Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State energy plan is coming under more fire for not going far enough when it comes to renewables and climate change. Environmental activists claim that the Governor's call for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be met by renewables by 2030 is a step in the right reduction-- but falls far short of needed action.
A meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff turned into a big day for energy, as the presidents announced an initiative that numerous organizations have been hoping for for years-- a renewable standard (for non-hydro renewables) of 20 percent by 2030.
Another utility is accusing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of unfairly adjusting prices, causing their required auction to go up by 40 times. Ameren Illinois is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-- who regulates MISO-- to explain to their customers why prices will be surging this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being hit from all sides. First, with the Supreme Court shooting down the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) and now from the state side as the same court decides Michigan v. EPA, which sought to determine if the EPA must consider how costly it would be for power plants to comply with environmental rules before EPA decides to implement them.
Energy innovation is constantly evolving, and researchers at both universities and utilities are looking for the next big thing. But there is a gap between research and use, causing many innovations to come to the market years after development-- or not at all.
The United Kingdom is working to expand their energy footprint, and is looking to nuclear. Minister of State Andrea Leadsom's spoke to the Nuclear Industry Association conference about how nuclear can help increase the clean energy in the country. Leadsom explained that the country is working to not only maintain reliable energy, but also to keep costs low.
The Justices said the Obama Administration didn't adequately consider the "billions of dollars in costs before issuing a rule designed to cut hazardous emissions from 460 coal-fired power plants."
The United States House of Representatives is looking at a bill that includes a provision relating to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)-- which could affect utilities now and in the future. According to the Audubon Society, that bill was a "sneak attack on birds" and would prohibit using funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecute anyone violating the act, HR 2578.
As speculation surrounding the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) on power providers continues to circulate and research evolves, states can benefit from a project to facilitate interstate communication on energy and environmental issues affecting the Eastern Interconnection and the United States
Offshore wind has been talked about for years, but what about other generation sources? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new concept for a floating nuclear plant.