WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil is pledging to restore millions of acres of forests and expand renewable energy as part of its commitment to a budding global climate treaty.
In the electricity sector, the U.S. and Brazil are jointly announcing intentions to increase their share of non-hydropower renewable sources to 20 percent by 2030.
Brazil is previewing elements of its pledge as part of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's official visit to the White House. She's meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
The White House says Brazil will restore and reforest 12 million hectares by 2030. That's an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. Brazil also plans to expand renewable energy sources other than hydropower to between 28 percent and 33 percent of its total energy mix by 2030.
While Hawaii is becoming a "laboratory" for clean energy, with 21 percent of its power coming from renewables, the state's grid is also facing challenges from intermittent power and more rooftop solar, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Interior Department’s Inspector General faults the National Park Service for letting officials—including Vice President Joe Biden and former EPA chief Lisa Jackson—stay at Brinkerhoff Lodge in Wyoming for little or no money, and for failing to maintain sufficient safety standards at the facility, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should go beyond proposed international standards and seek to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025, a group of House Democrats told EPA in a letter, The Hill reports.
Minutes released from the Federal Reserve indicating a move to increase interest rates would be delayed, coupled with increasing concerns about the impact of the growing Syrian conflict, drove oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery briefly topped $50 a barrel before ending the trading day at $49.43, an increase of $1.62, while in London, Brent rose $1.72, or 3.4 percent, to $53.05, Marketwatch reports.
Energy Information Administration data showing an increase of 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in producer stockpiles last week—a smaller number than expected—helped prices gain 2.4 cents Thursday to settle at $2.498 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. is selling its oil and gas interests in northeast Colorado—which include more than 1,600 wells—to a partnership led by local private equity firm The Broe Group for $900 million, The Denver Post reports.
Entergy Corp., which bought the Rhode Island State Energy Center four years ago for $346 million, is now planning to sell the power plant to private equity firm The Carlyle Group for nearly $500 million, FuelFix reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says most of her company's power generation will come from natural gas in the future, with increasing emphasis on renewables and battery storage, but the utility's plans for nuclear plant construction are less certain, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
A consortium of national laboratories, led by Los Alamos, is working to improve polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to get them to the point where they are commercially viable, the Los Alamos Daily Post reported on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The mayor of Flint, alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, announced Thursday that authorities will be spending $12 million to restore the city’s connection with the Detroit water system, after evidence was uncovered linking its existing water supply with increased lead levels in some children’s blood, The New York Times reports.