Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 24-26, 2014

ABRIDGED THANKSGIVING EDITION

Ohio Energy News

PUCO approves FirstEnergy's request to suspend popular energy efficiency programs 

Energy standards committee, PUCO not on same page at 1st meeting 

Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio 

University of Cincinnati first public university to issue green bonds 

HAZMAT responds to Beckjord Station

Broadview Heights, seeking to limit drilling, is latest at odds with state



National Energy News

Fuel manufacturer threatens to sue EPA over renewable fuel standard

Stakeholders baffled, angry as Obama admin punts 2014 RFS

Cyberattackers have penetrated U.S. infrastructure systems -- NSA chief

Exelon-Pepco deal that would create giant Mid-Atlantic provider passes FERC muster

Report: Wind power saves $1.2 billion each year

The Downside of the Boom in North Dakota

Natural Gas Boom Is Drowning Out Coal Industry's Battle Cries

VA Cancels Contract With St. Cloud, Minn. Wind Turbine

While the college divestment campaign struggles, cities and pension funds see some benefits

Newest Ill. clean coal project searches for a way to sell its energy 

Clean energy groups join N.D.-Minn. energy appeal 

Judge: Illinois fracking rules can be published

Florida PSC set to rule on easing energy efficiency goals for utilities

University of Illinois researchers ID yield zones for three bioenergy crops


Proposed wind-energy transmission line jolts some farmers

Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels


Coal energy's best days are long gone

Coal's share of energy production likely to drop to 22 percent by 2020

Walmart is big consumer of coal energy


International Energy/Climate Change News

Germany to shut down eight more coal plants

Can china cut coal?

When polar bears attack

More than 100 glaciers have vanished from Glacier National Park

Buckeye trees in Michigan?

Americans would rather adapt to extreme weather than curb climate change

Climate change could affect future of Lake Michigan basin

Even Thanksgiving is connected to climate change

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 17-21, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote

House passes bill to reform EPA science panel 

States face barriers to cooperating on EPA greenhouse gas rule on power plants 

8 years after DOE solicits clean coal projects, $8B in loan guarantees untouched 

EPA Clean Power Plan overestimates electric industry compliance costs 

Nuclear Agency Rules Are Ill-Suited for Plant Decommissioning, Leader Says 

Yale University poll: 67 Percent Of Americans Would Pay Higher Prices To Cut Power Plant Emissions 

Wind Tax Credit Attacked as U.S. Debates Lapsed Breaks 

Grassley: Don’t ‘pull the rug out’ from wind energy 

NSA Director: China can damage US power grid 

Oil, ethanol groups say EPA delay hurting their industries 

Chair: FERC isn't responsible for gauging projects' impact on warming 

Kitty litter mix-up at fed lab contributed to costly nuclear radiation leak, report says 


OHIO ENERGY 

State officials hid report showing 31,000 clean energy jobs in 2012 

Ohio could meet initial EPA clean air standard easily, PJM study finds 
 Ohio’s energy mandates committee moving to 1st meeting next week

Groups sue state over 'illegal' fracking-waste permits

Waterless fracking getting trial run at Utica well in Ohio

Nuclear option: DTE unlikely to act right away on license to build Fermi

What does Halliburton, Baker Hughes merger mean for the Utica Shale play?

PD editorial board:  The green-energy jobs report that, shamefully, stayed buried until now


NATIONAL ENERGY 

‘A tale of two peninsulas': Can Michigan’s grid be unified? 

Minnesota not on track to meet proposed emissions reductions 

NRG Seeks to Cut 90% of Its Carbon Emissions

Q&A: Trying to build a future for nuclear power

BNSF Railway to put $6 billion toward relieving congestion

With Baker Hughes acquisition, Halliburton cements leading North Dakota role

North Dakota conditioning rules draw ire of Bakken operators

Minnesota frac sand plant fined for excessive noise, air pollution

Michigan lawmakers propose blocking $100 million Upper Peninsula electric hikes

Study: Wisconsin groundwater contaminated by coal ash

Fracking to occur in East Coast's largest forest 

Indiana consumer office opposes Duke's $1.9B grid upgrade plan

Shale Drillers Keep Output High Despite Oil Price Decline


CLIMATE CHANGE

Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change 

Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013

Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest

A big reason climate change isn’t a priority: The apocalypse

Why environmentalists think the political tide is turning on climate change

Fighting Climate Change With Indigenous Livelihoods 


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

Call for climate change cash to be spent in UK rejected 

UK Labour Party leader: Political consensus on climate change has frayed 

S. Korea announces four more nuclear reactors to be built 

American officials put up hurdles, try to scuttle India-US nuclear deal

Noble, partners eye $2 billion upgrade to Israel gas field


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Why Google halted its research into renewable energy 

Michigan regulators use PACE to ‘set example’ on efficiency

Does Walmart Have a Dirty Energy Secret?


New $7.5 million air, heating systems added to General Motors Flint Assembly plant

LED bulbs look just like old timey Edison incandescents

St. Paul Saints stadium builders aim to make it a 'green' field 

SunEdison and TerraForm Buy First Wind, Gaining a Toehold in Turbines 


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Is electrolysis the pathway to reach totally carbon-free hydrogen fuel? 

Hydrogen Cars Join Electric Models in Showrooms

Tiny Batteries Could Revolutionize Green Energy

Britain's first poo-powered bus takes to the road

Lean times ahead: Preparing for an energy-constrained future


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE… 

Mike Nichols, urbane director loved by crowds and critics, dies at 83 

The Duchess of Alba, an Unconventional Aristocrat, Dies at 88 

Monkeys invade kayaker's boat in Thailand (video)

Company paid off $12,000 worth of layaway accounts

Polish Town Nixes Winnie the Pooh Mascot Over 'Dubious Sexuality'




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

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 10-14, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

In Climate Deal With China, Obama May Set 2016 Theme 

Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much 

GOP congressional leaders denounce U.S.-China deal on climate change

Incoming Senate environment chair: China playing U.S. on climate agreement 

Obama to Announce $3 Billion U.S. Contribution to Climate Change Fund 

In the wake of elections, legal experts explore vulnerabilities in the EPA power plant rule 

Controversial U.S. energy loan program that funded Solyndra now officially in the black 

14 states and D.C. pen brief supporting EPA climate rule 

House, Senate to vote on Keystone 

NPR: Coal mines keep operating despite injuries, violations and millions in fines

Ex-Massey exec Donald Blankenship indicted in disaster at coal mine

AOL drops ALEC over climate change denial 


OHIO ENERGY 

PUCO chair: EPA clean air rule could cost Ohio billions 

AEP doesn’t plan new power plants in Ohio’s unregulated market 

Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility 

Renewable energy committee still full of unknowns, Stinziano says 

First Solar to add 120 workers at Perrysburg Twp. plant 

Panel questions Davis-Besse attorneys, officials on safety

Tesla opens supercharging station in Dayton 

Advocates question job figures in Ohio coal plant dispute 

China’s wind energy push boosting Columbus company 

AEP increases capital budget for transmission grid 

EIA forecast shows 1.667B cubic feet per day in Utica shale for December 

Future of drilling industry is in natural gas, not oil, CEO says 

Circleville light-bulb factory adding, not losing, jobs 


CLIMATE CHANGE

Your brain on climate change: why the threat produces apathy, not action 

Study: Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

Lightning will increase with climate change, study predicts 

Climate Change Worsens Dead Zones in Seas, Lakes and Rivers: Study 

If capitalism is the cause of climate change, then what's the solution? 

What Climate Change Means For A Land Of Glaciers 


NATIONAL ENERGY

Studies show widespread opposition to electric rate increases in Wisconsin

More public comment sought on North Dakota oil transport

Kansas' 4.8-magnitude earthquake likely to spur debate about energy extraction

Oil Industry Water Problems Signal Treatment Need: Report

Exelon Advances Bid to Charge Extra for N.Y. Reactor

Unpaid bills, cost overruns alleged at Prairie Island nuclear plant

Michigan Senate votes to double gas tax to help fix roads; Bill moves to House

Group sues to block Illinois fracking rules from being published

Wisconsin Energy, Integrys try to settle shareholder suits over merger


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

G20 summit: Can they ignore climate change? 

Will the Saudis drive U.S. shale out of business?

Australian P.M. Tony Abbott accused of 'stubborn isolationism' on climate change

Hope grows that OPEC will cut production

Turkish energy minister 'considering resigning' after deadly mining accident

Glencore to shutter Australian coal mines for three weeks



RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

In Midwest, rural co-ops taking a lead on community solar 

Solar moves beyond early adopters in upper Midwest 

Minnesota hydroelectric plant producing power - first since 2012 flood 

Clean Line pursues key approvals for transmission projects

How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really? 

Wisconsin's renewable energy program to shift to loans instead of grants 

Ford Enlists Wind Energy Corp. to Provide Wind, Solar Energy to Four U.S. Dealerships


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

A Battery to Prop Up Renewable Power Hits the Market 

Pilot hydrogen storage and production facility offers glimpse into the fueling stations of the future

Superconducting cable reliably supplies 10,000 households with electricity 

LED lighting offers a cost-effective solution to protect artwork


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE… 

'Big Bang Theory' actress Carol Ann Susi dies at 62 

Father Sings 'Blackbird' To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth 

81-year-old Army Vet Has Government Letter Declaring Him Dead

Bono: I'm worried my luggage fell 15,000 feet onto cow

Raspy Al Roker breaks weather reporting record

...but also forgot to turn off his mic during a bathroom break





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

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 3-7, 2014

Editor's Note: Because of the OREC Marketing, Member Services & Communications Association Meeting, the Buzz was a bit pressed for time this week. We're offering an abridged election wrap-up edition and returning at full strength next week. Thanks!


MIDTERM ELECTION/POLICY WRAP-UP

Energy Policy Seen Ripe for Compromise in GOP Congress

Senate GOP to fight on Keystone, climate rules, McConnell says

Murkowski readies for reins of Senate Energy

Inhofe: I’ll chair Environment Committee

GOP advance in governorships could change climate policies

US Republican victory may have muted oil, gas impact

New leaders of Senate panels to shift energy, climate focus

Keystone Approval Sought by Republicans Daring Obama Veto

Keystone ‘small aspect’ of total US energy picture, Obama says

TransCanada eager for renewed Keystone push in Senate

NERC warns of reliability issues in EPA climate plan

EPA considering extended timeline for rule implementation

White House: GOP Senate won’t stop Obama on climate

Republican Takeover of Senate will Spotlight Climate Denial

Poll: Voters want climate policies

The biggest loser in this election is the climate

Tom Steyer, greens have rough night at the polls

Did Steyer waste millions?

Congratulations, Voters. You Just Made This Climate Denier the Most Powerful Senator on the Environment.

Climate Quietly Wins Midterm Victory in the Northeast

Without Reid, Yucca Mountain Looms

Greens: Obama won’t be cowed by anti-environmental riders

Oil-Rich North Dakota Rejects Conservation Funding Measure

Energy Department considering reversing water heater regs


OHIO NEWS 

Youngstown, Kent, Gates Mills reject anti-fracking measures; Athens approves

Kasich promises more taxes on fracking

AEP aiming to improve reliability south of Columbus with new transmission lines

FERC licenses Lake Milton hydropower project

Low-income Ohioans to bear brunt of weatherization cuts

SWACO says partner in recyclables project in default

Cleveland to be first stop on the Ohio Future of Energy statewide tour

Ohio utilities feel burned by solar-energy users


TECHNOLOGY, RENEWABLES & RESEARCH

Will a Breakthrough Solar Technology See the Light of Day?

State, federal role in electric utilities' labor issues should be reexamined, study says

On-site fabrication process makes taller wind turbines more feasible

Study finds unprecedented production of metals needed to meet some solar energy goals