On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the Clean Power Plan, a proposed regulation to achieve a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions from 2005 levels -- by the year 2030. Article
On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court handed down the latest decision in its line of climate change rulings. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, a group of utilities and other large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) challenged the EPA's program for regulating GHG emissions from stationary sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) provisions of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). Article
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a study prepared by the Brattle Group, which takes an in-depth look at Germany's solar support programs and how the United States can benefit in the long term by applying lessons learned. Article
Switchgrass is essential to the production of clean energy. If switchgrass could better endure northern United States' winters, the plant could be an even better clean energy source. To that end, Michigan State University (MSU) will use $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to develop hardier switchgrass. Article
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TVA, one of the nation's largest utilities, has steadily been making the transition away from coal in favor of renewables like solar and wind power, and increased energy efficiency, as it maps out its next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the next 20 years.
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Bentek research revealed that from July 2013 to July 2014, total U.S. crude oil production increased more than 1.5 million b/d. Crude oil production in the North Dakota section of the Bakken shale formation of the Williston Basin averaged nearly 1.2 million b/d in July -- 280,000 b/d higher than the July 2013 level, according to Bentek.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Southern Research Institute (SRI) for an award of up to $5.9 million to advance production of high-performance, low-cost carbon fibers from biomass. The DOE award will fund development of a multi-step catalytic process for conversion of sugars from non-food biomass to acrylonitrile -- a key precursor in the production of carbon fiber.
Dynegy will buy Duke Energy's non-regulated Midwest commercial generation business in a $2.8 billion cash transaction, which includes ownership interests in numerous power plants and the company's competitive retail business in Ohio. As a result, in the third quarter Duke Energy will recognize an approximately $500 million pre-tax reversal of the $1.4 billion impairment previously recognized in 2014.
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