A report from the International Council on Clean Transportation found that U.S. airlines failed to improve their fuel efficiency last year, a trend attributed in part to their retention of older aircraft, which may well continue as the recent slump in oil prices is easing pressure on them to cut their consumption, FuelFix reports.
In the wake of U.S. penalties that will cost them $350 million for overstating fuel economy figures, Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors pledged to raise average fuel economy by 25 percent by the end of the decade, Reuters reports.
Standards to improve the efficiency of fast-charging power cords for cellphones and computers will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Nov. 21, the Department of Energy said Monday, The Hill reports.
The Obama administration and automakers Hyundai and Kia announced on Monday they've agreed to a record-setting $100 million fine that will end a federal investigation into allegations of inflated mileage claims, the largest ever under the Clean Air Act.
The settlement stems from findings two years ago by EPA that Hyundai and Kia, with three other companies in the Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea, reported inaccurate mileage testing results for 1.2 million 2012 and 2013 model year cars and sport utility vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a record $100 million civil fine under the Clean Air Act to settle allegations that it overstated the mileage of certain 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
The companies, part of the South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Group, will also spend $50 million to correct their certification process and forfeit more than $200 million worth of greenhouse gas credits, the agency said in a joint statement with the Justice Department.
EPA said the claimed mileage for some 1.2 million vehicles was overstated from one to six miles per gallon, based on tests it conducted in 2012. The companies revised their mileage estimates downward for 2011-2013 model year cars and sport utility vehicles, and reimbursed owners for their additional fuel costs.
The companies did not admit liability in the settlement and maintained that they complied with the law.
The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period and review by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy holds media teleconference to release its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Speakers include NARUC President Colette Honorable, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
An agreement by the Environmental Protection Agency on standards for Argentinian biofuel makers to get credits in the U.S. could be a significant step toward opening the American market to imports, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks last week hit a two-year high of more than 20.6 million barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the rise came despite production inching down by 1,000 barrels a day, Platts reports.
Stung by lower oil and gasoline prices and raking in less from asset sales, Hess Corp. lost $8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of more than $1.9 billion in the period a year earlier, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite the Obama administration opening up the Atlantic to drilling in its proposed five-year leasing plan, major new projects are unlikely to proceed as long as oil prices remain under $50 a barrel, E&E reports.
The U.S. saw 4,850 megawatts of wind capacity added in 2014, more than four times the amount installed a year earlier, according to statistics from the trade group the American Wind Energy Association, which noted that much of the growth came in Texas, Bloomberg reports.
Releasing data on animal feeding operations to environmental groups under a Freedom of Information Act request didn’t harm the farmers involved, according to a ruling from federal Judge Ann Montgomery in Minnesota, who on Tuesday dismissed a motion for a summary judgment in the case, E&E reports.
Opower, which works with utilities to get reductions in customers’ energy use, has found that there is a drop during the Super Bowl, and in its Outlier blog presents the theory that watching TV in groups rather than as individuals is partly responsible, The Washington Post reports.
Climate modeling isn’t biased toward making links between human activity and climate change, according to a study published in the journal Nature online Wednesday, although researchers did find that studying 62-year trends – rather than 15-year periods -- gave a more accurate portrayal of mankind’s impact, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Businessman Eike Batista, on trial in Brazil for market manipulation, has quit as chairman and board member of Oleo e Gas Participacoes, which is reorganizing following its filing for bankruptcy protection in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports.