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Race to Cut Carbon Emissions Splits U.S. States on Nuclear

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels,... Read More

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep... Read More

2022-01-12 21:38:20
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Advances Renewable Energy Projects

WASHINGTON — Seven federal executive branch agencies have begun rolling out wind, solar and other clean energy projects, the White... Read More

WASHINGTON — Seven federal executive branch agencies have begun rolling out wind, solar and other clean energy projects, the White House announced Wednesday morning. According to a senior administration official, the effort builds on President Biden’s commitment to “pull every... Read More

2022-01-07 21:03:44
by Tom Ramstack
White House Allocates Funds for Poor to Pay Heating Bills

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced details Friday for how it will fund energy costs for low-income persons this winter... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced details Friday for how it will fund energy costs for low-income persons this winter as a cold wave swept over the nation. A White House statement described increased funding under the Low Income Home... Read More

2022-01-06 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack
California Wildfires Show Need for Underground Power Lines

WASHINGTON — California fire officials this week accelerated calls for drastic action to confront global warming when they blamed overhead... Read More

WASHINGTON — California fire officials this week accelerated calls for drastic action to confront global warming when they blamed overhead power lines for the second biggest wildfire in the state’s history. The Dixie Fire burned nearly 1 million acres last... Read More

2021-12-29 21:07:01
by Reece Nations
GAO Presses Lawmakers to Improve DOE Carbon Capture Projects

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office is pressing lawmakers to institute legislation that would improve oversight and accountability of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office is pressing lawmakers to institute legislation that would improve oversight and accountability of the Department of Energy’s carbon capture and storage demonstration project expenditures. GAO conducted a study of DOE’s investment of $1.1 billion... Read More

2021-12-29 16:16:33
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Pulls Support for Coal Plants, Carbon-Intensive Projects Overseas

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has ordered an end to federal support for the construction of coal plants and other... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has ordered an end to federal support for the construction of coal plants and other carbon-intensive projects overseas. The policy, which was communicated to U.S. embassies earlier this month, is expected to be fully in... Read More

2021-12-28 18:27:12
by Dan McCue
Air Force and Northrop Grumman Researchers Make Space Solar Breakthrough

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Researchers preparing for the first flight of the Arachne, an experimental solar power satellite,... Read More

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Researchers preparing for the first flight of the Arachne, an experimental solar power satellite, have successfully conducted the first end-to-end demonstration of a key piece of hardware — its unique solar panels. The Space... Read More

2021-12-17 20:25:08
by Dan McCue
Panel Recommends Extending Trump-Era Duties on Solar Panels

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration should extend tariffs on solar panel modules and cells an additional four years to safeguard... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration should extend tariffs on solar panel modules and cells an additional four years to safeguard U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers, a U.S. trade panel said. Former President Donald Trump established the duties on Chinese-made photovoltaic modules... Read More

2021-12-07 17:51:00
by Dan McCue
Federal Facilities to be Retrofit With Climate-Resilient Technologies

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is providing $13 million in funding to retrofit 17 federal facilities across the country with... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is providing $13 million in funding to retrofit 17 federal facilities across the country with renewable energy and other climate resilience technologies.  According to the department, these projects will lower energy costs and enhance the... Read More

2021-12-03 22:27:30
by Dan McCue
Second Major Wind Farm Approved Off US Coastline

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have signed off on a proposal to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have signed off on a proposal to build a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island. The South Fork Wind Project is the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project approved by the Bureau of Ocean... Read More

2021-11-29 21:56:45
by Tom Ramstack
Interior Dept. Report Advocates Shift Away From Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s new proposal to overhaul the nation's oil and gas leasing program drew praise this week... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s new proposal to overhaul the nation's oil and gas leasing program drew praise this week from environmentalists in Congress but complaints from oil-producing states. The proposal wouldn’t eliminate oil and gas leases but it would... Read More

2021-11-24 18:28:47
by Reece Nations
Bitcoin Miners Flocking to Texas for Cheap Energy May Bring Grid Problems

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ alluring low energy costs are drawing bitcoin miners from out of state despite the vulnerable condition... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ alluring low energy costs are drawing bitcoin miners from out of state despite the vulnerable condition of the electrical grid. Cryptocurrency mining is an energy-intensive process in which new cryptocurrencies are entered into circulation by using... Read More

2021-11-18 21:44:53
by Reece Nations
White House Pushing Utility and Energy Providers to Prevent Shut-Offs This Winter

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling on energy providers to proactively coordinate American Rescue Plan Act funds to prevent... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling on energy providers to proactively coordinate American Rescue Plan Act funds to prevent utility shut-offs this winter. In a press briefing issued on Thursday, the Biden-Harris White House urged states, localities and tribes... Read More

2021-11-18 13:47:23
by Reece Nations
Satellite Observations Uncover Methane Emissions

SAN ANTONIO — International scientists gathering data collected by satellites have discovered significant amounts of methane emissions leaking into the... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — International scientists gathering data collected by satellites have discovered significant amounts of methane emissions leaking into the Earth’s atmosphere from gas pipelines, oil fields and landfills around the world. Teams of experts monitoring satellite-based instruments from the... Read More

Biden Pushes Electric Vehicle Chargers as Energy Costs Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting billions of dollars in his giant bipartisan infrastructure deal to pay for the installation... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting billions of dollars in his giant bipartisan infrastructure deal to pay for the installation of electric vehicle chargers across the country, an investment he says will go a long way to curbing planet-warming carbon emissions while creating good-paying... Read More

2021-11-10 21:34:03
by Dan McCue
Joint Hearing Planned on America’s Clean Energy Supply Chain

WASHINGTON — Two energy-related House committees will hold a joint hearing next week on supply chain issues related to the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two energy-related House committees will hold a joint hearing next week on supply chain issues related to the transition to a clean energy economy. The House Energy subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and the Environment and... Read More

General Electric to Split Into Three Public Companies

General Electric, the storied American manufacturer that struggled under its own weight after growing to become a sprawling conglomerate, will... Read More

General Electric, the storied American manufacturer that struggled under its own weight after growing to become a sprawling conglomerate, will divide itself into three public companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy. It is the culmination of an arduous, years-long... Read More

2021-11-04 19:51:01
by Tom Ramstack
Nuclear Energy Considered as Alternative to Help Biden Reach Climate Goals

WASHINGTON — Representatives of the nuclear power industry tried to convince a Senate panel Thursday that much of the answer... Read More

WASHINGTON — Representatives of the nuclear power industry tried to convince a Senate panel Thursday that much of the answer to reducing global warming is already within our grasp. Nuclear energy technology has advanced beyond the horrors of meltdowns and... Read More

2021-11-01 20:16:08
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court to Hear Coal Industry’s Complaint About Emissions Regulations

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is headed toward a landmark decision on greenhouse gas emissions as climate change moved to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is headed toward a landmark decision on greenhouse gas emissions as climate change moved to the forefront of international politics Monday. The Supreme Court plans to hear a case that contests the authority of the... Read More

2021-10-28 15:26:50
by Kate Michael
Luria Wants U.S. to Back Nuclear Power Considerations at COP26

WASHINGTON — When parties come together at the 26th U.N. Global Climate Conference —  COP26 — later this month, nuclear... Read More

WASHINGTON — When parties come together at the 26th U.N. Global Climate Conference —  COP26 — later this month, nuclear power is set to be highlighted as it has never been previously at a global climate change convention, and one... Read More

2021-10-21 17:55:51
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Worldwide, Report Says

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million... Read More

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million in 2019, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. The eighth edition of “Renewable Energy and... Read More

Study: Fossil Fuel Plans Would Far Overshoot Climate Goals

LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in... Read More

LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a U.N.-backed study... Read More

2021-10-18 20:36:37
by Tom Ramstack
2021 California Oil Spill Becomes Call to Action for Environmentalists

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill... Read More

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill discovered off California’s coast on October 1. After a day of fishing 90 miles off the coast, “We were coming... Read More

Report: Offshore Wind Supply Chain Worth $109B Over 10 Years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A group studying the economics of offshore wind energy in the U.S. says building and... Read More

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A group studying the economics of offshore wind energy in the U.S. says building and operating the nascent industry will be worth $109 billion to businesses in its supply chain over the next 10 years.... Read More

2021-10-13 21:42:36
by Dan McCue
Haaland Reveals Administration Plan for Massive Expansion of Offshore Wind

BOSTON, Mass. -- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told attendees at a wind energy conference on Wednesday that the Biden administration... Read More

BOSTON, Mass. -- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told attendees at a wind energy conference on Wednesday that the Biden administration wants to dramatically expand the nation’s use of wind power, opening large swaths of coastal waters to wind farm development.... Read More

2021-10-07 20:32:36
by Reece Nations
Analysts Ask Congress to Expand Clean Energy Tax Cuts to Nuclear Energy

WASHINGTON — Senior analysts from the Breakthrough Institute circulated a letter on Thursday compelling Congressional leaders to extend federal clean-energy... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senior analysts from the Breakthrough Institute circulated a letter on Thursday compelling Congressional leaders to extend federal clean-energy tax credits to advanced nuclear energy. Breakthrough Institute's Jameson McBride, senior climate and energy analyst, and Adam Stein, senior nuclear... Read More

2021-10-06 19:39:47
by Dan McCue
General Motors, GE Sign MOU to Develop Joint EV and Renewable Energy Supply Chains

DETROIT - General Motors and GE Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of the General Electric Co., have signed an agreement to... Read More

DETROIT - General Motors and GE Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of the General Electric Co., have signed an agreement to develop supply chains supporting the manufacturing of electric vehicles and renewable energy equipment. What both companies are calling a “non-binding... Read More

Ship Anchor Suspected in Pipeline Break That Fouled Beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than parking a car. Even then, with a multi-ton anchor and brawny steel chains resting on the seabed, the massive vessels... Read More

2021-10-04 13:37:24
by Dan McCue
City of Salem Poised to Become Massachusetts’ Second Offshore Wind Port

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S.... Read More

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S. coast has entered into a tentative agreement with the City of Salem, Massachusetts and the Crowley Maritime Corp. to build... Read More

2021-09-28 14:58:07
by Tom Ramstack
California Utility to Pay $1.8 Billion to Settle Claims After Gas Leak

Southern California Gas Company agreed to pay $1.8 billion this week to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents... Read More

Southern California Gas Company agreed to pay $1.8 billion this week to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of the Aliso Canyon area who were forced from their homes by a 2015 explosion and leak at a natural... Read More

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