The House approved an amendment to a bill speeding permit decisions for onshore oil drilling that would halve Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management funding for wind and solar energy permits, The Hill reports.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery.
Standard & Poor's has given a rating to SolarCity's first bond offering, marking the first attempt for a solar company to sell notes backed by solar power payments in the U.S., The New York Times reports.
President Barack Obama has named another former colleague of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to join his leadership team at the Energy Department.
The White House said late Thursday that Obama will nominate Marc Kastner to become director of the department science office. He is currently the dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Science.
Obama also moved to fill another top department science position by nominating Stanford University petroleum engineering professor Franklin "Lynn" Orr to become the department's under secretary for science and energy, the White House said.
Environmental Protection Agency proposals to limit carbon emissions from power plants envision generating more electricity from natural gas, but to do so would require substantial improvements in infrastructure like pipelines, according to Oglethorpe Power CEO Mike Smith, Platts reports.
An effort to repeal a change in Alaska’s oil taxes -- which got companies off the hook for big surcharges -- has gone down to a narrow defeat, according to unofficial results from the state Division of Elections, Reuters reports, noting that official results won’t be posted until Sept. 2.
Oil prices have resumed slipping on strong supplies and data showing slowing Chinese factory output in August, a warning of lower demand. U.S. benchmark crude stood around 70 cents down at $92.75 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 90 cents to $101.38, Reuters reports.
Energy-rich states led the country in economic expansion in the last quarter of 2013, with North Dakota and Wyoming topping the list with an 8.4 percent growth rate, followed by West Virginia and Louisiana, according to data published Wednesday by the Commerce Department, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ethanol production increased 6,000 barrels a day in the week ending Aug. 15 to 937,000 barrels a day, pushing stocks in the country up to 8.251 million barrels, according to Energy Information Administration data released Wednesday, Platts reports.
Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.
Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. and the target of ads by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate group for his positions, attended a brief meeting with scientists this week who explained their views about the threat posed by global warming, the Orlando Sentinel reports.