New federal environmental regulations could lead to rolling blackouts in the Midwest by the summer of 2016 unless action is taken to boost reserve generating capacity, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told House lawmakers on Thursday.
"We're looking at, potentially, some pretty tight situations in the Midwest...perhaps as early as the summer of 2015 but certainly as soon as the summer of 2016," said Commissioner Philip Moeller at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's energy subcommittee.
After only a few months on the job as the nation's top pollution regulator, Administrator Gina McCarthy has already come to the conclusion that the Environmental Protection Agency's problem is not the mission, but the message.
"I really want EPA to maintain the stature that it has internationally and it has with the American people, of being the best science agency that knows how to do the science and turn it into real-life improvements for Americans. We are not telling that story," she told an audience at the left-leaning Center for American Progress on Monday.
That stance puts her in line with her boss, President Barack Obama, who exudes a can-do spirit about the actions government can take to right society's problems.
Yet, like him, she has to be careful not to underplay the difficulties in putting into practice a climate plan that is expected to reshape the American energy market and could put coal power on a slow decline.
As China's push for cleaner energy boosts demand for high-grade coal, Chinese energy companies are looking to purchase mining assets in Australia and Mozambique but are waiting for further price decreases, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is headed to China next month on a bilateral trip to strengthen climate change cooperation with the world's top carbon emitter.
An EPA spokeswoman said specific details of McCarthy's itinerary were not yet available. The trip was revealed by the left-leaning Center for American Progress in an announcement of McCarthy's appearance at its Washington offices on Dec. 2 to talk up U.S-China climate cooperation and President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said the organization is in the process of figuring out how to shift its target for getting the United States off fossil fuels in the power sector to 2030, 20 years earlier than its current goal of 2050, National Journal reports.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.N.'s chief climate diplomat on Monday urged the coal industry to diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world's remaining coal reserves in the ground.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution office on Wednesday said the Obama administration has "serious concerns" about the draft of a power plants carbon bill by coal-state lawmakers Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Ed Whitfield.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe said in written testimony published in advance of a House hearing on Thursday that the bill would delay power sector carbon cuts, add regulatory uncertainty to new plant proposals and stall clean energy innovation.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.