Whirlpool is threatening to pull out of Energy Star unless Congress moves to ban class action lawsuits stemming from the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, a process already begun with legislation introduced by Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, The New York Times reports.
For those looking at fuel economy strictly to save money, buying a standard gasoline-powered vehicle may be the way to go, according to data analysis from the Energy Information Administration.
In part that’s because of what the EIA calls the "diminishing returns" in fuel savings – the higher the efficiency to start with, the less effect there will be from improving it by a few miles per gallon.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday rolled out a plan to allow new, more climate-friendly refrigerants it said would cut greenhouse gas emissions without harming the atmospheric ozone layer.
In a proposal made available for public comment, EPA listed five alternative refrigerant chemicals as substitutes for ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons in six uses. Those include home and commercial air conditioners, freezers and vending machines, among other applications.
The House has approved two energy measures on a voice vote: One to establish an office within the Energy Department to coordinate efficiency programs in schools, and another to require the department to study insulation in federal buildings, The Hill reports.
Over the past six years, the average fuel efficiency of cars purchased in the U.S. has increased by more than 4 miles per gallon, according to the Consumer Federation of America, which predicts the trend will continue, The Hill reports.
Boxes to run cable and satellite TV have become the second biggest users of energy in U.S. homes after air conditioning, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that the devices could be as efficient as smart phones but there haven’t been incentives pushing such improvements.
Mileage ratings on six Fords in the 2013-14 model year – including Fiestas, plug-in and hybrid versions of the Fusion and C-Max and a hybrid Lincoln – have been lowered by up to seven miles per gallon, The New York Times reports.
China processed 10.3 million barrels of oil a day in September, a record analysts -- who say companies are replenishing their stockpiles -- attribute to the drop in crude prices, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oil prices gained early Tuesday on news of record demand in China in September. Crude increased 55 cents, bringing the U.S. benchmark to $83.26 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent hit $85.95, Reuters reports.
Monday’s settlement for November natural gas futures on the Nymex – down 9.6 cents to $3.67 per million British thermal units – represents an 11-month low, and analysts told Platts a mild weather forecast for the month will likely reinforce the sluggish trend.
Despite recent improvements in the numbers, oil and gas firms still have more deaths from explosions and fires than any other private industry and carelessness is still a problem, according to E&E’s review of federal statistics.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has sent a second letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy about the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, this time demanding a full cost analysis in the face of what he calls “the flaws and deficiencies in EPA’s modeling,” The Hill reports.
The reduction in the federal investment tax credit that’s due to take effect at the end of 2016 will drive a wave of consolidation that will leave six to 12 major players in the solar industry, an analyst predicted at the start of the Solar Power International conference in Las Vegas, Bloomberg reports.
Tesoro Logistics is getting into the natural gas business, picking up assets from QEP Resources in Colorado, Utah and North Dakota in a deal with a $2.5 billion price tag, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Taking the first formal step in the process to limit strontium in drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a preliminary determination to regulate levels of the substance and will take public comment on the matter, The Hill reports.