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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Dakota and the Midwest shipped out an average of 732,000 barrels of crude per day in January, according to monthly statistics on crude-by-rail movements released for the first time Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.
Republicans may be urging states to turn their backs on Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, but Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is gearing Missouri up to cooperate, going so far as to send officials to an EPA “policy academy” on ways to meet the new standards, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
New driller Independence Resources Management LLC -- which intends to focus on unconventional shale plays in places like the Anadarko Basin – is getting $500 million in backing from private equity firm Warburg Pincus, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Even with solar installations of their own, most customers would be better off financially staying connected to the grid, according to a study in the journal Energy Policy, The Washington Post reports.
An amended lawsuit filed by Petrobras investors in New York last week claims that auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers ignored "obvious red flags" that should have tipped it to a fraud and money laundering scheme, Bloomberg reports.