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Ontario expanding Industrial Electricity Incentive

Expanding the IEI program to more industries offers an opportunity for more Ontario industries to reduce their electricity costs, increase competitiveness, and assist in improving electricity load and demand management.

PA DEP says its oil and gas program is new and improved

The Auditor General's Office has released the Special Audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for 2009 through 2012.

Collaborating for a better understanding of oil and gas separation technology

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is launching a multi-million dollar joint industry project to better understand oil and gas separation technology. Known as the Separation Technology Research (STAR) Program, the objective is to combine industry knowledge and resources to advance research that could lead to better equipment and test protocols.

Hydrogen breakthrough could make fuel greener

Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to making clean-burning hydrogen fuel. The technology is intended to replace cost-prohibitive platinum for electrolysis reaction. The resulting hydrogen fuel could, potentially, replace fossil fuels.

BLM blames budget for agency shortfalls

A shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands highlight the importance of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) budget request for a fee system to increase the agency's oil and gas inspection capacity. 

NRG acquires Spanish Town Estate Solar

NRG Energy, Inc. has acquired the 4 MW Spanish Town Estate Solar project on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The project is expected to help the USVI achieve their renewable energy goals to reduce its fossil fuel based energy consumption by 60 percent over the next 10 years.

Rehabilitation funding focuses on critical water infrastructure

Current funding will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams across 26 states; 500 dam sites will be assessed for safety through NRCS' Watershed Rehabilitation Program.

Early Retrofit Chicago results 'envy of every town in America'

Preliminary results of the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings program-- Chicago's unique partnership to showcase energy efficiency efforts in the city's biggest buildings where dozens of the city's most recognizable buildings have pledged to reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent over five years-- are in. 

Rewriting national energy policy

New legislation would require electric utilities to obtain a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Electric and natural gas utilities will also need to implement energy efficiency programs in order to save the equivalent of 15 percent and 10 percent of sales, respectively, by 2025.

Australia makes history by axing carbon tax

Australia has become the first developed nation to repeal its carbon tax, which Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said was "useless and destructive [and] damaged jobs-- which hurt families' cost of living and which didn't actually help the environment." The Australian government has estimated that the repeal would save families $550 per year.