June was a busy month for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) regulation. On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations -- the "Clean Power Plan" (CPP) -- to govern GHG emissions from existing Electric Generating Units (EGU). If and when promulgated, these regulations would have a far wider impact than any of EPA's other stationary source GHG rules to date, in no small part because they would not just affect EGUs. Article
Utilities take note: 12 major U.S. corporations are sending you a message. They want more options for purchasing renewable energy. Article
The net zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C. celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles. Article
A battle for the renewable energy industry is currently underway in California, but there is hope that legislation is going to diversify the state's energy industry by creating a more level playing field for those providing energy in the state. Article
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The City of San Bruno is demanding that CPUC President Michael Peevey be removed, in part, due to alleged inappropriate communication with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The City also wants significant penalties ($2.45 billion in after-tax dollars) levied against PG&E due to an exposure that top CPUC and PG&E staff engaged in repeated and illegal private (ex parte) conversations in the ongoing CPUC penalty proceeding related to the deadly 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
New figures released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) reflect the central role utilities will continue to play in the growth and change of the U.S. solar industry in emerging trends that have been identified as current and future market drivers, according to the organization.
Existing nuclear energy plants provide one-fifth of the country's electricity, are part of our diverse energy mix and help lower the cost of generating electricity for consumers by more than $93 billion a year, according to an IHS Energy report.
New research has revealed some startling information regarding California's solar capacity. Specifically, approximately 98 percent of Los Angeles County's solar capacity remains currently untapped, according to the research by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), despite the fact that California is at the forefront of deploying clean energy to fight climate change among reaching other goals.
The Foreign Direct Investment Association (FDIA) recently recognized Pennsylvania as the 2014 "FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries" for actively implementing strategies to support foreign direct investment in the energy sector.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states. A modern, reliable electric system is critical to attract and retain residents and businesses to rural communities.
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