A diverse coalition of businesses, scientists, environmentalists and former agency officials signed a petition letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposing the proposed 358-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar project and seeking to preserve the land near the Mojave National Preserve, E&E reports.
Officials from two local communities were among those to support measures backing solar power development in Maine, while utilities and state officials expressed concern, the Portland Press Herald reports.
The amount of new wind power – nearly 4,900 megawatts worth – quadrupled last year, compared to 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which said that Colorado added the most jobs in the sector, The Denver Post reports.
Seeking to fill two key Department of Transportation posts that have been vacant for months, President Barack Obama has nominated Marie Therese Dominguez to become the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Sarah Feinberg to the top job at the Federal Railroad Administration, The Hill reports.
The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.
A pause in dollar gains and a drop in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. sent prices skyrocketing Friday. U.S. benchmark crude leaped 4.5 percent, or $2.62, to settle at $60.30 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent soared $2.98 - 4.8 percent - to $65.56, Reuters reports.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the advocacy group Public Citizen have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging that Dynegy Inc. manipulated electricity markets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Energy Information Administration is struggling to make accurate projections in an era of volatile energy prices, surging renewable energy, and global warming, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The goal that Kansas utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources is now nonbinding rather than a mandate, as Gov. Sam Brownback has signed compromise energy legislation hammered out between the wind industry and its critics, The Associated Press reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.