Friday, March 6, 2015

March 2-6, 2015

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

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


OHIO ENERGY 


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



NATIONAL ENERGY 


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 



CLIMATE CHANGE


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


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY


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 



RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY 


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 


 

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

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 




WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…


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

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

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


OHIO ENERGY

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 



NATIONAL ENERGY


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



CLIMATE CHANGE


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



INTERNATIONAL ENERGY


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 



RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY


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 



WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

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

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

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



OHIO ENERGY


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


NATIONAL ENERGY


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


CLIMATE CHANGE

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


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

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


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

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


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

'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

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

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


OHIO ENERGY

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 



NATIONAL ENERGY 

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


CLIMATE CHANGE


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


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY


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


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY


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


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH


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


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

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.