Regulation

Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near

Reports that a new Obama Administration climate plan seeks to circumvent congress have democrats and republicans up in arms. The alleged plan would create binding agreements with other governments that fall short of an actual treaty which would require a majority senate vote many see as unlikely. “Republicans have also sought to portray Obama as… Keep reading →

Germany Invests Heavily In Solar Energy

It is now clear the utility business model is changing with the growth of distributed renewable energy sources, policies that support renewables, demand management technology and energy efficiency initiatives, but how these changes develop and how utilities adapt remain open questions. A new report from Black & Veatch sheds some light on these emerging trends.… Keep reading →

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Worth reading: this presentation on the facts about offshore seismic surveying from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in its August “Science Notes” newsletter. It’s prefaced by William Y. Brown, chief environmental officer for BOEM, who focuses on the public discussion that has followed the agency’s July announcement that it would allow safe seismic testing off portions… Keep reading →

A man walks outside a newly launched 670

Australia faces an unprecedented oversupply of energy according to the country’s energy market operator. “For the first time in the history of the National Electricity Market, no new thermal baseload electricity generation is required over the next decade…due to the continuing decline in electricity consumption,” Australian Energy Market Operator said in the report. That decline is due… Keep reading →

Seattle Mariners v Detroit Tigers

Tom Steyer the billionaire hedge fund manager turned enviro-political activist is spending big bucks to sway voters toward pro-climate-action democrats in the midterm elections this fall, but some are questioning the factual integrity of ads sponsored by Steyer’s super PAC NextGen. While several respected fact-checking groups have poked holes in some of NextGen’s assertions –… Keep reading →

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

Late last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an important Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order, giving the agency a big win and aiding in the promise of a cleaner, smarter, and more efficient power grid. By upholding FERC’s Order 1000, the court confirmed what many think is common sense: Because the power grid crosses state and… Keep reading →

Northeast Debates Benefits And Dangers Of Hydrofracking

The Pennsylvania Health Department was criticized last month for not doing enough to address heath concerns associated with Marcellus Shale development activities, and as a result recently announced changes designed to facilitate the complaint handling process. “The department’s priority is to address the public’s concerns, whether they are about environmental health in general or specifically… Keep reading →

OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

Calls for stricter economic sanctions against strategic Russian energy players are not universal among European Union countries, particularly those where Russian oil and gas dependence is most deeply entrenched. The degree to which various EU members support or oppose the South Stream Pipeline project illuminates those countries reluctant to distance themselves too far from vital… Keep reading →

One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches

Louisiana is an important energy-producing state – the country’s No. 2 crude oil producer at nearly 1.45 million barrels per day when federal offshore output is included. The state also is No. 2 in petroleum refining capacity. Energy development is boosting Louisiana’s economy. Oil and natural gas extraction, refining and the pipeline industries support 287,000 state… Keep reading →

Electricity Bill Across The Country Rise On Record Fuel Costs

Quick Take: We typically reserve press releases for our Friday column documenting product announcements and project wins. But I think this recent story from Itron has at least three important implications. First, an electric power utility is sharing its communications network with a separate entity (a city’s water department). This is such an obvious way for a… Keep reading →

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