Friday, April 24, 2015

April 20-24, 2015

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

House clears energy efficiency bill (includes exemption for certain water heaters)
 

Obama administration is taking on agriculture’s role in climate change 

The U.S.’s energy infrastructure will need major changes, says Obama report


Transportation Department issues Safety Regulations for Trains Carrying Oil 


NERC says CO2 rule needs to allow more time for grid investment

Carbon emissions grew in 2014


Study: Coal would have to be more expensive for EPA plan to work 


Office of Pipeline Safety chided in Politico investigation for weak oversight 


Liberals in Congress target 'absurd' tax breaks for fossil fuels 


U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts coal regulations will be defeated in court 


USGS Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas


Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year


EEI estimates transmission grid investment surpassed $20B in 2014 



OHIO ENERGY 


AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants 


AEP burning 15 percent less coal as natural gas prices plummet


AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues 


Kaptur takes Kasich to task on renewable energy


Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid 


Thai/Japanese joint venture picks Belmont County for ethane cracker plant 


SWACO profits from methane created by landfill 


Solar energy gets cloudy in Ohio 


Cuyahoga County launches program that would raise up to $120 million for energy efficiency building upgrades 


Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge gets electric vehicle charging station


RES unwraps Ohio battery plans 


Brook Park mayor: FirstEnergy should win its electric security plan, to save reliable power plants and jobs


Coal traffic down, petroleum up on Ohio River



NATIONAL ENERGY


Utilities’ Profit Recipe: Spend More

Final OK granted for $580M Wisc. transmission line, appeal expected


Controversial oil tax bill passes N.D. Senate


Bills limiting local regulation of oil and gas drilling get Oklahoma House approval


Michigan PSC approves acquisition, 9% rate hike for Integrys in U.P.


Power plant owners say they won't see windfall from electricity price auction, disputing Illinois AG


Dynegy CEO: We could have to cut Illinois jobs if Exelon gets bailout 


Underground coal mine causes safety concerns for stretch of road near Terre Haute, Ind. 


We Energies' waste used to produce gypsum to help farmers 


Rally activists say Bakken pipeline would harm Iowa 


Exelon's downstate Illinois windfall not as large as thought 


Okla. science agency links quakes to oil 



RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY


Iowa farmers like their solar systems

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power 


Wind energy tax credit breezes to 2nd round in Nebraska Legislature 


Competing Minn. Budget Plans Show Bipartisan Split on Energy Policy 


Downtown St. Paul utility makes solar energy deal 


The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think


Hydro power near shuttered paper mill expands Dairyland Power Cooperative's renewable energy 


Detroit Zoo wants to use animal manure to generate energy

 

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Finding Easier Ways to Charge Electric Vehicles


Tesla Motors to Unveil Home and Utility Batteries April 30 


Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power 


Indiana high school becomes first public place with energy-generating flooring


Study Finds Low Cost in Reducing Methane Emissions


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…


At Last: Kentucky Authorities Bust Ring Behind Great Bourbon Heist


Colorado man cited for shooting his computer

Model for Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at 92


Coyote roaming exclusive Manhattan neighborhood triggers massive police hunt 






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

Friday, April 17, 2015

April 13-17, 2015

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

House Lawmakers Squabble With EPA Over Power Plant Bill, Impacts of Rules 


EPA, Dems assail bill targeting climate rule


Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test


Hillary Clinton May Take Strong Stance on Global Warming

Hillary Clinton has a Keystone XL problem


Floridians seem a lot more worried about climate change than Marco Rubio is


House panel approves bill to tweak coal ash standards


EPA settles lawsuit over ethanol mandate


Politico: The fall of coal


Scott Walker slammed as climate change denier by Steyer group


Tribes say no to Keystone XL


A Slim Majority of Americans Say They Support Nuclear Energy, steady drop in support continues


Sued by engineer of train that exploded, BNSF says it may be shielded by federal law


EIA: Reports of coal's death may have been greatly exaggerated


OHIO ENERGY


New PUCO chairman Porter vows stability, fairness


FirstEnergy closes coal-fired plants in Eastlake, Ashtabula, Cleveland


NRDC targets Portman in ad bltiz 


Ohio Department of Taxation eyeing alternative energy companies

Murray Energy lays off hundreds, blames Obama policies


Kinder Morgan ponders second pipeline in Ohio


Coal barge descends into Ohio River near Racine Locks & Dam


Green advocates hope Ohio energy committee will broaden focus


Crain's guest column: Denying FirstEnergy's power purchase agreement would leave Ohio's regulators three-for-three


NATIONAL ENERGY


Michigan state board approves petition language to ban fracking

Wisconsin lawmakers vote to end funding for Citizens' Utility Board


N.D. sees second consecutive monthly drop in oil output 


Exelon's downstate Illinois nuke gets surprise windfall


Some Keystone opponents suffer legal setback in S.D. 


Southern Illinois coal mine idled by elevated gas levels


Univ. of Oklahoma pres says Hamm meeting was about financial support, not quakes


Lansing municipal utility planning replacement of coal plant


Judge supports Sandpiper pipeline in northern Minnesota


Mich. utility giants, firms clash on energy policy


ND mulling project to recycle oil drilling waste for roads

Mississippi Power CEO talks about Kemper Plant


What shuttering coal plants means for energy jobs


CLIMATE CHANGE


Climate Change Caused California Drought

Climate denial fading among broadcast meteorologists


Harvard Blockade of Faust’s Office Escalates Climate Protest 


Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change? 


For Wyoming, Climate Change Is Now 


'Citizen scientists' help study desert climate change


Burying the climate change problem

CCS recognized as 'climate mitigation finance' by global financial institutions

Researcher uses time marine microbes to model climate change

Fish and Chips threatened by climate change


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY


Lake Kivu’s Great Gas Gamble: Rawanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo pin hopes on unsual source of natural gas 


Michigan Rep. Says Congress Should Oppose Canada’s Nuclear Waste Plan Near Lake Huron


Prime Minister Modi says India must lead on climate change


OPEC plan to strangle US suppliers working 


Saudi Arabia Adds Half a Bakken to Oil Market in a Month 


Iraq set for record crude exports in April 


Kuwait's oil facilities on alert due to Yemen 


Japan court blocks restarting of two nuclear reactors 


Ontario and Quebec sign cap-and-trade deal, urge Ottawa to take leadership role 


Pope Francis throws the weight of his office behind tackling climate change 


Germany proves life with less fossil fuel getting easier

Coal makes a comeback thanks to carbon price repeal

World's most efficient coal-fired power plants

Coal and its future are fueling conflicts around the globe


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY


Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid

Groups sue Indiana House GOP over solar bill secrecy


NRG Energy Exec Questions Why Solar Is the ‘Bad Boy,’ While Efficiency Is Good


Study: Nebraska ethanol has $5 billion impact


Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?


Court upholds Iowa natural gas tax reviled by ethanol plants

Univ. of Michigan students to present findings on small town's 100% renewable goal


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH


ComEd gets OK to deploy drones for power system inspections


New software analyses the effect of climate change on buildings from the cloud

Researchers test power network with pizza ovens

New 'cool roof time machine' will accelerate cool roof deployment


Bury nuclear waste down a very deep hole, say UK scientists


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

Art Powell, 78, Pro Football Receiver Who Fought Racism, Dies


Wolverine tranquilized at Newark Int'l Airport after chewing through cage

Chimpanzee knocks drone out of sky with stick in Netherlands zoo


U-W Madison students set record for largest Rice Krispies treat


Homeowner Refuses to Budge for Chinese Developer 





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

Friday, April 10, 2015

April 6-10, 2015

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

Wisconsin joins lawsuit over EPA's carbon emissions rules


Kansas signs letter urging the EPA to withdraw emissions proposal


Power Plant Rules Could Unite States On Climate Action


NERC to offer 'practical' guidance on reliability mechanism in Clean Power Plan 


FERC employees negotiate for industry jobs under agency's eye 


Steyer's 2016 gameplan? Shame GOP on climate change 

Poll: 59% of voters want next president to favor climate policies 


Obama Adviser During Recession Is Given New Challenge: Climate Change 


Obama: Daughter's asthma attack made climate change personal 


EPA seeks to ban fracking wastewater from going to public treatment plants 


US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades 


Bloomberg Pours $30 Million More Into Fighting Coal


ALEC is tired of being accused of climate denial — and is fighting back 


Federal energy regulators approve Wisconsin Energy deal for Integrys


Federal data: Not many oil trains for Keystone XL to displace



OHIO ENERGY


Andre Porter named new PUCO chairman by Gov. Kasich

Consumer electric bills riding on selection of new PUCO boss


Picway, Muskingum River plants two of seven AEP coal plants closing 


PUCO rejects Duke plan to guarantee income from aging coal plant 


Gas-fired power plants sprouting in Ohio to replace old coal-burners


Financing arranged for $899 million gas-fired power plant in Carroll County 


Ohio and other Appalachian states slammed by environmentalists for lack of fracking oversight 


Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens 


Eminent domain suits filed by firm planning pipeline in Lucas and Wood counties 


Early Senate ad zaps Portman over EPA emissions rules 

Ohio Transportation Budget Removes Alternative Fuel Requirement For State Vehicles

Radon may be linked to fracking, researchers suspect


Murray Energy strikes new deal for Foresight


The case for corn in Ohio's energy industry



NATIONAL ENERGY


Glitch at power station causes outages in Washington D.C.  


Former Massey CEO Says He Can't Get Fair Trial in Southern W.Va.


For Some Wisconsin State Workers, ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t Something You Can Talk About 


Milwaukee residents express concerns about trains carrying crude oil 


Delays decrease again for US railroad coal shipments: STB filings

Michigan gov splits with GOP colleagues in seeking coal alternatives


Hamm sought meeting with University of Oklahoma's Boren on Okla. quakes in 2011


Michigan State Univ. power plant to be coal-free by next year


Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban


N.D. House panel guts funds for rail safety program


Cold Train execs file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF


Palisades Nuclear Plant to increase 'transparency, public outreach' following annual safety review


Southern Ill. power plant asks for 93 percent reduction in valuation


Consumers Energy warns of looming electricity shortage in 2016 and beyond


Xcel's coal plant in Burnsville, Minn. takes its last load before transitioning to gas


CLIMATE CHANGE


Laurence Tribe Fights Climate Case Against Star Pupil From Harvard, President Obama

What Americans Think About Climate Change in Seven Maps


Why Teenagers Are Suing States Over Climate Change 


What the climate movement must learn from religion


Can volcanoes tackle climate change?


Climate change seen bringing more fires, less snow to Yellowstone


Climate change: no room for debate? 



INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

U.K. makes a big oil discovery


Canadian oil patch firms prepare for long-term recovery


The Last Coal Miners of Spain


China's most polluted province cuts coal use


Post-Fukushima Japan Turns To Wind As Solution For Energy Crisis

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Utility Sales May Drop by Half as Homes Make Their Own Power


Chicago Infrastructure Trust eyes solar project

Political divide emerges over Minnesota energy policy

Uncertainty of renewable energy incentives a challenge for Missouri solar companies


How utilities can use solar to build new business models


Iowa State University researcher warns over removing too much stover


Indiana solar park gets an energy boost


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH


Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane 


Inside the utility industry's 2015 playbook 


Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline 


How much does density really cut down on driving and pollution? 

Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think 


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

Mount St. Joseph University's Lauren Hill Dies of Cancer After Living College Basketball Dream

Newly discovered WWI graffiti sheds light on soldiers' experience


Tornado forms next to rainbow in Kansas (video) 


Drinking Too Much Iced Tea Led to Arkansas Man's Kidney Failure 


Police: Des Moines Man Reports Stolen Bag of Dog Poop 




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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 30 - April 2, 2015

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION
 

Obama’s Strategy on Climate Change, Part of Global Deal, Is Revealed

Clean air rules likely to cause power generation shortages in much of US: NERC chief


Industry advocate invokes FDR in Clean Power Plan battle

White House reviews truck efficiency rules


EPA analysis: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking


NRC proposes $17K civil penalty for decommissioned Wisc. nuclear power plant 


Million barrels of oil per day riding U.S. rails

Cheap oil prices chop jobs by thousands 


FWS declares northern long-eared bat 'threatened' in win for oil and gas industries 


North Dakota joining Wyoming lawsuit contesting federal rules for drilling on public land 


FERC approves $2.8B sale of Duke Energy’s Midwest commercial plants 



OHIO ENERGY 

Tom Johnson resigning as PUCO chairman

AEP launches website to argue against EPA carbon rules


AEP wants PUCO to hurry up with its PPA decision 


PUCO tells lawmakers not to interfere on carbon rule 

1.4 million Ohioans live within half-mile of railroad lines carrying Bakken crude 


Murray Energy's risk profiles adjusted after coal producer acquisition 


Owens Corning parking lot plan approved by Toledo City Council 


Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space: What to do about climate change? (commentary)


Blade editorial: No fracking on public land


Crain's Cleveland guest column: General Assembly should heed PJM on grid reliability


NATIONAL ENERGY
 

Study: Coal industry lost nearly 50,000 jobs in just five years

North Dakota launches oil rules hoping to curb U.S. rail disasters


St. Louis business, political leaders criticize EPA carbon regs

Illinois bill would make 'rolling coal' illegal

Mississippi River shipping woes affecting southern Illinois coal producers

Kansas links quakes to oil and gas, sharply limits waste disposal


BNSF says it will slow speed of oil trains through Twin Cities

S.D. gives tribe more time on Keystone XL

Illinois pulls plug on state-funded rebates for electric vehicles  


Loyola University Chicago may dump fossil fuel investments


Poll: Illinois voters wary of fracking 


S.D. Legislature overrides veto of electric cooperative tax plan 



RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY


Is ComEd doing Exelon's bidding by trying to rewrite Illinois energy efficiency law?

Mich. Gov. Snyder wants Energy Star rating for 8 facilities


On Renewables, Snyder Carves Out Own Niche Inside GOP 

New Bill Could Add Value To Iowa Biofuel


Grease-to-biodiesel truck startup raises nearly $1M 


Why going off the grid may not actually be such a good idea


Big solar parks proposed for Minnesota not so popular with neighbors



ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH


Busting The Myth Of Oil Storage Hitting 'Tank Tops'

Shale Crews Being Watched From Above as Emissions Levels Tested


Methane leaks from natural gas distribution pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

Duke Energy gives $1M to Indiana battery center for energy storage research


Energy storage seen as boom business for Wisconsin companies 



WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

Misao Okawa, world's oldest person, dies at age 117


Candidate Died in 2012, but His Name Might Be on 2015 Ballot


Man Accused of Posing as Officer to Cut Into Fast-Food Line

Couple Wins $1.5 Million in Britain's Lottery Twice in Two Years


Pet Rock creator dead at 78




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