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.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday lifted a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, although legal arguments on challenges to some aspects of the regulation are set to take place next March, E&E reports.
Producers for American Crude Exports, or PACE, for short, is made up of more than a dozen independent oil companies who would like to see the decades-old U.S. ban on crude exports overturned, Reuters reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has cleared the Constitution pipeline on its environmental impact, leaving Commissioners to make the final decision on the project, which is intended to add some 650 million cubic feet of natural gas capacity in New York and New England, FuelFix reports.
If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves changes that PJM Interconnection will suggest to the rules, it’s possible the wholesale electricity market manager might find a way to keep a demand response program going despite legal challenges, E&E reports.
Rising global supply and sluggish demand were continuing to weigh on oil prices. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery dropped $1.08 to settle at $81.01 a barrel on the Nymex, $1.74 lower than the price a week ago, while Brent finished at $86.13, a loss of 70 cents on the day and 3 cents less than last Friday’s settlement price, Reuters reports.
ConocoPhillips, alongside partners including BP and Exxon Mobil, has announced what it says is the first new drilling in the North Slope’s Kuparuk River Field in nearly a dozen years, a well to come on line in 2016 that will add 8,000 barrels a day of production, Platts reports.
In one of the most hotly contested and expensive House races in the country, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is battling against Republican candidate Evan Jenkins and powerful conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers, The New York Times reports.
Kristin Jacobs – who has turned in a strong performance in her campaign to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a flood-prone Miami district – is one of a number of candidates who are successfully pressing climate change as an issue even when polls say it’s not a top voter concern, The New York Times reports.
Opower says pilot programs run in Vermont and Southern California over the summer, which involved contacting customers to ask them to go easier on their air conditioning and then reporting back to them on how much electricity they saved compared to their neighbors, cut usage by nearly 3 percent on a number of hot days, The Washington Post reports.