A bipartisan push to advance energy efficiency legislation in the Senate got new life on Thursday with the introduction of a revised bill that repeals a mandate for federal buildings to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2030.
An official with a key advocacy group said the change, along with nine others added to a previous version that stalled on the Senate floor last fall, will help the new bill by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sen. Rob Portman get the 60 votes needed to advance past procedural hurdles.
Electricity sales fell in 2013 despite the continuing economic recovery in the U.S., which the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy believes is due to the impact of policies to encourage energy efficiency, ClimateWire reports.
Lawmakers return to Washington this week to get their first look at a revised bipartisan Senate energy efficiency bill, one that sponsors hope will attract enough Republican support to win passage.
Details of the final bill were not yet completed, an aide to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. But the aide said she and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plan to re-introduce their bill later this week with the addition of bipartisan amendments proposed last fall during a brief floor debate on their original version.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted his plan to set higher efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as "another big step" toward cutting oil imports, lower carbon emissions and job creation.
Backed by huge trucks at a Safeway grocery distribution plant in suburban Washington, Obama said he has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department to propose a new standard in consultation with truck makers by March, 2015 and complete it a year later.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said her province wouldn't boost regulations on carbon emissions from oil producers to press approval of the Keystone XL pipeline unless the U.S. agrees to implement similar rules on its industry, Blooomberg reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee hearing, "Lessons from state efficiency and renewable programs." Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, stakeholders to testify.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.
While power plants are the nation's No. 1 carbon emitter, it has long been known that businesses and homes also contribute to carbon dioxide pollution. Most of it comes from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.
Many of the participating cities — Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia and Salt Lake City — already are working toward making their building stock more energy efficient.
Los Angeles officials were hailing a $7 million energy saving remodeling job just completed on a Hilton hotel in the area, paid for through the county's Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
A day before arguments were due to be heard in court on the issue, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox handed over documents an environmental group had requested about the state’s decision to join in a protest over proposed fracking regulation on federal land, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to Enterprise Products Partners, which plans to build it, FuelFix reports.
With just over six months to go until November elections, a poll commissioned by The New York Times finds Senate incumbents vulnerable in four important Southern states, with Republicans having the edge but victory not out of reach for Democrats.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, in his well-publicized dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, has tapped into long-held Western resentment over extensive federal land ownership in the region, The New York Times reports.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
U.S. ethanol stocks last week gained 566,000 barrels to more than 16.5 million, a seven-week high, according to the Energy Information Administration, despite a slip in production that was anticipated as plants went offline for maintenance, Platts reports.
“Nobody knows” about Barack Obama’s thinking on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a White House spokesman tweeted Wednesday night, disputing a report in Rolling Stone that the president was likely to decide against the controversial project, National Journal reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.