COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal headed to the Ohio House freezes state-set targets for the amount of energy that utilities must produce from renewable sources such as solar and wind, but stops short of repealing the targets permanently.
The closely watched bill cleared the Ohio Senate just after 1 a.m. Thursday, about 15 hours after a compromise was struck. Lawmakers who initially sought to permanently freeze phasing in the 7-year-old standards backed off Wednesday.
The Republican-led Senate worked with Gov. John Kasich on an alternative that pauses progress on the targets for two years as a legislative committee looks at the issue.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Drivers in parts of western Pennsylvania see gas prices rise each summer due to a regulatory requirement aimed at reducing emissions, but that could change starting next year.
Officials decided in 1999 to require gas stations in a seven-county region around Pittsburgh to switch to a "summer blend" of gasoline from May to mid-September.
The state House approved a bill Monday to seek an end to the regulations, and the state Senate approved House amendments to its measure on Wednesday. If approved, the change would have to be approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal environmental officials are requiring that Georgia regulators better explain how a major utility will prevent dust from escaping coal-fired power plants.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy ruled that Georgia's Environmental Protection Division did not include enough information in the permits for five power plants to explain how they would prevent dust particles from escaping the site.
Her ruling published Thursday affects the air permits for the Hammond, Kraft, McIntosh, Wansley and Scherer plants operated by Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power. An environmental group, GreenLaw, had challenged several aspects of those permits, including that state regulators failed to include concrete steps meant to control dust buildups. Instead, the permits required that the plants take "reasonable precautions."
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on nomination of Suzette M. Kimball to be director of the United States Geological Survey; Estevan R. Lopez to be Commissioner of Reclamation; and Monica C. Regalbuto to be EPA Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management.
The comment period on proposed new rules to regulate formaldehyde in composite wood products has been extended to May 26, the Environmental Protection Agency said, noting that it received a late contribution from a California agency, The Hill reports.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have reportedly reached agreement on a temporary fix for the highway funding crisis, so that is likely to be one of the accomplishments for lawmakers during a busy week ahead of their summer recess, National Journal reports.
Easing overseas demand, an oversupply of crude and weaker refining margins are combining to keep the pressure on crude prices despite ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine Monday, Reuters reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude fell 68 cents to $101.41 a barrel, while Brent crude dropped 66 cents to $107.73.
Republicans used their weekly broadcast to attack President Obama’s climate policy, which they say amounts to a “war on coal.” This week the address was delivered by Rep. Steve Daines of Montana, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. John Walsh for his seat, The Hill reports.
Despite ongoing concerns from the farming community – where her outreach efforts have had mixed success -- and continuing opposition from Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is refusing to back down from WOTUS, or Waters of the United States, the EPA’s proposed rule outlining which bodies of water it has jurisdiction over, National Journal reports.
The decision about lifting the ban on crude exports should rest on what’s good for the overall economy, not just what’s good for refiners, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told Platts Energy Week on Sunday.
The fight against a charge Rocky Mountain Power wants to impose on net metering customers is generating strong feelings in Utah and attracting attention from elsewhere around the country, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Although Commerce Department moves to slap duties on Chinese solar products are preliminary, they have already triggered an increase in prices and appear to have helped companies like SolarCity and SolarWorld, The New York Times reports.
International efforts to control emissions ahead of the next round of climate talks have been hit hard by Australia repealing its pioneering carbon tax, which has left Europe isolated in its efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russia will overcome any economic difficulties caused by Western sanctions over Ukraine, but also won’t respond with “hysterics” that descend into tit-for-tat impositions of retaliatory measures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists Monday, Reuters reports.