BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.
The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.
Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.
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.
TransCanada has filed an application running more than 30,000 pages with the country’s National Energy Board, seeking approval of the Energy East pipeline which would carry Alberta oil sands crude east, a process likely to take some 18 months, The Canadian Press reports.
A poll conducted for news organizations in South Dakota found that voters in the state –- which is in the process of renewing an expired permit for it -- overwhelmingly back the Keystone XL pipeline, although the issue does not appear on the November ballot, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.
A Hart research poll commissioned by three environmental groups finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed in five swing states would be more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who wants to take action against climate change, and 68 percent back one looking to expand renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Delta Airlines subsidiary Monroe Energy has written to the Surface Transportation Board -- in a letter posted online Wednesday -- complaining that delays to crude-by-rail deliveries are severely disrupting its operations, E&E reports.
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision to finish its asset-purchase program pumped up the dollar Thursday, which sent oil prices down. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $1.08 to finish trading on the Nymex at $81.12 a barrel, while in London Brent lost 1 percent, or 88 cents to settle at $86.24, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
Net income in the third quarter for midstream operator Enterprise Products Partners was 18 percent higher, at $699 million, compared to the year-ago period, on bigger fees and a larger volume of crude flowing through its pipelines, FuelFix reports.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
James Famiglietti, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has written a commentary published in the journal Nature Climate Change, backed by new satellite data, which warns that groundwater supplies in the world’s most arid places are continuing to dry up, E&E reports.