EPA Administrator Pruitt has proposed limiting the science used when crafting new rules to only those findings that are made public. But critics maintain that such a move would allow EPA to disregard good science, which requires businesses to invest in “best available technologies.”
Methane leaks are burning oil and gas producers, forcing them to collectively address the problem. A new study says that current technologies will allow them to cut those fugitive emissions by 75% at little cost.
The Nuclear Energy Institute told Wall Street analysts yesterday that its future is now in the hands of the states, which have bills pending that would recognize nuclear energy’s economic and environmental contributions — and that plants have years to…
While in West Virginia on a campaign stop, President Trump referenced his proposed tariffs on Chinese imports — a pitch that fell flat in a state that is trying to woo its biggest energy investment ever, which is Chinese energy company.
The Pacific Northwest is dependent on clean hydroelectricity to sustain its economy. But at least four dams there are said to be killing off the salmon population. What can be done and can the dams and fish live in harmony?
The insidious attack on green energy is coming from an unexpected source — transmission planners, who are underestimating the upsurge in demand from corporate buyers. If left unresolved, the New Energy Economy could unravel.
Want to hit the goals of the Paris climate accord? Key to the effort is using software solutions to gather data and to harness that information so that it can be leveraged to provide answers. Others, though, say that improved hardware is the way to go.
A new study that the manufacturing sector could earn superior returns if it invested more in Utica and Marcellus Shale regions as opposed to the Gulf Coast, citing an abundance of shale gas that is closer to the consuming public. Is this the path to ec…
With news that the Russians have penetrated America’s energy assets still hot, the calls for greater cyber security are growing ever-louder. What are the experts saying and what are the utilities doing to protect themselves?
Energy storage markets are now projected to expand even further because of falling prices and favorable public policies, allowing those technologies to get compensated the same as a typical electrical generator would.
Amazon is on course to go live with one of California’s biggest rooftop solar deployments — a move that underscores corporate America’s commitment to the cause. But will federal policies and solar tariffs undercut the effort?
California has long been on the cutting edge of the environmental movement — requiring evermore green energy and carbon reductions. But a different-kind of environmentalist running for governor there says that the movement is too narrow and must also include using more nuclear energy.
California just legalized both the recreational and medical use of marijuana, leading to not just a huge boost in sales but also to the electricity bills of those growing the crop.
President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to sell off the transmission assets of federally-owned utilities such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration. The idea is already starting to kickstart the opposition — and to whet the appetite of private utilities.
Nearly seven years ago, a tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant, putting the world on notice. Just how would emergency managers respond if such an incident happened in the United States?
A new tax credit will provide a huge incentive to developers of carbon capture and sequestration technologies, which advocates say may do for coal what similar incentives did for wind and solar energy.
The president has formally introduced his infrastructure plan, vowing to raise $1.5 trillion for such things as roads, bridges and transmission. But cracks are already surfacing in the proposal, which green energy advocates hope they can mend.
Nuclear fusion is often seen as a magic bullet — the one energy source that is ample, clean and safe, although always out of reach. Now a private company says it may be on the verge of changing all that.
Where to store spent nuclear fuel has always been a politically powerful issue and one that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is now debating, all in response to the plant’s closure in 2013.
If Puerto Rico and the Atlanta airport are an indication, the United States is prone to costly blackouts. And while smart technologies are lessening those events, more transmission lines are still necessary — especially if green energy is to expand.
Most major companies are riding the renewable wave from the corporate boardroom to the hearts of consumers. But there are other steps they could be taking to cut their emissions — everything from sharing cloud-based data to using demand response programs.
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.