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Carbon Capture Credit Grabs Bipartisan Support
Climate
Carbon Capture Credit Grabs Bipartisan Support
2021-08-03 15:05:23
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., proposed legislation on Thursday that would grant tax credits to energy companies innovating carbon capture or energy storage tech. The legislation, entitled the “Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2021,”... Read More

Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
Justice
Ohio Utility Settles for $230 Million After Bribing State Officials
2021-07-23 20:17:28
by Tom Ramstack

Electric utility company FirstEnergy Corp. agreed to settle a Justice Department complaint Thursday by paying $230 million to avoid a federal wire fraud conspiracy charge. Company officials admitted they conspired with former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to pay millions... Read More

Electrify America to Double EV Charging Stations by 2025
Infrastructure
Electrify America to Double EV Charging Stations by 2025

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging network funded with money paid by Volkswagen as punishment for its emissions cheating scandal, says it plans to more than double its number of charging stations throughout the United... Read More

Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Voters Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Voters Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses
2021-07-19 15:16:36
by TWN Staff

The American Lung Association has released new poll results showing that a majority (68%) of American voters – across all major demographic groups – support Congress investing in zero-emission school buses for children nationwide. The poll findings are released as... Read More

Senators Push Bipartisan Bill to Make Ethanol Blends Available Year-Round
Energy
Senators Push Bipartisan Bill to Make Ethanol Blends Available Year-Round
2021-07-15 20:30:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the wake of a federal appeals court ruling striking restrictions on the summertime sale of ethanol blended fuel, a bipartisan trio of senators is seeking to ensure that low-carbon, 15% ethanol fuel blends are available for purchase... Read More

New Report Shows Biden’s Energy Policies Could Save Lives and Money
Energy
New Report Shows Biden’s Energy Policies Could Save Lives and Money
2021-07-13 18:22:41
by TWN Staff

A new report from Harvard University, Syracuse University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Resources for the Future looks at the energy, economic, environmental, and health outcomes of an illustrative Clean Energy Standard design that reaches 80% clean electricity by 2030... Read More

DOE Announces $52.5M to Accelerate Clean Hydrogen Projects
Energy
DOE Announces $52.5M to Accelerate Clean Hydrogen Projects
2021-07-08 16:58:40
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy is spending $52.5 million on 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce the cost and accelerate breakthroughs in the clean hydrogen... Read More

Survey Identifies Most and Least Energy-Expensive States
In The States
Survey Identifies Most and Least Energy-Expensive States
2021-07-08 12:30:27
by TWN Staff

With residential electricity use projected to increase by 2.8% this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub on Wednesday released its report on 2021's most and least energy-expensive states. For the sake of its study, WalletHub compared the average monthly energy bills... Read More

Biofuel Firm Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Louisiana
In The States
Biofuel Firm Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Louisiana
2021-06-30 13:46:52
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. - A firm specializing in the development of clean fuels hopes to invest $70 million in southern Louisiana to build a plant that can source waste from four nearby sugar mills and turn it into biofuel. Though... Read More

Pipeline Company Can Use Eminent Domain to Claim State Land
Supreme Court
Pipeline Company Can Use Eminent Domain to Claim State Land
2021-06-29 17:02:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday a company building a natural gas pipeline in New Jersey can continue to rely on eminent domain to claim state land in its path. The 5-4 ruling by the court included both liberal... Read More

Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities for a Coordinated Low-Carbon Grid
Climate
Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities for a Coordinated Low-Carbon Grid
2021-06-29 16:53:10
by TWN Staff

With a series of reports released last Thursday by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the North American Renewable Integration Study aims to inform grid planners, utilities, industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders about challenges and opportunities for continental system integration of... Read More

Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
Cybersecurity
Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
2021-06-28 20:02:22
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm requested $201 million in additional funds to fortify her department’s cybersecurity defenses in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Granholm’s request came in response to a ransomware attack on an... Read More

Supreme Court Backs Refiners in Biofuel Exemption Dispute
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Backs Refiners in Biofuel Exemption Dispute
2021-06-25 20:38:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday restored an exemption for small refineries from a federal law requiring them to blend increasing levels of ethanol and other renewable fuels into their products. The 6-3 ruling is a setback for biofuels... Read More

Coalition Pressing For Clean Energy Tax Credit Extension
Energy
Coalition Pressing For Clean Energy Tax Credit Extension
2021-06-22 15:26:18
by Dan McCue

If the White House and Congress are serious about making clean energy a meaningful part of the still-to-finalized infrastructure package, they need to enact a 10-year extension of an investment tax credit that has buoyed the industry in recent years.... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases
Energy
Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for... Read More

US Solar Energy Market Eclipses 100 Gigawatts
Energy
US Solar Energy Market Eclipses 100 Gigawatts
2021-06-15 18:07:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. solar energy market has surpassed 100 gigawatts of installed electric generating capacity, doubling the size of the industry over the last three-and-a-half years, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood... Read More

Granholm Calls for Public-Private Partnership to Thwart Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
Granholm Calls for Public-Private Partnership to Thwart Cyberattacks
2021-06-10 13:00:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm would like to see more public-private cooperation on cyber defenses and said U.S. adversaries already are capable of using cyber intrusions to shut down the U.S. power grid. "I think that there are very... Read More

Connecticut Moves to Set Energy Storage Target
In The States
Connecticut Moves to Set Energy Storage Target
2021-06-04 20:06:39
by TWN Staff

The Connecticut House on Wednesday unanimously passed SB 952, which will set a target of 1 GW of energy storage to be deployed by 2030. The bill, which passed the state Senate last month, establishes goals, program requirements and authority... Read More

Interior Department Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Environment
Interior Department Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
2021-06-01 21:17:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior on Tuesday canceled all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending a new environmental review. The sale of the leases was one of the final acts of the Trump... Read More

Venture Global Launches Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project
Climate
Venture Global Launches Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project
2021-06-01 17:27:32
by Dan McCue

ARLINGTON, Va. - Venture Global LNG unveiled plans last week to capture and sequester carbon at two of its liquid natural gas facilities in Louisiana. Having concluded a comprehensive engineering and geotechnical analysis at the sites in Calcasieu Pass and... Read More

Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
Social Media
Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study
2021-05-26 20:32:10
by Reece Nations

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers across the nation, Facebook iterated its adherence to broader sustainability initiatives.  As of last year, Facebook’s fleet of energy-intensive data... Read More

White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
Energy
White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
2021-05-25 19:08:18
by Dan McCue

The Biden administration is opening up the northern and central coasts of California to the first commercial scale offshore wind farm projects in the region. The first location, called the Morro Bay 399 Area, is roughly 400 square miles off... Read More

Congress Favors Proposals for Clean Energy Built on Public Lands
Energy
Congress Favors Proposals for Clean Energy Built on Public Lands
2021-05-25 13:49:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s aggressive environmental agenda moved forward during a congressional hearing Monday on whether to increase development of clean energies on federal lands. Democrats and Republicans agreed more solar, wind and geothermal energy plants should be built... Read More

New App from Sandia National Lab Assesses Value of Energy Storage
Energy
New App from Sandia National Lab Assesses Value of Energy Storage
2021-05-24 20:24:30
by TWN Staff

A new Sandia National Laboratories’ software application, called Quest, can help utility companies and corporate project developers assess how much money adding an energy storage system will save. Energy storage systems capture energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels,... Read More

The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid
Energy
The Knowns, And Known Unknowns of Achieving a National-Scale Renewable Electric Grid
2021-05-19 18:51:09
by TWN Staff

As the Biden administration continues to push for a deal on an infrastructure bill that includes a sweeping number of renewable energy related projects, a team of researchers at the Department of Energy say they have growing confidence that reliable,... Read More

Malta and Duke Energy to Study Converting Coal Units into Energy Storage Facilities
Energy
Malta and Duke Energy to Study Converting Coal Units into Energy Storage Facilities
2021-05-19 17:09:27
by TWN Staff

Malta Inc. and Duke Energy will study the socioeconomic, environmental and operational benefits of converting retiring coal units into long-duration, zero-emissions energy storage systems by integrating Malta’s pumped heat energy storage system into existing infrastructure at a Duke Energy coal... Read More

DOE Invests $35 Million to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production
Climate
DOE Invests $35 Million to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production
2021-05-17 17:05:56
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities,... Read More

Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
Employment
Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
2021-05-17 15:32:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or those jobs which contribute to preserving or restoring the environment, including those in traditional sectors, like manufacturing.  His American Jobs... Read More

How Consumers Created A Pop-Up Gas Crisis
Energy
How Consumers Created A Pop-Up Gas Crisis
2021-05-17 15:29:14
by Dan McCue

It was a scene that repeated itself at intersection after intersection in the District and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland this past weekend. Desperate-faced drivers, their knuckles taut against their steering wheels, slowly moving past lonely gas pumps and... Read More

Gas Crunch From Cyberattack Intensifies in Nation's Capital
Cybercrime
Gas Crunch From Cyberattack Intensifies in Nation's Capital

Gas shortages at the pumps are spreading from the South to the Mid-Atlantic states, where Virginia and the District of Columbia have become some of the hardest-hit areas following a cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation's largest gasoline... Read More

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