Friday, March 6, 2015

March 2-6, 2015


Senate falls five votes short of overriding Keystone XL veto

Warren Buffett slams Keystone delay 

EPA chief races to finish climate rules before Obama leaves office 

Can Republicans block Obama’s clean energy plans? 

Watchdog scrutinizes EPA on employee salaries 

McConnell Urges States to Defy U.S. Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas 

Coal industry, enviros wage PR war over Clean Power Plan 

Nearly a Dozen States Working to Protect the Electric Grid 

Inside the GOP's science policy: Climate change

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

TransCanada again blocked from using eminent domain along Keystone XL route


Dynegy 'very interested' if AEP sells Ohio plants 

DeWine sues BP over $33 million from Ohio’s fuel-tank clean-up fund 

Ohio House bill would ease fracking in state parks 

Proposed fracking tax hike cheered by local officials, booed by industry advocates 

Oil and gas industry opposes frack-tax increase

Murray Energy says EPA climate rule already hurting industry 

Waterless fracking company in acquisition deal

PUCO ruling doesn’t rule out ‘bailout’ plans in the future 

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pfeifer says oil-gas clout tied to checkbooks


Minn. Supreme Court backs farmers in CapX2020 powerline fight 

Two picked to build Chicago-area car-charging stations charged with fraud 

BP: Petcoke will not be stored in Indiana 

Interest groups pushing gas tax overhaul to fix Illinois roads 

Okla. agency linked quakes to oil in 2010, but kept mum amid industry pressure 

Houston County, Minn. commissioners reject frac-sand ban 

Clock ticks toward North Dakota producers reaping up to $5.3 billion oil tax break 

Nuclear power debate returns to Minnesota Legislature 

Minneapolis council moves to ban city investments in Big Oil 

Westar seeking rate hike of about $13 a month per customer 

Many, but not all, are energized to oppose proposed Illinois power line 

$1 power plant sale could cost We Energies customers $200 million 


A Q&A with Paul Douglas, the evangelical Christian Republican poster boy for climate change 

Al Gore will be in Iowa to train 'climate solvers'

Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?

Shell’s Ollila Says Society Must Find ‘Middle Way’ on Climate Change

Early human ancestor shaped by climate change, study says

Dr Wei-Hock Soon, who accepted $1.25m in funding from Exxon Mobil and others, defends his record on climate change 

How climate change will alter NYC's skyline


Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance 

Saudi Oil Minister Denies Price War With U.S. Shale 

Saudi Aramco exits difficult year with 8 new oil fields

Money Starts Flowing in from Israeli Gas Fields

Egypt Open to Gas Exports From Israel, Oil Minister Says 


Scott Walker wants to end funding for Wisc. renewable energy program 

The desirable, all-natural (and extremely hard) way to light an office

Amid solar boom, growth still seen for wind in Minnesota 

S.D. setting aside $300,000 to expand its ethanol program 

Michigan Democrats Seek 20 Percent Renewable Power By 2022 

Wind Turbines Have Positive Effect on Crops 

Report: Uncertainty Clouds Michigan's Solar Industry

Wisconsin Solar Power: A Bright Future 

University of Iowa eyes $75 million combined heat and power facility 

Energy efficiency better path to savings than competition, Illinois watchdog says 

Small ethanol plants struggle for an edge 



New models yield clearer picture of emissions' true costs  

Conference highlights Midwest know-how in energy technologies

Toyota has begun producing its hydrogen car, named Mirai

Researchers explore longer life cycle for batteries 

Engineering energy-efficient homes like designing Mars missions 

Power-generating urinal pioneered in Britain 


Harrison Ford Hospitalized After Crashing Small Plane Near Los Angeles 

Malaysia Airlines: One year after MH370

Bill to make 'Hang on Sloopy' Ohio's rock song passes House 

Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped in Gap Between Walls 

Portland man arrested for allegedly stealing 2 bicycles and a goat named Penelope 

Man in Finland gets $60,000 speeding ticket 

Michael Arace commentary: Jordan Leopold's daughter gets her daddy back  

The Energy Buzz thanks John Howley, Jeff Brehm and Keith Crabtree for contributing links in this week's issue.

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 23-27, 2015


As promised, Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

EPA: We have tools to ensure grid reliability under carbon rule

Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA's cross-state rule

Manufacturers decry Clean Power Plan, threaten to take flight

Inhofe throws snowball on Senate floor as part of argument against climate change

Bipartisan Senate duo pushes for repeal of ethanol mandate

Sen. Heitkamp to push again for clean coal legislation

E.P.A. Issues Stiffer Rules on Vehicle Fuel Ratings 

U.S. refinery strike continues with no steps toward settlement

Bill Gates and Others Urge U.S. Government to Increase Energy Research

U.S. oil inventory bursting at the seams


PUCO rejects AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income

PJM power plants keeping up with increased demand despite record cold 

Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio

Porter’s return to PUCO fuels speculation about chairman’s future

Moniz praises advances at First Solar plant

Service companies hit by drilling slowdown

Oil-and-gas industry donations, Ohio Supreme Court ruling tied?

Ohio State expects at least $250M freed up by energy-privatization plan

Ohio shale wells produced more oil, gas in fourth quarter

Blue Creek Wind Farm pays another $2.7M to Van Wert and Paulding counties and schools 


Iowa gov signs 10-cent gas tax increase

Exelon-backed bill seeks $2 more a month for nuclear plants

Consumers, DTE warn of coming electricity shortfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula

Oil tax funding formula passes N.D. House

North Dakota coal production increases 4 percent in 2014

Wisconsinites sound off on Integrys/WPS sale

Peabody Energy cuts forecast for US coal demand due to cheap gas

Iowa officials continue to handle fallout from derailed train

Chicago petcoke announcement raises more questions


Poll: Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

Del. professor caught in climate change controversy 

Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles 

Europe Lays Out Vision for Climate Change 

Can only Republicans help Republicans on climate change?

Global Vegetarianism Isn't the Solution to Climate Change

The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change


OPEC and the oil glut: An oily mess

Turkey secures 10% discount on Russian gas

Jordan: The Middle East’s Next Nuclear Power?

Israel delays monopoly decision on natural gas fields

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

Could Iranian Gas Be The Solution For Europe?

Head of UN climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment case 


Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy

Indiana solar bill appears to be in trouble 

Clean energy businesses in Wisconsin press on despite roadblocks

Pittsfield, Ann Arbor at odds over proposed airport solar array

Top U.S. Solar Makers Plan Venture to Own Low-Risk Power Plants

Ameren, Missouri Public Counsel resolve energy efficiency program dispute

Company pursuing S.D. wind farm appeals rejection of towers 

Gasoline Plunge Wipes Out Profits for U.S. Ethanol Makers 


Hamilton, Ohio wins international drinking water taste test

Llamas Lead Arizona Police on Chase Through Phoenix Suburbs (video)

$150K Dress Worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars Reported Stolen

'What Color Is This Dress?' Debate Swamps Web

Manatees Rescued After Getting Stuck In Drain

The Energy Buzz thanks Keith Crabtree for contributing links in this week's issue.

Friday, February 20, 2015

February 16-20, 2015


Grid operators push for more time on EPA plan

EPA proposal dashed hopes of struggling nuclear operators

Coal States Building Wall of Red Tape to Resist EPA's Clean Power Plan

Some state electricity regulators still not sure global warming is human-caused

W.Va. oil train fire rekindles push for tanker rules

Train That Derailed in West Virginia Had Modern Tanker Cars Hailed as Safe

FERC orders review in $65 million Wisconsin-Michigan power dispute

Exxon subsidiary penalized for $1.3M in North Dakota audit dispute

Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

Iowa wants to make ethanol a 2016 presidential election issue

Unlikely allies AFP, Sierra Club team up to support Tesla's business model 

TransCanada to seek U.S. approval for $600 million Upland Pipeline


Local governments cannot regulate fracking, Ohio Supreme Court rules

W.Va. train derailment could jeopardize Cincinnati drinking water

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander leaving company

New FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company

FirstEnergy looks to switch the topic from power plants

Dynegy lobbying against AEP’s power purchase agreement plan

New rules cloud future for large-scale wind farms in Ohio


PJM Interconnection CEO to retire at end of 2015

Slumping utilities shares drag down overall stock market

BP to stop sending petcoke to Chicago

Fingers pointed at N.D. state officials following train disaster

Consumers Energy says it has enough power for Michigan's Lower Peninsula

N.D. Senate kills natural gas flaring bill

How man was overcharged by Dominion Virginia Power for nearly 15 years

Review: ND oil and gas division ignores EPA guidelines for saltwater disposal wells

Industry, advocates weighing in on Minnesota coal case

Iowa utility board denies separate eminent domain hearing request for transmission line


The term that actually makes climate change less political

Climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

6 in 10 Americans Have Given Climate Change and Health 'No Thought'

Activist Tom Steyer urges youth to fight climate change in UC Berkeley address

Citigroup to invest $100bn in tackling climate change

BP: huge rise in energy demand at odds with climate change fight

Climate Change Poised to Make Infectious Disease Outbreaks More Frequent


How ISIS makes (and takes) money

The Battle for Libya’s Oil

China’s electric car boom: should Tesla Motors worry?

Russia starts sending gas to east Ukraine rebel zone

Ukraine has a $1 billion plan to wean itself off Russian gas

The Obama administration gives India a shove on climate change


Indiana House panel OKs solar bill on party-line vote

Illinois legislators introduce groundbreaking clean energy bill

Solar farm planned west of Lincoln airport moves ahead

Clothes dryers, the last of the big energy-sucking home appliances, get more eco-friendly

Minnesota Man Could Go to Jail Over Wind Turbine Dispute

Solar Jobs in Minn. Doubled from 2013 to 2014

St. Louis University adding solar power to campus


Utilities Push Into Fuel Stations for Electric Cars

Study recommends better EPA labels on cost of traditional vs. hybrid, electric cars

The buzz about bees and biofuels

Apple’s Electric Car Dreams May Bring Detroit Nightmares

Gas guzzlers on the decline


'It's My Party' singer Lesley Gore dies at 68

16 killed after power line falls on Haiti carnival float

Scorpion stings passenger on Alaska Airlines flight

Michigan woman accidentally killed herself while adjusting bra holster, police say

Daffod-ill: U.K. Stores Warn Shoppers Not to Eat Flowers

Residents Film Toxic, Orange Cloud in Spain

The Energy Buzz thanks John Howley, Keith Crabtree and Jeff Brehm for contributing links in this week's issue.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February 9-13, 2015


EPA hints it may change carbon rule's time frame

Energy group pushes back on NERC's Clean Power Plan concerns

New GOP Senate begins assault on Obama's climate rules

Obama unveils $2B goal for private investments in climate fight

A new report just shot down a key argument against President Obama’s climate plans

House Passes Keystone Bill Despite Obama’s Opposition

Congress to wait until after recess to send bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline to Obama

Keystone XL pipeline on hold after Nebraska judge grants injunction

Coal-reliant Ameren offers support for EPA plan in exchange for revisions

Survey shows strong support for easing oil export ban


AEP power purchase agreement decision expected soon

Cloudy skies for Ohio’s clean-energy industry

AEP wants to charge more for smart meters

Compressed natural gas station opens in Dayton

PUCO-ordered audit of Gas Natural, Inc. uncovers extensive issues

Dayton-area energy efficiency contractor plans to tap new markets, hire in 2015

Ohio utility ‘bailouts’ could impact capacity market

Safest mode of transport for oil and gas debated

PD guest opinion: Kasich's proposed tax increase on the oil, gas industry likely to be crippling 


Michigan man dies after utility shutoff; state agency orders investigation 

Michigan DEQ tightens rules on residential oil-gas drilling

Pennsylvania governor proposes new tax on natural gas extraction

Illinois AG escalates fight over Peoples' soaring costs

Minn. House committee votes to remove energy grant program from Dept. of Commerce

Monitoring continues on the Mississippi River after ethanol spill


Study: Climate change increases risk of decades-long ‘megadroughts’ 

Sub-Saharan African countries are failing to plan for climate change 

Experts: Climate Change May Make Northeast Winter Storms Worse

Apple Invests $850 Million in Solar Power, Citing Climate Change

Brazil climate change plan backfires, doubling steel emissions

How climate change made humans who we are 

Scientists Are Pretty Terrified About These Last-Minute Fixes to Global Warming


Plunge in Oil Prices Unlikely to Last Much Longer, IEA Says

Despite safety concerns, China resuming construction of nuclear plants 

UN cracks down on ISIS financing by banning oil purchases

Gazprom readies Chinese gas pipeline 

South Africa Ignores Advisers Over $85 Billion Nuclear Plan

Uganda's first barrels set to sell


Apple’s Solar Deal Could Be a Steal

Three Xcel projects will boost state's solar power tenfold

Missouri Supreme Court forces utility to comply with renewable energy mandate

Xcel Energy says proposed giant solar gardens don't look like 'community' projects

Five years have passed since Lake Michigan wind turbines proposed

Dane County, Wisc. judge sides with solar panel users on size restrictions

Biofuel component suspected in feed contamination on Michigan turkey farm


Researchers point to a way to 'significantly' cut CCS costs

Research shows strong correlation between quakes, oil activity 

Falling gas prices don't always influence car buyers' choices, studies hint

GM to build 200-mile electric car at Michigan plant

Methane emissions from natural gas industry higher than previously thought


In a room full of dogs, Amy the pig is a Babe

Nebraska Family Fights To Keep Blind Goat

No Charges for Woman Who Threw Bacon Into Police Station

Montana Lawmaker Says Yoga Pants Should Be Illegal

Court Rules Against Ex-Teacher With a Phobia of Young Kids

The Energy Buzz thanks John Howley and Jeff Brehm for contributing links in this week's issue.