The Austin City Council has voted unanimously to create the Austin Energy Resource Generation Task Force as part of the 2014 update process to the city's existing energy plan.
The coal industry today has reason to feel more positive about the future of coal fuel power, as the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 3826 "The Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which requires greater transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking process and safeguards against the agency's standards for both new and existing power plants.
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, HR 2126, by a staggering vote of 375 to 36. In addition to HR 2126, the legislation packages several important pieces to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings, the federal government, and certain appliances. This includes a modified version of HR 540, the Energy Efficiency Government Technology Act; HR 4066, to modify efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters; and HR 3820, to encourage benchmarking in commercial buildings.
Concerns relating to a potential municipal bond interest surtax and possible change to the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) business model are arising after President Barack Obama's recently released Fiscal Year 2015 Budget as a way of spurring infrastructure investments.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has exceeded the California Public Utilities Commission's diverse spending goal. SDG&E has achieved this goal for the last eight years, with this year being the highest level of spending with diverse business enterprises (DBE) in the utility's history.
ComEd is seeking to accelerate the rate at which it is installing smart meters for customers, filing a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC directed ComEd to pursue a shorter timeframe to complete the installation of more than four million smart meters-- aiming for 2018 instead of the scheduled 2021.
Bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation (S 2074) has been re-introduced that could spur hundreds of thousands of new domestic jobs; cut energy costs for taxpayers, building owners and business tenants; improve U.S. energy security; and reduce hundreds of metric tons of greenhouse gases associated with global climate change.
Significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing fossil-fueled power plants can be effectively and affordably achieved through EPA performance standards and guidelines, according to a study from the Clean Air Task Force (CATF).
"Energy Strong" is a 10-year, $3.9 billion program that would employ 5,800 people making upgrades to significantly reduce the number of customers who might lose power in a future storm and reduce the duration of any outages that did occur.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently released a Proposed Decision on the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), allowing San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) to invest in hundreds of megawatts of natural gas. And the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEIA) is fit to be tied.