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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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."
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.
Environmental Protection Agency proposals to limit carbon emissions from power plants envision generating more electricity from natural gas, but to do so would require substantial improvements in infrastructure like pipelines, according to Oglethorpe Power CEO Mike Smith, Platts reports.
An effort to repeal a change in Alaska’s oil taxes -- which got companies off the hook for big surcharges -- has gone down to a narrow defeat, according to unofficial results from the state Division of Elections, Reuters reports, noting that official results won’t be posted until Sept. 2.
Oil prices have resumed slipping on strong supplies and data showing slowing Chinese factory output in August, a warning of lower demand. U.S. benchmark crude stood around 70 cents down at $92.75 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 90 cents to $101.38, Reuters reports.
Energy-rich states led the country in economic expansion in the last quarter of 2013, with North Dakota and Wyoming topping the list with an 8.4 percent growth rate, followed by West Virginia and Louisiana, according to data published Wednesday by the Commerce Department, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ethanol production increased 6,000 barrels a day in the week ending Aug. 15 to 937,000 barrels a day, pushing stocks in the country up to 8.251 million barrels, according to Energy Information Administration data released Wednesday, Platts reports.
Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.
Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. and the target of ads by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate group for his positions, attended a brief meeting with scientists this week who explained their views about the threat posed by global warming, the Orlando Sentinel reports.