Friday, April 24, 2015

April 20-24, 2015


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 


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


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 


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



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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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? 


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



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


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 


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


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 


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


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 


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


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 


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.