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FERC testifies on EPA carbon regulations and electric reliability

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule is projected to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, improve human health and save money -- but will it jeopardize the reliability of the...more

7/31/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA FERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions MATS Power Plants

Report Projects Modest Need for Electric Generation Capacity Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has projected that 351 gigawatts of new electric generating capacity will be added to the U.S. grid between 2013 and 2040. This projected new capacity, most of which EIA expects to...more

7/25/2014 - DOE Electricity Infrastructure Natural Gas Power Plants Utilities Sector

Atlantic offshore wind energy targeted

A report released by the National Wildlife Foundation highlights the potential of U.S. states on the Atlantic Ocean to generate electricity from offshore wind -- and calls upon state leaders to take action to promote offshore...more

7/16/2014 - Electricity Energy Policy Energy Projects National Wildlife Foundation Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

Arizona utility fined $3.25 million over 2011 blackout

On a hot summer afternoon in 2011, cascading power outages spread across the North American Southwest. Over 5 million people in Southern California -- including all of San Diego -- Arizona and Mexico were left without power...more

7/14/2014 - Electricity FERC NERC Power Infrastructure Public Utilities Commission Settlement Utilities Sector

Energy Department offers $4 billion loan guarantee program for renewable energy and efficiency projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $4 billion loan guarantee program for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee program is intended to...more

7/9/2014 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Policy Energy Projects General Solicitation Government-Guaranteed Loans Popular Renewable Energy

Muskrat Falls megahydro cost increases

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is promoting the development of a multi-phase, gigawatt-scale hydropower project on the Churchill River in Labrador. But estimates of the so-called megaproject's...more

7/3/2014 - Canada Construction Contracts Energy Energy Projects Hydropower

EPA carbon rule: how it works

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a groundbreaking proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants. EPA's Clean Power Plan would require each state to develop a plan to limit the amount of...more

6/10/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Energy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

EPA carbon rule: cost and benefit

Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Part of the EPA's "Clean Power Plan", the rule would rely on states developing and implementing...more

6/9/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Environmental Alert: EPA Announces Proposed Rule Aimed at Significantly Reducing Carbon Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today its Clean Power Plan proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Acting under Section 111(d) of the...more

6/3/2014 - Barack Obama Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Action Plan EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants Public Comment

EPA proposes carbon goals for power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed its plan to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 30% below 2005 levels. Formally known as "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing...more

6/3/2014 - Air Pollution Barack Obama Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Climate Action Plan Electricity EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants Proposed Regulation Utilities Sector

US energy consumers paid $14 billion more last winter

U.S. consumers paid $14 billion more for their energy needs during the winter of 2013-2014 compared to the previous winter, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The cost of energy affects...more

5/28/2014 - Consumer Utility Costs Electricity Energy Utilities Sector

Court overturns FERC Order 745 on demand response

A federal appellate court has overturned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's key ruling on demand response -- when electricity customers respond to signals about the scarcity of electricity by temporarily reducing...more

5/26/2014 - Demand Response Electricity FERC

Propane: winter shortages in 2014

Propane is widely used as a fuel -- but shortages this past winter led to an unprecedented emergency in the eyes of federal regulators. Propane is a hydrocarbon produced as a byproduct from natural gas processing and crude...more

5/19/2014 - Energy FERC FMCSA Hydrocarbons Interstate Commerce Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas Petroleum Refining Pipelines

U.S. natural gas to pass coal as electricity fuel in 2035

Coal will continue to fuel the largest share of electricity generated in the U.S. until 2035, when natural gas will surpass it, according to a recent federal report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2014 Annual...more

5/16/2014 - Coal Electricity Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants

EIA releases 2014 Annual Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its annual report projecting long-term trends in energy markets. The Energy Information Administration, or EIA, is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S....more

5/15/2014 - Carbon Emissions DOE EIA Energy Energy Policy Fuel Standards Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

Obama administration releases National Climate Assessment

The Obama administration has released its third National Climate Assessment, a document designed as a public presentation of the administration's comprehensive scientific assessment of how climate change is impacting the U.S....more

5/14/2014 - Climate Change National Climate Assessments Obama Administration

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

5/13/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Electricity Energy Policy Act FERC Hackers NERC Power Grid Russia Solar Energy Solar Panels Transmission Grid

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

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