Oil Prices Continue To Rise With Demand

Royal Dutch Shell shares rose after it confirmed it would cut 10,000 jobs and a sharp fall in annual profits. [BBC News] According to new data just released in the 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook — a project of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the shift from coal to clean energy may be occurring earlier… Keep reading →

Ethanol Industry Threatened By Midwest Drought

If the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were a candidate in this election year, its track record would invite landslide defeat. Editorial boards of major newspapers are now echoing what a diverse coalition of restaurant associations, grocers, producers of poultry, pork and beef, environmental non-profits and anti-hunger groups have been saying for years. Arguing that “there… Keep reading →


The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program unveiled last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a perfect example of what can go wrong when the agency tries too hard to entice an unwilling industry to engage. For years, EPA has offered voluntary “pollution prevention” programs to encourage companies to achieve environmental goals faster… Keep reading →

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

While it is likely that the Obama Administration will continue to be a major focus of GOP-led oversight inquiries in 2016, industry stakeholders, particularly those affected by legislation or proposed regulations, should also expect to face additional scrutiny.

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

In an important step forward in curbing methane emissions from the nation’s oil and gas sector, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced a regulatory proposal aimed at wasteful practices that shortchange taxpayers, squander energy resources and threaten the Earth’s climate.  The proposal, which will apply to both new and existing oil and gas… Keep reading →

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pledges to start 2016 “hitting the ground running” to build on a “monumental” 2015. In a blog post last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled her agency will continue its focus on methane and carbon regulations. Absent from EPA’s plans was any acknowledgement that methane and carbon emissions are already down. Recognizing… Keep reading →

Volkswagen TDI

Citing German privacy laws, Volkswagen has refused to provide emails or other communications among its executives to attorneys general in the United States, impeding American investigations into the company’s emissions-cheating scandal. [The NY Times] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to support energy efficiency and… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

On December 21, 2015, the EPA Administrator signed off on a fairly lengthy package of proposed changes to the GHG Reporting Rule.

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

On December 4, 2015, the nine member states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released the results of their 30th quarterly carbon auction (Auction 30) held on December 2. All allowances were sold at a clearing price of $7.50 each, generating approximately $115.3 million. The clearing price reached a new high, in line with… Keep reading →

ARPAE blog

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and the President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim will serve as keynote speakers for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit, which will be held from Feb.… Keep reading →

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