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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In response to comprehensive orders issued by the Public Utilities Commission in April, Hawaiian Electric Company (HE) has proposed a plan for Hawaii's energy future that will lower electric bills, give customers more service options and nearly triple the amount of distributed solar while achieving the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030.
Las Vegas-based NV Energy's request to participate in the expanded Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), which automatically optimizes resources across a wide geographic region and, in turn, reduces energy costs, has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
After four years of collaboration with stakeholders, Duke Energy has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an application for a new license for the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project, which would allow Duke Energy to continue operating Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee and their associated hydro stations in the Upstate region of South Carolina.
Additional natural gas demand from re-emerging and non-traditional sources could exceed 5 billion cubic feet per day by 2019 as numerous proposed projects come online in the U.S and Canada, according to research by Bentek Energy.
More advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University chemist Andrew Barron.
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In an effort to inform the New York State Public Service Commission's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), in partnership with member organizations, has conducted a comprehensive survey of New York residential utility customers' electricity awareness and engagement.
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