Energy

Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
Infrastructure
Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
2021-04-14 20:12:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but representatives like David Price, D-N.C., told reporters that, “the main obstacle for a bipartisan deal is how to pay for... Read More

U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
Geopolitics
U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
2021-04-12 23:11:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments of India and Bangladesh to talk about strategies for improving climate resilience and adapting to climate change. Kerry emphasized recent... Read More

MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
Climate
MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
2021-04-07 14:15:25
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a joint statement from the United Arab Emirates Regional Climate meeting at which U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, was... Read More

Biden Wants to Power 10 Million Homes With Wind Energy
Energy
Biden Wants to Power 10 Million Homes With Wind Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the East Coast, saying Monday it is taking initial steps toward approving a huge wind farm off the New Jersey coast as part of an... Read More

Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
In The States
Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
2021-03-24 18:40:32
by TWN Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The state of Wyoming sued the Biden administration Wednesday challenging what state lawmakers describe as a "de-facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing" on federal land. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming, asserts Interior... Read More

Lincoln, Nebraska: Sustainable Pioneer on the Prairie
Cities
Lincoln, Nebraska: Sustainable Pioneer on the Prairie
2021-03-16 21:34:06
by Dan McCue

For many people, the image of climate change is a coastal event. It’s the more frequent and larger hurricanes being followed by The Weather Channel. And whole tropical nations disappearing into the sea. But what of the plains, the vast... Read More

Biden Hopes to Boost Offshore Wind as Mass. Project Advances
Energy
Biden Hopes to Boost Offshore Wind as Mass. Project Advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what the Biden administration hopes will be a model for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East... Read More

Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
Energy
Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
2021-03-04 16:06:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The widespread disruptions of COVID led to an unprecedented drop in global greenhouse emissions. However, many post-coronavirus investments are fossil fuel heavy, including those in the U.S., emphasizing the policy commitments that need to be made to capitalize on these... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
Climate
Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
Energy
British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
2021-02-19 15:15:36
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English courts for pollution by its subsidiary in Nigeria, is likely to expand the company’s potential liability abroad. The court’s decision... Read More

Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
In The States
Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
2021-02-17 17:23:19
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Rolling blackouts caused by an unprecedented winter storm have delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations across Texas, state health officials said Tuesday.  Texas was set to receive 407,650 first doses and... Read More

BOEM Cancels Planned Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale
Energy
BOEM Cancels Planned Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale
2021-02-16 21:20:17
by TWN Staff

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday cancelled an oil and gas exploration lease sale for a sizable swath of the Gulf of Mexico. Lease Sale 257, which was scheduled to be live-streamed from New Orleans on March 17,... Read More

Biden Announces Additional Members of His Energy and Jobs Team
White House
Biden Announces Additional Members of His Energy and Jobs Team
2021-02-10 15:32:29
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden is adding two new members to his energy and jobs team: David Turk, deputy secretary of Energy and Julie Su, deputy secretary of Labor. They will support the work of Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm... Read More

DOE’s Energy Information Administration Releases 2021 Energy Outlook
Energy
DOE’s Energy Information Administration Releases 2021 Energy Outlook
2021-02-08 14:42:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Each year the Energy Information Administration, a statistical and analytical agency within the Department of Energy, releases its annual Energy Outlook which provides updated projections of U.S. energy markets. Releasing its 2021 report with a virtual discussion at... Read More

Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
Congress
Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment
Climate
U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment
2021-01-25 17:26:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how this focus on the environment will affect America’s economy. Take, for example, the automobile industry. The manufacture and sale of... Read More

DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
Emissions
DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
2021-01-19 18:04:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday. The ruling on President... Read More

Canada Urges Biden Not to Cancel Oil Pipeline on First Day
Energy
Canada Urges Biden Not to Cancel Oil Pipeline on First Day

TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he will... Read More

Biden Selects Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm To Be Energy Secretary
In The News
Biden Selects Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm To Be Energy Secretary

DETROIT — President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary. The Washington-based news website Politico was among the first to report the story, which then appeared to be confirmed in a news release... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
Climate
Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
Foreign Affairs
Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
2020-11-24 15:38:08
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, supporting the Three Seas Initiative unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Three Seas Initiative is a strategic partnership of twelve Central... Read More

Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November
Opinions
Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who ignored litmus test issues like the Green New Deal and refused to be defined by extreme economic and energy policies... Read More

Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
Economy
Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
2020-11-20 15:08:27
by Dan McCue

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train an offshore wind construction workforce as the firm eyes construction of a series of wind farm projects up and down... Read More

Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden
Environment
Trump Rushes Action on Environmental Issues That Could Handcuff Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden's climate and conservation agenda. The eleventh-hour regulatory race... Read More

Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
State News
Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
2020-11-12 21:18:17
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry. The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to... Read More

Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
Congress
Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs
Energy
For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON — In Democratic politics, and infrastructure and fighting climate change have become increasingly synonymous: You can’t have one without the other. Take the $494 billion surface transportation bill that House Democrats passed July 1. Republicans criticized it as an... Read More

Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
Energy
Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
Congress
Spanberger Urges House to Give Rural Electricity Providers Greater Peace of Mind
2020-09-02 20:34:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants to reduce the barriers currently preventing many Rural Utility Service borrowers from refinancing their debt to take advantage of lower market rates. Unlike most private lenders, the Rural Utility Service, a division of... Read More

EU Members Protest US Sanctions After Nord Stream Pipeline Threats
Congress
EU Members Protest US Sanctions After Nord Stream Pipeline Threats

BERLIN — Twenty-four European countries lodged a complaint with the U.S. State Department this week over President Donald Trump’s expansive use of sanctions to help influence American foreign policy goals, according to a European diplomat familiar with the communication. The... Read More

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