underground rock formations, which could advance carbon capture and sequestration efforts. ...more

4/2/2014 - Carbon Capture and Sequestration Drinking Water EPA Permits

Smart meters are safe, says Maine agency staff

The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report concluding that the use of "smart meters" -- advanced utility metering infrastructure capable of communicating wirelessly with the utility -- is a "safe,...more

3/28/2014 - Infrastructure Utilities Sector

Biofuels lead growth in U.S. biomass energy

The use of energy from biomass resources in the United States grew more than 60% over the decade between 2002 and 2013 -- primarily in the form of increased use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are produced from...more

3/24/2014 - Biofuel Biomass Energy EPA Renewable Fuel Standard

Snohomish tidal project wins FERC pilot license

Federal regulators have issued a pilot license for a proposed tidal energy project in Washington. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of...more

3/24/2014 - Energy FERC Licenses Renewable Energy Tidal Energy

NJ regulators reject offshore wind project

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has voted against extending ratepayer subsidies to an offshore wind project proposed by developer Fishermen's Energy, challenging the project's financial viability. Back in 2011,...more

3/21/2014 - Offshore Wind Utilities Sector Wind Power

NJ board to decide on offshore wind project

Will New Jersey regulators approve key support for an offshore wind project proposed off the Jersey shore? Many coastal states and nations are placing new focus on energy projects designed to generate electricity from...more

3/19/2014 - Offshore Wind Renewable Energy

Hydropower relicensing surge expected

Hydropower industry experts are gathering near Worcester, Massachusetts, this week for a conference on hydropower re-licensing. Organized by EUCI and hosted by Alden Research Laboratory, the March 18-19 Hydropower...more

3/19/2014 - Dams FERC Hydropower Renewable Energy

FERC directs standards requiring utility hardening against physical threat

In the wake of last year's sniper assault on a California electrical substation, federal regulators have initiated a process to require utilities to demonstrate that they have hardened their power plants, transmission lines,...more

3/18/2014 - FERC Infrastructure NERC Power Plants Utilities Sector

Solar, geothermal led new US capacity in January 2014

Solar and geothermal resources led the new utility-scale electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in January 2014, according to a report by the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, the report...more

3/10/2014 - Biomass Electricity Geothermal Energy Power Plants Solar Energy

Oregon wave project permit surrendered

The developer of a proposed large wave energy project off the Oregon coast has surrendered a key federal permit for the project. Ocean Power Technologies subsidiary Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC had proposed a 50...more

3/6/2014 - Clean Energy FERC Hydropower Renewable Energy

US Supreme Court considers EPA greenhouse gas emissions regulations

May the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industry under the Clean Air Act? The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument on this issue yesterday,...more

2/26/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions SCOTUS

Wave energy project in Australia advances

What may become the world's largest electricity generation project to rely on the power of ocean waves is moving forward in Australia, as Lockheed Martin has announced that it has signed a contract with Victorian Wave...more

2/12/2014 - Australia Clean Energy Energy Renewable Energy

Norman Bay tapped as next FERC chairman

In a move that portends continued intense enforcement of federal energy laws, President Obama has nominated Norman Bay to serve as the next chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ...more

2/3/2014 - FERC Nominations

Energy and the 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address. As in his previous four annual addresses, energy and environmental issues featured prominently in this year's remarks. Here's a closer look at some...more

1/30/2014 - Climate Change Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Natural Gas Renewable Energy

Previewing energy issues in Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, at 9 PM (Eastern). His audience -- Congress, as well as millions of people in the United States and elsewhere -- will listen closely for...more

1/27/2014 - Climate Change Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Natural Gas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy State of the Union

Electricity and Super Bowl XLVIII: Will the lights stay on?

Fans will soon pack MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVII. The National Football League's 2013-2014 season championship game will be held on February 2 at 6:30 PM (Eastern). Following the power outage during last year's Super...more

1/24/2014 - Electricity Football Super Bowl Utilities Sector

US Department of Interior features energy as a priority

The United States Department of the Interior has updated its regulatory priorities for the coming six months, with energy issues featured prominently. The nation's principal steward of federal public lands and resources, the...more

12/3/2013 - BOEM Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior Public Land Renewable Energy

Nova Scotia tidal power projects

Plans to develop tidal power resources in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia are moving forward, as Fundy Tidal Inc. announces firmer plans to deploy tide-powered generators at three locations in Digby County. The extreme...more

12/2/2013 - Canada Tidal Energy

Solar energy led new installations in October 2013

Solar-powered projects led new electric generation capacity installed in October 2013. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's October 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update, most of the electric generation placed...more

11/25/2013 - Solar Energy

Federal energy enforcement: $304 million in penalties in 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its report on its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2013. The FERC's 2013 Report on Enforcement (69-page PDF) gives the public insight into how the Commission's...more

11/22/2013 - Audits Enforcement Actions FERC Penalties

New England Clean Power Link proposed

A developer of electric transmission lines has proposed a new line that would connect New England to Quebec. The so-called New England Clean Power Link would run about 150 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border to Ludlow,...more

11/19/2013 - Canada Clean Energy Power Grid Transmission Lines

Google invests in solar energy projects

Google has announced an investment in six solar photovoltaic projects to its portfolio. The projects, located in California and Arizona, have a combined electric generating capacity of 106 megawatts. This deal illustrates...more

11/18/2013 - Google Photovoltaic Power Purchase Agreements Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Climate Change Poses Risks to U.S. Energy Sector

Climate change poses significant risks to U.S. energy infrastructure, and the reliability and cost of the services it enables, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Energy. The report, U.S. Energy...more

7/11/2013 - Climate Change DOE Infrastructure

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