The head of the agency that oversees the reliability of the U.S. electric power system said Wednesday her agency is prepared to serve as an “honest broker” among stakeholders as it launches a series of technical hearings on the proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners that the integration of FERC’s work with EPA’s various environmental proposals “has the most ideological and political overtones of anything we've seen,” and she promised to facilitate an open conversation in the carbon rule hearings, scheduled to start Thursday.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway may have been selling energy stocks in the fourth quarter, but other funds –- such as Third Point, Omega Advisors and Viking Global Investors -- were buying, The New York Times reports, citing Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
A joint effort by the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency – kicked off at a signing ceremony attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy -- will expand U.S. efforts to track overseas pollution, with diplomatic posts being used as monitoring stations and the data gathered to be posted on www.airnow.gov, The Hill reports.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, says the departure of John Kitzhaber as Oregon governor because of questions about his fiancee’s consulting business should fuel further scrutiny into the activities of environmental groups, Politico reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is designating three new national monuments for protection as historic or ecologically significant sites, including the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago where African-American railroad workers won a historic labor agreement.
The White House said Obama will be in his hometown Thursday to announce the Pullman National Monument.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his swift fall from grace.
Brown assumed Oregon's highest office during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Brown, formerly the secretary of state, becomes the first openly bisexual governor in the nation.
For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.
Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program, became available in 45 Energy Star models starting Presidents' Day weekend, according to the EPA.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy said Wednesday it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant.
The details are contained in an earnings report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The U.S. attorney's office in Raleigh began the investigation after a February 2014 spill at Duke's Eden plant coated more than 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.
The man who took over Interior Department oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster – Michael Bromwich -- has expressed concern that safety could be a tempting area for cuts as companies tighten their belts in response to lower oil prices, National Journal reports.
After cutting 9,000 jobs - and announcing more cuts to come - as a result of the crude price crash, oil field services company Halliburton reported results above analysts’ expectation, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report of a drop in stockpiles at the Cushing delivery point helped support oil prices Monday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude settled 64 cents higher at $56.38 a barrel, having bounced around in a $2 spread throughout the day, while in London Brent finished flat at $63.45.
On the fifth anniversary of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Americans United for Change is running an ad campaign linking repeal of the renewable fuel standard to a higher risk of more spills, The Hill reports.
As the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its regulations for the disposal of coal ash, Dominion Virginia Power announced it would shut its coal ash ponds in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
A day before the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting power plant mercury emissions took effect last week, Rocky Mountain Power’s Carbon Power Plant – the oldest in Utah generating electricity from coal – went offline for good, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
After four years of European Union investigation, anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager is ready to file charges against Russian gas giant Gazprom for abusing its dominant position in the market, sources tell The New York Times.