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.
Efficiency targets for Xcel Energy in Colorado from 2015-2020 will be higher than the company wanted, but less than the state’s Public Utilities Commission originally proposed, the Denver Business Journal reports.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary is visiting Detroit to mark the city's progress installing energy-efficient LED streetlights.
Secretary Ernest Moniz plans to speak Thursday afternoon at the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program. He's expected to discuss the installation project that includes the participation of the Energy Department, the city, its Public Lighting Authority and others.
The Senate vote Monday that failed to advance the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill revealed a split among its 14 co-sponsors, with three Republican supporters voting against a motion to end a Republican filibuster and move to final passage.
Among the others, 10 voted to stop the filibuster, leaving Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the only one of the group to miss the vote. It was unclear which group she would have joined, as she declined on Tuesday to say whether how she would have voted on the motion.
"I have not said how I would have voted," she remarked in the Capitol.
Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation failed to advance in the Senate on Monday, as backers were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster.
The 55-36 vote fell short of the 60-vote margin needed to end general debate.
The bill, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was expected to die after Republicans said last week they would not agree to an up-or-down vote offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. that did not allow them to offer amendments.
The defeat also ends an offer by Reid to hold a separate vote on a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Three of the seven Republican sponsors of the efficiency bill voted against the motion to end the filibuster. They were Hoeven, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
The vote likely means no energy legislation will move in the Senate this year, outside of a bill to renew expired tax breaks that includes incentives for renewable energy production, alternative vehicles and biofuels.
Senators failed to reach a deal Wednesday on energy efficiency and Keystone XL pipeline legislation, dooming action on both unless a last-minute breakthrough is made.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked Republicans from offering up to five amendments to a non-controversial efficiency incentives bill by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, including one to approve the Keystone project.
Within days of the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s second ranking official, Bob Perciasepe, was leaving, Craig Hooks, the agency’s top human resources official who has come in for increasing scrutiny in the wake of the John Beale scandal, has sent out an email to staff announcing his own departure, E&E reports.
EU states are expected to agree to final details Tuesday on a tougher round of against Russia over the Ukraine crisis -– including an arms sales embargo and restrictions on energy technology -- after the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy discussed the measures in a conference call with President Obama, Reuters reports.
Murray Energy, the coal company that’s challenging the Obama administration’s carbon rule as well as protections for miners over coal dust, is being targeted by a radio ad from Public Citizen, The Hill reports.
With signs of weaker demand and the current international crises not appearing to be cutting into crude supplies, prices continued to decline Monday, Bloomberg reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery fell 42 cents to settle at $101.67 a barrel on the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude declined 82 cents to $107.57.
An oil tanker anchored off Galveston is filled with disputed Kurdish crude that has been claimed by Iraq, according to AET Offshore services, which has been hired to unload it and is asking a district court in Texas to rule on Iraq's claim, Reuters reports.
An ad for West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant, in which she vows to stand up to leaders with anti-coal policies, shows her flipping a switch in the state that appears to turn lights off in the White House, The Hill reports.
General Mills -– maker of Cheerios and other well known breakfast cereals -– says it will set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain, a move applauded by Oxfam, National Journal reports.