Policy

Building efficiency competition success for EPA

Source: 
E&E

The Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 5,500 entrants in the National Building Competition last year -– battling each other to see who can save the most energy –- is a far cry from the 14 who took part when EPA started the contest in 2010, E&E reports.

EPA encourages putting clean energy on contaminated sites

Source: 
E&E

Tangent Energy Solutions’ construction of solar panels on the E.I. Dupont Superfund site in Delaware shows how renewable energy can spring from contaminated land, E&E reports.

McCarthy addresses National Council for Science and the Environment

Washington, January 27, 2015, 9:00 am

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment. Conference continues through Thursday.

U.K.: MPs reject fracking suspension but impose more conditions

Source: 
BBC

In Britain, the House of Commons has voted 308-52 to reject a proposal backed by an environment committee which would have imposed a 30-month moratorium on drilling for shale gas, BBC news reports.

Int'l financing package will help set up Jamaica wind farm

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A branch of the World Bank is helping set up nearly $63 million in financing to help create and operate a new wind farm in Jamaica, which has long struggled with punishing electricity costs and a near total dependence on imported oil.

The International Finance Corporation says the installation is expected to sell 36 megawatts of power to the island's sole electrical utility.

Oil

BP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The second week of a three-week trial is set to begin Monday in New Orleans. Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

Elderly leadership an issue among Gulf Arab states

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The death of Saudi King Abdullah last week highlights a regional problem – the aging of leaders from the United Arab Emirates to Oman to Kuwait, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Flare-up in Ukraine prompts more sanctions talk

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The prospect of fresh sanctions against Russia in the wake of a deadly missile attack in eastern Ukraine is being mentioned, although The Wall Street Journal reports that getting the U.S. and the European Union to agree on any would be a major challenge.

Political fights may compound Alaska’s budget woes

Source: 
The New York Times

Newly elected Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, has talked about spending cuts and hinted at possible new taxes to fill the gaping hole left in the state’s budget by the collapse of oil prices, but a Republican-controlled legislature filled with allies of Sean Parnell, the man he defeated in the November election, may make getting approval for his policy changes difficult, if not impossible, The New York Times reports.

Solar investment affected as tax credits decrease

Source: 
The New York Times

Investment in major solar projects is slowing because tax credits that are a major incentive for them are shrinking in 2016, The New York Times reports.

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