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New energy bill delays Ohio green targets 2 years

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.

Oil

End sought to western Pa. summer gas requirement

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.

Feds order Ga. to fix dust plans at power plants

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."

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum Day 2

Washington, May 13, 2014, 8:30 am

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum concludes. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Rob Portman to deliver luncheon speeches. 

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum Day 1

Washington, May 12, 2014, 8:00 am

2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum begins. Energy Department's Glenn Schatz speaks on afternoon panel. Continues Tuesday.

House Science hearing on space traffic management

Washington, May 9, 2014, 10:00 am

House Science, Space and Technology Space Subcommittee hearing, "Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life 'Gravity.' U.S. Strategic Command, FAA, FCC witnesses.

Senate Energy hearing on FERC nominees Bay, LaFleur

Washington, May 20, 2014, 10:15 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on nominations of Norman C. Bay to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Cheryl A. LaFleur to a second term.

Senate Environment subcommittee hearing on polluted transportation stormwater runoff

Washington, May 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing, "Solving the Problem of Polluted Transportation Infrastructure Stormwater Runoff." Witnesses to be announced.

Senate Energy hearing on pending USGS, DOI, EPA nominations

Washington, May 13, 2014, 10:00 am

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.

EPA extends comment period on formaldehyde rule

Source: 
The Hill

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.

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