Energy

2024-06-11 15:46:23
by Dan McCue
Ohio Awards $5.4M in Energy Efficiency Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Development has awarded $5.4 million in grants to support energy efficiency projects in... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Development has awarded $5.4 million in grants to support energy efficiency projects in five counties across the state.  Six organizations across five counties are receiving awards for energy efficiency retrofits, LED lighting, solar... Read More

2024-06-10 21:49:27
by Dan McCue
Feds, Maryland Sign MOU on Offshore Wind Development

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the state... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Maryland to support the coordinated development of offshore wind energy generation. Under the terms of the agreement, which was... Read More

2024-06-10 21:26:54
by Dan McCue
Boston School District Goes All Green With Geothermal Energy

BOSTON — A Boston school district is reaping the benefits of clean energy after deciding that its most recently built... Read More

BOSTON — A Boston school district is reaping the benefits of clean energy after deciding that its most recently built elementary school will run entirely on a geothermal system, with no fossil fuel use on-site. In the year since it... Read More

Real-World Mileage Standard for New Vehicles Rising to 38 mpg in 2031 Under New Biden Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — New vehicles sold in the U.S. will have to average about 38 miles per gallon of gasoline... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — New vehicles sold in the U.S. will have to average about 38 miles per gallon of gasoline in 2031 in real-world driving, up from about 29 mpg this year, under new federal rules unveiled Friday by the... Read More

Judge Dismisses Native American Challenge to $10B SunZia Energy Transmission Project in Arizona

A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by Native American tribes and environmentalists who sought to halt construction along part... Read More

A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by Native American tribes and environmentalists who sought to halt construction along part of a $10 billion energy transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from New Mexico to customers as far away... Read More

2024-06-03 21:01:56
by Dan McCue
Dominion Energy Buries 2,000 Miles of Power Lines Ahead of Hurricane Season

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy completed burying 2,000 miles of power lines in the state of Virginia last week, successfully... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy completed burying 2,000 miles of power lines in the state of Virginia last week, successfully fulfilling its goal of accomplishing the feat ahead of hurricane season. The project is part of the utility’s ongoing strategic... Read More

2024-06-03 19:18:13
by Dan McCue
IRS Publishes Rules That Could Controversially Extend Tax Credit to Biomass

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service on Monday published draft regulations that environmentalists fear could open the door to federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service on Monday published draft regulations that environmentalists fear could open the door to federal subsidies for biomass, a form of renewable feedstock they consider as harmful as fossil fuels. The rule published in Monday’s... Read More

2024-06-03 19:01:08
by Dan McCue
DOE Posts Notice of Intent on EV Funding

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy on Monday posted an intent to fund projects that advance research, development, demonstration and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy on Monday posted an intent to fund projects that advance research, development, demonstration and deployment in a number of areas related to the net-zero emission clean transportation sector. Though no dollar value was attached... Read More

2024-06-03 17:46:54
by Dan McCue
Interior Seeks to Bolster Protections Against Decommissioning Costs

WASHINGTON — Since the 1940s, the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry has installed more than 55,000 wells and 7,000... Read More

WASHINGTON — Since the 1940s, the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry has installed more than 55,000 wells and 7,000 platforms on the outer continental shelf, mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. In their day, they were a symbol of... Read More

2024-06-03 16:02:36
by Dan McCue
Comment Period Extended on Oregon Offshore Wind Leasing

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the comment period on a draft environmental assessment of proposed... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the comment period on a draft environmental assessment of proposed offshore wind energy leases off the Oregon coast. The new deadline for comments is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on... Read More

US Energy Secretary Calls for More Nuclear Power While Celebrating $35B Georgia Reactors

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday called for more nuclear reactors to be built in... Read More

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday called for more nuclear reactors to be built in the United States and worldwide. But the CEO of the Georgia utility that just finished the first two scratch-built American... Read More

'War on Coal' Rhetoric Heats Up as Biden Seeks to Curb Pollution With Election Looming

COLSTRIP, Mont. (AP) — Actions by President Joe Biden's administration that could hasten closures of heavily polluting coal power plants and the... Read More

COLSTRIP, Mont. (AP) — Actions by President Joe Biden's administration that could hasten closures of heavily polluting coal power plants and the mines that supply them are reviving Republican rhetoric about a so-called “war on coal” ahead of the November election. The... Read More

Japan's Toyota Shows 'Engine Born' With Green Fuel Despite Global Push for EVs

TOKYO (AP) — “An engine reborn.” That's how Japanese automaker Toyota introduced plans to cast a futuristic spin on the... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — “An engine reborn.” That's how Japanese automaker Toyota introduced plans to cast a futuristic spin on the traditional internal combustion engine. During a three-hour presentation at a Tokyo hall Tuesday, the car manufacturer giant announced it would... Read More

2024-05-24 19:29:42
by Dan McCue
Environmentalists, Others Assail Proposed Farm Bill Language on Biomass

WASHINGTON — More than 130 groups, ranging from the Alaska Wilderness League to the Western Watersheds Project, signed on to... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 130 groups, ranging from the Alaska Wilderness League to the Western Watersheds Project, signed on to a letter this week opposing proposed language in the House version of the Farm Bill that would deem biomass worthy... Read More

2024-05-24 18:24:08
by Dan McCue
Tornado Outbreak Takes Down Massive Wind Turbines in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — A tornado outbreak across much of the Midwest earlier this week brought utter devastation to the... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — A tornado outbreak across much of the Midwest earlier this week brought utter devastation to the city of Greenfield, Iowa, and wreaked havoc on nearby wind farms located in Adair County. Until Tuesday’s tornado, Greenfield’s claim... Read More

2024-05-24 18:22:56
by Beth McCue
Winners of DOE’s 2024 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Announced

WASHINGTON — The winner of this year’s Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, the University of New Hampshire, took the top honors... Read More

WASHINGTON — The winner of this year’s Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, the University of New Hampshire, took the top honors for creating a surface research drifter, a buoy that uses ocean energy to collect accurate oceanic weather observations and forecasting.... Read More

2024-05-21 20:37:03
by Dan McCue
With Memorial Day Approaching, White House Moves to Keep Gas Prices Low

WASHINGTON — With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and the summer driving season just around the corner, the Biden administration... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and the summer driving season just around the corner, the Biden administration announced it will sell 1 million barrels of gasoline from federal reserves to lower prices at the pump for all... Read More

2024-05-20 21:10:23
by Dan McCue
BLM Proposes Change to Mining Rules in Montana

MILES CITY, Mont. — Though coal mining will continue for the foreseeable future at two Montana mines, those leases will... Read More

MILES CITY, Mont. — Though coal mining will continue for the foreseeable future at two Montana mines, those leases will not be renewed under a plan published by the Bureau of Land Management. Last week the agency issued a supplemental... Read More

2024-05-20 21:09:23
by Dan McCue
Researchers Squash Fungal Processing Time to Accelerate Biofuels Development

RICHLAND, Colo. — Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found a way to significantly speed up biofuel and biochemical... Read More

RICHLAND, Colo. — Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found a way to significantly speed up biofuel and biochemical production. The breakthrough, published in the journal Fungal Biology and Biotechnology, involves microorganisms, such as fungi, which are used in... Read More

2024-05-20 20:36:59
by Dan McCue
NREL Industry Growth Forum Welcomes Sell-Out Crowd to Denver

DENVER — The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s annual Industrial Growth Forum, a sell-out for the second year, welcomed hundreds of... Read More

DENVER — The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s annual Industrial Growth Forum, a sell-out for the second year, welcomed hundreds of hopeful entrepreneurs and potential backers to the Hyatt Regency hotel at the Colorado Convention Center.   In all, nearly 900 people... Read More

2024-05-13 19:54:03
by Dan McCue
Federal Regulators Move to Overhaul Electricity Transmission System

WASHINGTON — The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2-1 on Monday in favor of new requirements for... Read More

WASHINGTON — The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2-1 on Monday in favor of new requirements for moving electricity across states and who will be responsible for covering the costs of new transmission projects. The new rule... Read More

2024-05-13 17:08:18
by Dan McCue
Yamaha Embracing Hydrogen Power in Big Way in Recreational Market

WASHINGTON — If one wanted further proof that the Yamaha Motor Corporation wants to stake a major claim in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — If one wanted further proof that the Yamaha Motor Corporation wants to stake a major claim in the hydrogen-powered vehicle market, they only needed to check out the vehicle in a curbside parking spot outside the Capitol Hill... Read More

More and Faster: Electricity From Clean Sources Reaches 30% of Global Total

Billions of people are using different kinds of energy each day and 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy... Read More

Billions of people are using different kinds of energy each day and 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy sources — ones that don't emit planet-warming pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane — according to a report published Wednesday by Ember,... Read More

2024-05-10 17:41:34
by Dan McCue
Rare Solar Storm Alert Issued for This Weekend

WASHINGTON — An unusually severe solar storm could cause communications and electrical disruptions this weekend as solar flares reach the... Read More

WASHINGTON — An unusually severe solar storm could cause communications and electrical disruptions this weekend as solar flares reach the Earth, forecasters from the Space Weather Prediction Center said on Friday. Forecasters with the agency, which is part of the... Read More

2024-05-01 18:37:23
by Dan McCue
White House Finalizes New Environmental Permitting Rules

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a new rule intended to speed up permitting for new clean energy... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a new rule intended to speed up permitting for new clean energy projects by forcing agencies to adhere to strict deadlines — and page limits — when conducting their environmental reviews. The... Read More

2024-04-29 21:05:47
by Dan McCue
Philly Set to Celebrate Completion of Solar Farm Powering Municipal Buildings

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, city officials and members of the municipal energy authority are set to gather... Read More

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, city officials and members of the municipal energy authority are set to gather at City Hall on Tuesday to celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Adams Solar Project. The 70 MW facility not... Read More

2024-04-29 21:02:03
by Dan McCue
NYS Eyes Three ‘Underutilized’ Sites for Renewable Energy Development

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has signed three agreements to explore the possibility... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has signed three agreements to explore the possibility for renewable energy development in the Southern Tier, Western New York and Long Island.  Under the terms of memorandums of... Read More

2024-04-29 18:57:43
by Dan McCue
Energy Department Seeks to Address Grid Interconnection Challenges

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to say you want to deploy more renewable and green energy. It’s another to solve... Read More

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to say you want to deploy more renewable and green energy. It’s another to solve transmission capacity issues, reduce charges on existing lines, and deploy new digital technology to strengthen grid resilience and reduce costs.... Read More

2024-04-29 18:56:02
by Dan McCue
New Nuclear Facility Opens Near Waynesboro, Georgia

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Plant Vogtle Unit 4, a nuclear power project that backers describe as one of the “largest clean... Read More

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Plant Vogtle Unit 4, a nuclear power project that backers describe as one of the “largest clean energy projects in the nation” has begun commercial operation near Waynesboro, Georgia, a bucolic town about 30 miles south of... Read More

Tractor-Trailers With No One Aboard? The Future Is Near for Self-Driving Trucks on US Roads

PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one... Read More

PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one was on board. A quarter-mile ahead, the truck's sensors spotted a trash can blocking one lane and a tire in... Read More

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