The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
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.
Grid operators and utilities will bring their arguments Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule requiring them to offer incentives to customers who cut electricity use during peak demand, E&E reports.
A bill signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf last week clarifies the legal liabilities involved when a driller uses mine water in the hydraulic fracturing process, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles Monday is citing California emissions laws in demanding Volkswagen immediately buy back diesel vehicles caught up in the company’s emissions testing scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Data from China showing the country imported more crude last month, alongside bargain hunting after Monday’s price collapse, were helping to support oil early Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.2 percent to $47.64 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 1.3 percent to $50.88, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Johnson Controls Inc. is putting lithium-ion batteries into energy storage systems at the Merchandise Mart building in Chicago and in a U.S. military base in Puerto Rico, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
United Parcel Service vehicles running on alternative fuel have logged more than 500 million miles, more than halfway to the company goal of hitting a billion miles by 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.