The head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. told a conference Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could result in electricity shortages in mid-America and in the Northeast, Platts reports.
BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen wound up there as slaves and were forced to catch seafood that could eventually end up being exported to the United States and elsewhere.
A week after The Associated Press published a yearlong investigation into the problem — including showing men locked in a company cage — delegations from Thailand and Indonesia visited the island village of Benjina. Officials from Myanmar are scheduled to visit the area next week to try to determine how many of their citizens are stuck there and what can be done to bring them home.
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered sweeping and unprecedented measures to save water in California. A survey that day found the snowpack, which supplies a third of the state's water, almost completely vanished.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The 32-page "2014 Sage-Grouse Inventory" released Thursday by the Western Governors' Association identifies conservation work during the year and is accompanied by a 101-page appendix listing efforts since 2011.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.
The announcement comes just days after the government of the U.S. territory obtained a two-week extension from creditors as the company prepares for a potential restructuring. The Electric Energy Authority holds nearly $9 billion in debt and owes investors some $400 million by July.
Senate Republicans are giving fresh scrutiny to the science the Environmental Protection Agency uses in crafting regulations, demanding the agency’s chief turn over data on climate models and projections.
Four Environment and Public Works Committee members, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., sent a letter Wednesday accusing Administrator Gina McCarthy of evading questions on climate forecasts at a budget hearing last month.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June.
Iran and six world powers had cited progress in abandoning their March 31 deadline for the basic understanding that would prepare the ground for a new phase of negotiations on a substantive deal.
But as differences persisted into late Wednesday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry was postponing his departure and would remain until at least Thursday morning.
A watchdog group's analysis shows that, out of the nearly 900 resolutions shareholders have brought to companies' annual meetings this year, nearly half are concerned with environmental and social issues, and 40 percent of those relate to climate change, energy and sustainability, E&E reports.
The Hill quotes a top lobbyist from America’s Natural Gas Alliance as saying that imposing a new tax on the natural gas industry, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., would threaten the state's energy boom and “doesn’t make any sense.”
Oil prices dropped as the dollar continued to gain on currency markets Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude fell 52 cents to settle at $57.51 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slid 2.6 percent, or $1.66, to $62.06, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.
Officials are investigating the cause of the discharge of oily water into the Piscataqua River from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which didn’t appear to have harmed wildlife or causeed any pollution onshore, the Bangor Daily News reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to reject a state’s air pollution plan, according to an appeals court ruling in a case brought by Kansas challenging authorities under the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, The Hill reports.