Copenhagen’s use of LED lighting on the streets – combined with sensors and wireless communication – takes energy efficiency to new levels, but other cities, including Los Angeles, are also moving to take advantage of opportunities provided by the new technology, The New York Times reports.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced an energy efficiency bill Wednesday –- less extensive than the one that failed in May –- hoping to get the legislation passed before the end of the lame-duck congress, The Hill reports.
On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Environmentalists and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector are pushing Florida’s Public Service Commission to set tougher efficiency standards when it meets Tuesday to set targets through 2019, a move opposed by Florida Power & Light Co., the Sun Sentinel reports.
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.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.