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Cross border energy projects need improved approval process: Green

Source: 
FuelFix

Houston Rep. Gene Green, D-Tex., says the current process for getting international projects like pipelines approved makes no sense anymore, which is why he and Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., are pushing a bill to streamline it, FuelFix reports.

NYC launches programs to protect its water supply

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wary of more big storms washing out towns and churning up debris around its distant reservoirs, New York City will buy homes and businesses in flood zones and reduce local hazards.

The one-two punch of tropical storms Irene and Lee in late summer 2011 has prompted an additional $70 million of spending by the city to combat flood hazards. Though not universally embraced among the rural upstate communities, city officials say the programs will protect the water consumed by 9 million people while helping the towns that participate.

Moniz appears at Colorado Energy Forum

Golden, Colo., May 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appears at Colorado Energy Forum hosted by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. 

Colo. PUC lowers Xcel’s efficiency targets

Source: 
Denver Business Journal

Efficiency targets for Xcel Energy in Colorado from 2015-2020 will be higher than the company wanted, but less than the state’s Public Utilities Commission originally proposed, the Denver Business Journal reports.

White House touts energy policies as rules loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.

In a 42-page report to be released Thursday, the White House argues that significant increases in the domestic production of natural gas and reductions in oil consumption have better positioned the United States to advance its economic and environmental goals.

Oklahoma oil, gas tax to rise as governor signs bill

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Oil and gas companies in Oklahoma will pay a 2 percent tax on a well’s output for the first two years of its life and 7 percent thereafter, under a measure Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Wednesday that takes effect next year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Ohio vote illustrates growing opposition to green energy policies

Source: 
The New York Times

Ohio’s original law setting green energy targets had been passed in 2008 on a wave of consensus, standing in marked contrast to Wednesday’s contentious vote in the state legislature to freeze them, The New York Times reports.

Podesta criticizes Chamber attack on power plants rule

Source: 
The Hill

Senior White House advisor John Podesta took to Twitter to condemn a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report which calculated a high cost for the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency rule regulating power plant carbon emissions, saying the business lobby was wrong in its assessment and calling it “a broken record,” The Hill reports.

TRC won't blame drilling for water contamination

HOUSTON (AP) — The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released Wednesday.

The state Railroad Commission has found that the contamination has gotten worse in most of the private water wells it tested in September 2013 compared with what was measured in 2010 and in 2011. However, Peter Pope, the agency geologist who signed off on the report, wrote that staff "has determined that the evidence is insufficient to conclude that Barnett Shale production activities have caused or contributed to methane contamination beneath the neighborhood."

Ohio lawmakers OK pause in green energy targets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A contentious bill delaying phase-in of Ohio's renewable energy targets for two years has cleared the Republican-led state Legislature and is headed to GOP Gov. John Kasich.

The bill cleared the House 53-38 Wednesday amid objections from Democrats. Senators agreed to House changes.

The measure delays implementation of goals set in 2008 for the use of renewable and advanced energy by Ohio utilities and creates a 12-member legislative commission to review the issue. After earlier attempts at effectively repealing the mandates failed, Kasich brokered a compromise allowing them to resume in 2017 if lawmakers fail to act.

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