A 40-mile powerline crossing the border between Spain and France has officially been inaugurated. The line, called the Santa Llogaia-Baixas link, is meant to increase energy ties between the different nations in the European Union.
President Barack Obama has kept his word, doing what he said he was going to do-- vetoing legislation put forth by Congress for building the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill the President vetoed halted construction of the pipeline, which would have transported oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to refineries in the United States.
The Government of Canada recently announced that it intends to establish new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rates to help support investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Canada. Specifically, the federal government announced that it intends to establish a capital cost allowance rate of 30 percent for equipment used in natural gas liquefaction and 10 percent for buildings at a facility that liquefies natural gas.
Acadia Center has released a report, "UtilityVision: Reforming the Energy System to Work for Consumers and the Environment," which it says presents "an ambitious but realistic energy future that puts the consumer firmly in the center." UtilityVision builds on Acadia Center's EnergyVision, which charts out reforms in four interconnected areas to produce a cleaner, lower cost energy system and reach the necessary 80 percent carbon emission reductions by 2050.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have proposed regulations to ensure that future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are done safely and responsibly, subject to strong and proven operational standards. But not everyone is convinced of their effectiveness.
Although coal is still the predominant energy source, solar has been growing in West Virginia in recent years. Advocates for solar energy are urging Governor Tomblin to veto House Bill (HB) 2201.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is touting the success of the biomass programs in Oregon, and is asking federal government to replicate that success within the state. The senator believes the federal government should use the same renewable energy tactics when it builds or leases federal facilities in the state.
"We've listened to the feedback of stakeholders in the District of Columbia," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, "and have substantially enhanced our proposed package to deliver even more value to Pepco customers and their communities."
The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants laid out in its Clean Power Plan on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, according to Exelon, in testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Although rumors of an Apple electric vehicle (EV) have been swirling, a current lawsuit may offer some information about the possibilities in Apple's future. EV battery-maker A123 filed the lawsuit, claiming that Apple has been poaching their engineers to build their own large-scale battery division, which could be evidence that Apple is building their own EV.