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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or... Read More

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

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

It was a scene that repeated itself at intersection after intersection in the District and surrounding communities in Virginia and... Read More

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

Gas shortages at the pumps are spreading from the South to the Mid-Atlantic states, where Virginia and the District of... Read More

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

2021-05-11 18:59:05
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The decision was announced by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland... Read More

2021-05-11 15:17:05
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Says Colonial Pipeline Attack Tied to Russian Ransomware Hackers

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing energy crisis created by a Russian gang’s ransomware attack late last week led the Biden administration... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing energy crisis created by a Russian gang’s ransomware attack late last week led the Biden administration to announce a multi-pronged strategy for confronting it on Monday. While President Biden declared an emergency, Colonial Pipeline officials said... Read More

Gone Fission: Controversial Nuke Plant Near NYC Shuts Down

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — Indian Point will permanently stop producing nuclear power Friday, capping a decades-long battle over a key... Read More

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — Indian Point will permanently stop producing nuclear power Friday, capping a decades-long battle over a key source of electricity in the heart of New York City's suburbs that opponents have called a threat to millions living... Read More

2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue
Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

2021-04-26 15:43:42
by Kate Michael
Buttigieg Advocates for Major Investment in Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON — President Biden recently outlined a spend of $174 billion in his American Jobs Plan to boost electric vehicle... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden recently outlined a spend of $174 billion in his American Jobs Plan to boost electric vehicle development, proliferation, and purchasing. His administration touts this as an investment in the future of safe transportation that has potential... Read More

2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to... Read More

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

2021-04-21 14:37:03
by Kate Michael
Hydrogen as Fuel of the Future is a ‘Jump Ball’

WASHINGTON — When America Hernandez first took her job as an energy policy correspondent just over a year ago, hydrogen... Read More

WASHINGTON — When America Hernandez first took her job as an energy policy correspondent just over a year ago, hydrogen was considered a futuristic, but somewhat niche subject. “Boy did that change quickly!” she told participants at the Wilson Center’s... Read More

2021-04-19 14:26:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Legislative Window For Vital Public Infrastructure Improvements Exists

WASHINGTON - Public infrastructure researchers are saying the U.S. needs a new infrastructure vision, pointing to the Texas power grid... Read More

WASHINGTON - Public infrastructure researchers are saying the U.S. needs a new infrastructure vision, pointing to the Texas power grid failure in February as just the latest example of how vulnerable our long ignored and outdated systems have become. The... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but... Read More

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

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

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments... Read More

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

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

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the East Coast, saying Monday... Read More

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

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The state of Wyoming sued the Biden administration Wednesday challenging what state lawmakers describe as a "de-facto moratorium... Read More

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

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

For many people, the image of climate change is a coastal event. It’s the more frequent and larger hurricanes being... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what... Read More

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

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

The widespread disruptions of COVID led to an unprecedented drop in global greenhouse emissions. However, many post-coronavirus investments are fossil... Read More

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

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

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business... Read More

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

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

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English... Read More

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

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

AUSTIN, Texas — Rolling blackouts caused by an unprecedented winter storm have delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of... Read More

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

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

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday cancelled an oil and gas exploration lease sale for a sizable swath... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden is adding two new members to his energy and jobs team: David Turk, deputy secretary of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — Each year the Energy Information Administration, a statistical and analytical agency within the Department of Energy, releases its... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to... Read More

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

TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline... Read More

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

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