Green groups -- including the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund -- rallied outside Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Tuesday to boost support for the EPA’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants as hearings about the regulations got underway, E&E reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for construction of LNG export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is being challenged by groups including the Sierra Club, which are asking the FERC for more environmental analysis, Platts reports.
Bill Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is headed to become chief of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, should be asked to leave his NRC post, groups including Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth wrote to President Obama, The Hill reports.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.
Group spokesman Paul Lindsay told The Associated Press on Monday that the group backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove is spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins airing statewide Tuesday. That's in addition to the $3.1 million in advertising time the group has reserved in Iowa as part of the $20-million blitz the group plans in Senate battleground states.
The Sierra Club is challenging the latest permit issued to the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. for a new coal-fired plant, claiming the state won’t regulate its carbon and toxic emissions and the permit is too similar to one rejected by the Kansas Supreme Court, The Associated Press reports.
The Sierra Club is slamming Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and the favorite to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, for what it calls his “flip” to oppose production tax credits for the wind industry, The Hill reports.
Twenty one House Republicans who’ve failed to back a restoration of the wind Production Tax Credit will be the target of ads by the Sierra Club accusing them of letting jobs in the sector “blow away,” The Hill reports.
Environmental groups -- including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters -- are flexing their political and activist muscle more than ever, The New York Times reports, noting that their support of the Obama administration rule limiting carbon emissions from existing coal-fired plants will be a big test of their effectiveness.
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week, charging that Louisville Gas & Electric has been polluting the Ohio River with water overflowing a coal ash containment pond, The Courier-Journal reports.
Data from the American Wind Energy Association show that wind developers added 4,850 megawatts in new capacity last year, a strong increase from new 2013 installations, bringing total wind generation capacity to 65,875 MW, Platts reports.
Offshore wind energy development on the Eastern Seaboard is struggling as energy companies appear unwilling to invest, evidenced by Thursday's federal auction of leases off the coast of Massachusetts that drew just two bidders at around $1.50 an acre, The New York Times reports.
The sharp decline in oil prices is starting to take a toll on U.S. oil boom towns, forcing energy companies to cut staff and benefits, pressing businesses to temper plans for growth and limiting royalty payments for landowners, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Liquefied natural gas prices in Asia have fallen sharply to $7.45 per million metric British thermal units, the lowest prices since June 2010, a change that is causing some suppliers to consider altering contracts to limit losses, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdulaziz has already made several changes to his government, shuffling his cabinet and cutting some government agencies, but he has retained Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, a central figure in OPEC's decision to maintain production targets, Dow Jones Business News reports.
Though 50 million smart meters have been installed in homes nationwide, U.S. energy consumers aren't moving to change consumption habits, a phenomenon The Washington Post suggests is linked to a lack of real-time access to data related to energy efficiency and financial savings.
Assisted by improved relations with the Kurdish regional government, Iraq passed a $105 billion budget based on a $56 per barrel oil price, a move Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sees as a sign of good will as Baghdad and Kurdish forces continue to fight the Islamic State group, Reuters reports.