PITTSBURGH (AP) — The nation's largest labor unions are ready and willing to help fight global warming, but are cautioning environmentalists that workers need new clean-energy jobs before existing industries are shut down.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada says the U.S. should pay more in hydropower for getting recreational and other benefits under an international treaty governing operations of the fourth-largest river in North America.
Network operators said Germany's surcharge for renewable energy would increase by 18 percent in 2014, increasing power bills and putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to cut back support for green energy, Reuters reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation, The Hill reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal
The shutdown of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster has pushed Japan to fossil fuels, leading to higher pollution and higher costs as the government prepares to release a long-term power security plan, Bloomberg reports.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Shell is promising the Obama administration that its equipment is ready and personnel properly trained for more Arctic drilling in 2014, reports Fuelfix, as the company outlines its plans for future exploratory operations following criticism of its past safety record.
Energy IPOs picked up nearly $6 billion in Wall Street investment in 2013, more than triple the amount the year before, says Fuelfix, which reports that many involve master limited partnerships, popular with pipeline companies.
A study commissioned by API and National Ocean Industries Association concludes that opening the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling would create 280,000 new jobs and boost investment and U.S. production, the Oil & Gas Journal reports.