Wind and solar energies are on a roar and have comprised more than half of all additions to the U.S. grid in recent years. But a new report says that this boom could go bust if the transmission grid is not expanded.
Just as federal energy regulators said that they would not endorse the propping up of older coal-fired power plants, Xcel Energy announced that the it received a record number of low-priced bids for wind and solar plants it had been proposing.
The New Year is bringing new challenges to the New Energy Economy. But favorable tax laws coupled with consumer demand and falling electricity prices will the keep the wind and solar electrons flowing.
Donald Trump is hellbent on rolling back the environmental strides made during the previous administration. And while those efforts will assuredly brand his presidency, they will more than likely be outshined by the movement now afoot among cities and…
Atlanta’s airport suffered a power outage today that didn’t just delay passengers but it also had a rippling effect, costing businesses around the country. Now what?
Two years after the Paris climate treaty was signed, President Macron is hosting global leaders to further the cause while institutional investors are upping their efforts to get companies to cut their emissions. Can this make a difference?
PPL Corp. said that markets — not regulations — are prompting it to shutter coal plants in Kentucky. By mid-Century, the company said that it will have transitioned to natural gas and renewables, part of a trend that is occurring across the country.
Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have passed tax bills in line with President Trump’s thinking — one that would not just cut corporate taxes but that would also limit the tax benefits given to the renewable energy sector. How would this impact the economy and the environment?
West Virginia’s 2018 U.S. Senate race is getting a lot spicier now that the former coal baron Don Blankenship says he will run — the same chieftain who spent a year in prison for violating mine safety rules. He hopes to best Senator Joe Manchin, who has said Blankenship has “blood on his hands.”
The Trump administration took its cause of repealing the Clean Power Plan to coal country today. Some witnesses testified that such efforts would devastate their communities while others said that embracing the plan would catapult them light years ahead.
China and India are making major strides to cut their heat-trapping emissions, which will work toward helping the global community meet its objectives under the Paris climate agreement. However, U.S. Inaction is undermining the effort, a study says.
While representatives from 195 nations are now in Bonn, Germany and are grappling with how to reduce CO2 emissions, they might consider co-firing biomass with coal — all to give coal-dependent countries like Poland a shot at reaching international climate goals.
World leaders are gathering today in Bonn, German to discuss how to keep global temperatures from escalating. But a key question now is whether the United States and its pro-coal policies will get an audience or whether the president and his team will …
The Trump administration has backed off a plan to reduce ethanol requirements, drawing praise from the biofuels sector and concerns from oil refiners that feel the current mandates are too expensive.
While the Environmental Protection Agency will formally declare its intent to repeal the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan, it will hardly be enough to overcome a far greater force — the power of economics. In other words, the shift to lower carbon fuels is well underway.
Global energy consumption will escalate along with the use of coal, which is why corporate and environmental interest have joined forces to prod public investment in carbon capture and storage technologies.
The U.S. solar industry is scared to death of potential new tariffs getting imposed panels and parts coming across our borders, fearing that it could disrupt economic progress. Trump now holds the cards and it is he who will determine what happens next.
New ozone pollution go into effect today, with certain researchers and environmentalists saying that public health will improve as a result. The Trump administration, though, isn’t so sure and may — at some point — seek to water down those standards.
New York City will be using energy storage to cut its greenhouse gas emissions — a technology that also has the potential to increase energy efficiencies and grid reliability.
President Trump is working to approve more drilling in the environmentally — and politically — sensitive Arctic refuge, which is triggering a wave of opposition and potential lawsuits. But will oil and gas developers actually buy into it?
Great Britain’s planned exit from the European Union in two years may undercut the continent’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, which is why EU lawmakers are voting Wednesday on a proposal to avoid that exact scenario.
Economic and environmental aims are prompting Japan’s policymakers to rethink the country’s nuclear energy goals — after the 2011 Fukushima disaster that prompted the country to idle its whole nuclear fleet. Five of the existing 50 are now up-and-runn…
Several state attorney generals are locking horns with the EPA over whether the states should now comply with deadlines set by the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan. The matter ratchets up the intensity over the issue — one that will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Energy Capital will be buying Calpine because cheap natural gas prices are impeding the independent power producer’s ability to compete in open markets. The added benefit, though, will be Calpine’s newfound access to capital that will allow it to modernize its operations.
The natural gas revolution continues in the United States as it becomes a net exporter of the fuel — a dynamic that has created some dissension between American manufacturers and natural gas producers, and one now playing out in world markets.
Climate change is undeniably human-induced, according to a leaked draft report issued by scientists from 13 federal agencies. How will the Trump administration handle this information?
The Energy and Policy Institute has issued a report saying that the electric utility sector has known about the greenhouse gas effect since 1968 but instead, chose to sidestep the issue. Today, though, most of those same companies are helping to lead t…
It’s not just regulators who are forcing oil and gas companies to cut their methane releases, which are far more potent than CO2 when it comes to global warming. It’s also investors, who are now demanding that those companies become more a lot more transparent.
The U.S. Department of Energy is expected out with a study as early as today that concludes wind and solar energy do not threaten grid reliability — a message that contradicts what Energy Secretary indicated in April when he said as much. Bloomberg br…
The Green Climate Fund has been established to help developing countries fight climate change. But President Trump now wants to use some of those funds to help build advanced coal plants in regions without access to electricity. Are the two stated goal…
France’s newly-elected business-minded president, Emmanuel Macron, may mimic the energy policies of the socialist government that preceded him and retire 17 of the countries older nuclear plants in the coming years. How will that affect France’s aggressive carbon-cutting goals?
Southern Co. and Mississippi Power have pulled the plug on their advanced coal plant to capture and bury carbon and will instead fuel the plant with natural gas. If it is a matter if reducing CO2 emissions for the best price, natural gas wins every time.
Time is running out for the Trump administration, which must decide how it will handle the legalities of the Clean Power Plan. But given that carbon emissions in this country are trending down, does its legal approach really matter?
In a rebuke to President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget, lawmakers across the board are now rallying to preserve critical funds for both EPA and the Energy Department, noting that they provide certain services that are of an absolute necessity.
Corporate America is committing to keeping its greenhouse gas emissions in check and increasingly, to using science-based targets to limit temperature increases.
Water is becomingly an increasingly scarce commodity as the global population expands and demands more energy. As a result, the corporate world is on a mission.
President Trump said he is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord to bolster America’s economic prospects. But doing so may have the opposite effect — to cost U.S. companies new global markets where the green energy economy is flourishing.
Natural gas projects around the country are now in limbo because the federal agency responsible for approving them lacks a quorum. Once those positions are filled, though, the lines face a difficult trek.
The fate of nuclear energy in the United States rest on whether Southern Co. can get $3.68 billion from Toshiba. Otherwise, regulators may not let it go forward with two reactors in Georgia.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just signed a declaration by the Arctic Council saying that addressing climate change would require global action. In doing so, he implied the U.S. would remain involved in the Paris Accord.
More and more cities are vowing to run completely on renewable energy, with Atlanta being the latest. Existing infrastructure and indigenous resources, however, are key barriers.
Mississippi Power is expected to bring its integrated gasification and combined cycle plan on line by month’s end — a facility that can capture carbon dioxide and use it to enhance oil recovery. Is it worth it?
Now that President Trump has signed an executive order to allow more offshore oil and gas drilling, developers say it will unleash economic prosperity while environmentalist counter that it will deter clean energy investment, noting they will take lega…
FirstEnergy’s competitive energy businesses are getting swallowed up by the markets and the company has chosen instead to focus on its regulated delivery systems. Other coal-heavy utilities, though, are broadening their scope and investing in green energies.
California is setting the national pace as it seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and employ more renewable energy, prompting utilities there to elevate their use of energy storage and demand response.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted a request by the Justice Department to delay a decision over pending smog rules — a likely precursor to the Trump administration withdrawing its legal defense of the Obama-era act.
The global community is covertly exerting pressure on President Trump to remain in the Paris talks to try and limit global warming. If the U.S. withdraws, other nations would have to do more.
A California appeals court has affirmed the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions. In doing so, it rejected arguments by the Chamber of Commerce there that the plan amounted to a tax on business.
A federal judge has a tossed a $4 million jury award in a case that had alleged Cabot Oil & Gas’ natural gas drilling techniques had harmed local drinking water supplies in a Pennsylvania township. The ramifications for both producers and communities could be huge.
The Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters today that the ‘war on coal’ is officially over and that the “social cost of not having a job” should be weighed alongside the “social cost of carbon.”
The U.S. State Department is expected to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline by Monday — a critical barrier to overcome, although there are plenty more such obstacles ahead.
Despite the current policy goals of expanding traditional fossil fuels, wind and solar energies are expected to surge in the coming years because of an undying corporate commitment and widespread state government support.
Talk of resurrecting Yucca Mountain as the permanent site to bury the nation’s 70,000 tons of nuclear waste is ongoing now that the Trump administration is showing its support.
As Donald Trump tries to dismantle EPA’s greenhouse gas programs, the environmentalists and supportive states are stepping up to fill what had been the national government’s role. Who will win?
President Trump’s appeasement of the coal sector is not a long-term fix for its economic woes. Investing in new technologies is. The good news is that coal companies are now getting it.
President Trump’s address to the nation gave a cursory nod to clean air and clean water but during the same speech, he also vowed to rollback the nation’s regulation and to keep existing coal plants alive.