Friday, October 31, 2014

October 27-31, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION
 
Power Plants May Get More Time to Cut Carbon in EPA Plan

EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends 'watch list' 

Appeals court clears way for start of EPA's cross-state rule 

EPA reveals carbon emissions targets for tribal lands

In the midterm elections, utilities have a foot in both camps 

Energy Industry Lobbyist Richard Berman's Talk to Executives Secretly Taped 

Moniz Talks ‘War on Coal’ and Energy Investment 

Sen. Whitehouse to push carbon price bill 

Hagel: 'Climate change presents security issues' for US 

Kerry wants Keystone decision 'sooner rather than later' 

DOE report: US gas prices driven more by international crude

DOE pushing efficiency rules for ceiling fan lights

DOE pushing new efficiency rules for furnaces 

Poll: Swing-state voters back climate action

Why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists in response to climate change questions

White House science office sued over polar vortex video

Environmental Groups Back Some Democratic Candidates Who Resist Goals 

Environmental groups, attorneys general again sue to block nuclear plant relicensing 

Meet South Dakota’s surprisingly green Senate candidate

Are money and power changing the environmental movement? 

Keystone XL Will Fail Obama's Climate Test If Plunge in Oil Prices Persists 

Keystone Foes Energized as Price Pinches Oil Sands Allure 

Steyer's political group targets GOP Senate hopefuls in Michigan, Iowa 

Black lawmakers push back against utility solar agreements


OHIO ENERGY 

Kasich: Fracking tax is a ‘complete ripoff’ for Ohioans 

Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee 

Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout in Jefferson County 

Pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire in Monroe County 

Ohio solar companies send letter to White House backing EPA regs 

Perry nuclear plant back in operation, electrical failure traced to a circuit card 

AEP CEO expecting ‘fascinating 2015’ as markets and regulators shake up industry 

Business First: Dale Earnhardt Jr. promotes coal in new ACCCE video

Ohio State might offer lease to manage its utilities

Solar farm at Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to sell to Ohio

Big natural gas processing complex opening in Monroe County 

Dayton Business Journal guest column: Charting Ohio's energy future


NATIONAL ENERGY 

PJM to offer 'stop gap' demand-response fixes by year's end 

Groups seek investigation of Wisconsin rate case ‘petitions’

Exelon behind pro-nuclear website in Illinois

Rebuilding boom coming at Michigan power plants

Chicago testing 2 all-electric buses

Indianapolis plans to add 425 PHEVs and BEVs to municipal fleet by 2016

Officials seek Michigan-focused solution to U.P. crisis

Study: Prairie State coal plant poses big costs for Ky. muni

Consol sells more reserves to Murray Energy

North Dakota crude safety standards coming in November

Minnesota dairy farmers awarded $6.3M in lawsuit against Crow Wing Power co-op over stray voltage

Prairie Island tribe challenges new NRC storage rule

Michigan protests proposed Wisconsin Energy acquisition of Integrys

How much money do Exelon's nukes really make?


CLIMATE CHANGE

Maybe you can change people’s minds about climate change after all

The Weather Channel's Climate Challenge

NPR reduces its environment/climate change team to one reporter 

How to Talk About Climate Change in a Houston, an Oil-and-Gas Mecca 

And the award for the worst climate change record in the industrialized world goes to…Canada 

Irreversible Climate Change Would Result from Continued Inaction 

The Craziest Things Republican Candidates Have Said About Climate Change In One Video 


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

Ukraine and Russia Reach Accord on Natural Gas Deliveries 

Oil Gives Kurds a Path to Independence, and Conflict With Baghdad 

It Looks Like $80 Oil Is Here to Stay 

Canadian power producers want to keep U.S. border open 

Can Europe Keep the Lights On This Winter? 

Germany may cut coal-fired energy to protect climate 

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling 


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

As power growth slows, utilities turn to green businesses

GE: Midwest Wind Can Compete Without a Federal Tax Credit

What’s Likely To Replace Indiana’s Energy Efficiency Program

It May be Lights Out for the Wind Energy Come the Midterms

Milwaukee Public Museum dedicates solar panel wall

Judge rules Minneapolis suburb can't ban wind turbines

High Tech Panels Make Indy Airport Solar Farm The World’s Largest

Biomass key to Michigan Upper Peninsula’s future renewable portfolio

Iowa college’s wind energy dream runs into grid reality

Xcel signs deal to construct three large solar projects near Minnesota cities


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Experts: Reducing Carbon Emissions And Increasing Grid Reliability Are Doable

Innovations in Energy Storage Provide Boost for Renewables 

The Smart Grid and Hurricane Sandy: Challenges Still Ahead 

Can an economy develop without coal? 

Tesla Unveils Lower-Cost Lease Program

Why do people put solar on their roofs? Because other people put solar on their roofs

Ford goes zero-emissions with a Pedego electric bike


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

Tom Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies at 71

Coshocton County veteran found guilty, fined over pet ducks 

Photo of elderly man eating lunch with picture of deceased wife goes viral 

Teletubby break-in: Student dressed as children's character charged

Animal control officers remove 69 cats from dirty Rhode Island apartment

Base Jumper Dangles for two Hours After Getting Snagged 




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

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 20-24, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

Environment Is Grabbing Big Role in Ads for Campaigns 

Allison M. Macfarlane, head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to step down 

PBEF: Midterm voters dislike EPA climate rule 

Rep. Lamar Smith demands cost analysis of EPA climate rule 

Republicans Would Target EPA Power Plant, Ozone, Water Rules if Senate Changes Hands 

Sens. Manchin, Whitehouse form unlikely energy alliance 

DOE efficiency rules target air conditioners, clothes dryers 
Related: Other DOE regs target fluorescent lamps, water heaters 
Related: But DOE won't regulate high-intensity discharge lamps 

Hacker, Terrorist Threats Spur Bases to Build Power Grids

GAO: Lifting oil export ban would cut gas prices

Koch Industries' spending surges

Attack ads from green groups feature the Kochs as much as the climate 

Watchdog sues EPA over renewable fuel mandate

In Key Midterm Races, Democrats Sound Like Republicans on Climate Issue

Is the EPA Too Conservative in Its Clean Energy Projections Under New Carbon Rules?

Sen. Wyden presses DOE for study on US petroleum reserve


OHIO ENERGY 

Businesses call AEP’s price-guarantee request 'unfair' and ‘harmful to competitive markets’ 

High pollution levels found near Carroll County gas wells 

Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling 

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says

FirstEnergy seeks to buy 250,000 renewable energy credits, 5,100 solar renewable energy credits

Lordstown solar installation project largest in Western Hemisphere for GM

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter 

Multi-state oil and gas confab gives Ohio officials look at the future

FirstEnergy threatens termination fee in breakup letter with customers 

The drilling industry's explosion problem


NATIONAL ENERGY 

With cold approaching, Upper Midwest utilities keep eye on coal stockpiles, rail service

Natural Gas to Surpass Coal as PJM's Top Source Fuel in May 

Oil at $80 a Barrel Muffles Forecasts for U.S. Shale Boom

Illinois approves new ComEd transmission line; could create access to 1,000 MW 

Carbon-capture plant opens in San Antonio 

Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades 

Levin, Stabenow challenge Michigan U.P. power rate increase 

Out-of-control North Dakota oil well contained

Law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder could make Michigan most anti-Tesla state in the country

Illinois group seeks federal government takeover of state coal regulation 

Waste-to-energy plant fight goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court 

Abandoned Michigan mineshafts could be new energy option

Dangerous dance: Farm equipment, power line accidents up in rural MN

Did Houston energy group dupe Wisconsin customers to back rate changes?

Mich. landowners say ET Rover pipeline may impact burial ground, landing strip 

N.D. regulators approve permit for state’s first new coal mine since 1970s 


CLIMATE CHANGE

Meet the mysterious microbes fueling climate change

The Military Takes on Climate Change Deniers

Climate change may be shrinking goats ... and could lead to less bacon

South Florida Wants to Be the 51st State Because of Climate Change Worries 

Climate Change Report Slams Insurers for ‘Profound Lack of Preparedness’ 

7 industries at greatest risk from climate change 

There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 

Ireland’s reliance on agriculture recognised in EU climate deal 

EU climate deal a win for efficient companies-Austria 

EU climate policy being 'taken hostage' by Ukip, MEPs say 

U.S. Strikes Cut Into ISIS Oil Revenues, Treasury Official Says 


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Why Solar Is Much More Costly Than Wind or Hydro 

Warren Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire’s Sails 

Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation 

Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank 

Big Utilities Push into Booming Home Solar Market

Report: Wind Could Provide Almost One-Fifth Of Global Electricity By 2030

Michigan National Guard to test wind-funnel design

At 3M, solar power becomes an employee benefit

German passive house standards get makeover for Midwest

Solar power prices are dropping fast, NREL says

Mason County, Mich. wind-farm lawsuit against Consumers Energy settled for 17 of 19 plaintiffs

Michigan International Speedway Green Efforts Rev Into New Gear

Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to Michigan 'Right to Farm' Act


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Researchers find record leaks of methane from oil shale boom areas

For taller wind turbines, Iowa engineer looks to concrete

From Chicago to small towns, spreading the smart grid gospel

Evaluating powerful batteries for modular grid energy storage 

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells 

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries 


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE… 

Dancing Priests Become Internet Sensation 

Video Catches Bear Cub Strolling Through Drug Store 

Earth's magnetic field could flip in our lifetime 

Man's Ashes to Be Scattered in Fireworks Display 

Toddler Stuck After Crawling Into Claw Machine

Apple-1 computer sold at auction for $905K 

Marty McFly’s hoverboard is finally real, and it’s on Kickstarter right now 




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

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 13-17, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

EPA readies major ozone rule change 

Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change 

Obama’s Twitter account pleads to ‘stick it to the climate change deniers’ 

Paul Ryan skeptical on climate change 

The Unseriousness of Republicans on Man-Made Climate Change 

Greens launch youth voter turnout drive 

Energy Department Moves Forward With Fossil Fuel Phaseout for Buildings 

Vitter: Emails show green collusion with EPA on climate rule 31622

Greens target Google for backing GOP rep 

Tom Steyer: Midterms mark the start of climate campaign 

Exxon Blasts Movement to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Independent shaking up Kansas Senate race a mystery man on energy policy

The incredible shrinking Keystone: Industry and green groups moving on 

State Dept. climate envoy talks global accord, US expectations

Joni Ernst, Bruce Braley clash over EPA in Iowa U.S. Senate debate

Biofuel leaders says EPA has treated industry unfairly


OHIO ENERGY

The Atlantic: For $20M, AEP bought an Ohio town and a clear conscience 

9 of 12 members of Ohio’s energy law study committee voted to freeze renewable mandate 

Report: FirstEnergy’s coal focus ‘not a winning strategy’ 

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking 

Oil and gas investment in Ohio hits $3.5B over past 6 months, Bricker & Eckler reports 

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule

Sierra Club pollution complaint against AEP unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan 

No quiet period for AEP Ohio in PR game 

AEP challenges net metering plan in Ohio Supreme Court

Loans went to solar execs’ other firms 

Reynoldsburg's Dynalab gets boost making parts for new electricity meters 


CLIMATE CHANGE

Study: Natural gas surge won't slow global warming 

2014 Nobel Prize economist argues for binding GHG targets 

Minnesota officials release county-by-county breakdown of climate change impacts

For concrete, climate change may mean a shorter lifespan

Fighting Climate Change Brings Benefits To The Bottom Line

Cities are businesses' best allies in the battle against climate change

As Climate Change Warms Oceans, Fish Move Toward Poles


NATIONAL ENERGY

Murky waters: Chicagoans worry petcoke moving to barges

Minneapolis utility fight ends with unique clean-energy deal

Tesla Faces Possible Prohibition of Sales in Michigan 

Southern Illinois landowners sue over fracking delay

Wis. city's land grab to attract frac-sand mine is overruled by state agency

N.D. oil production, flaring still rising

Xcel sets April for end of coal burning at Burnsville, Minn. power plant

Appeals court says Consumers Energy not liable for 2009 explosion, fire near Clio, Mich.

No fracking without court order: Illinois DNR boss

Sand may become weak link in fracking

Michigan Citizens Force a Gas Pipeline to Skirt Their County


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

How falling oil prices are squeezing Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia 

Putin Threatens EU Gas Squeeze Raising Stakes for Ukraine 

Australia’s Energy Policy Is Simple. Listen To The UN And Do The Opposite 

Climate Warriors Target Giant Coal Terminal in Australia 

Kurdish oil exports surge despite security concerns 

Iraqi, Kurdish leaders discuss oil laws 

Pemex interested in co-ventures with US oil gas and companies, says Breitling CEO 


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Nebraska wind farm on hold

Minnesota wind energy firm Sheerwind looking to test technology in Hawaii

Abengoa Making Ethanol From Crop Waste at Plant in Kansas

Retailers, seeking out bargains, continue to lead on solar

LED streetlights pay off in West St. Paul, Minn.

Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests

Survey: Utilities Could Do a Much Better Job at Streamlining Solar Interconnection

Researchers find LEDs attract more flying invertebrates than conventional lighting


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late? 

At its vehicle emissions lab, EPA helps push automakers into a more fuel-abstemious future

Drive system saves space and weight in electric cars

Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries

Turning humble seaweed into biofuel


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE… 

Elizabeth Peña, Actress on the Big and Small Screens, Dies at 55 

The best laugh of the weekend: Nobel Prize puzzles airport security

Michigan Funeral Home Provides Drive-Thru Option

Connecticut Man Accused of 'Mopping Aggressively'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling plans to build Hagrid's hut in her back garden




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

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 6-10, 2014

ENERGY POLITICS, POLICY & REGULATION

Sherwood-Randall sworn in as deputy energy secretary 

EPA chief apologizes for her generation’s role in climate change 

Commerce Department queries energy firms ahead of export rulings 

Fewer than half of U.S. states preparing for climate change 

Union members from Appalachia protest EPA power plant proposal

Investors, activists press eBay, others to break up with ALEC

Organizing for Action gets behind Google's withdrawal from ALEC 

DOE efficiency rules target power cords for cellphones, laptops

Judge dismisses Neb. challenge to proposed greenhouse gas rule 

US agency issues permit for Canada-NYC power line 

Moniz: U.S. ‘Actively Looking’ at Issues Informing Oil Exports 

Politicians like nothing more than success. Witness Obama on oil.

Study: EPA carbon rules would save thousands of lives in Illinois and Missouri 

Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on DOE grant application 

GOP Senate Candidate in WV says She Misspoke When She Said She Doesn’t Believe In Man-Made Climate Change 


OHIO ENERGY 

The battle of Ohio: clean energy vs. coal 

AEP asks PUCO for income guarantee for 4 coal-fired plants 

AEP Ohio president weighs in on proposal to have customers subsidize aging coal plants – Q&A 

AEP Ohio's proposed coal PPA plan draws familiar criticism

Even non-customers must help AEP with shortfall, Ohio Supreme Court rules 

Energy Mandates Study Committee names final members 

Despite political setback, high hopes for clean energy in Ohio 

Reliance on coal faulted for FirstEnergy’s ‘financial spiral'

Sierra Club: Ohio utilities’ plan to have customers subsidize coal plants ‘doesn’t hold up’ 

Will Ohio Delaying Renewable Mandates Push Away Tech Companies? 

Large Ohio manufacturing employers form lobbying group after disagreement with OMA on renewable freeze 

Sierra Club planning to sue AEP over alleged Clean Air Act violations 

Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites

Third Frontier grants Ohio University $1.45M for shale wastewater cleaning project 

Shale revenue cuts taxes for Muskingum watershed residents


CLIMATE CHANGE

Shift to Low-Carbon Economy Could Free Up $1.8 Trillion, Study Says 

Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms 

Why climate change should signal the end of the city-state 

Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter 

US east coast cities face frequent flooding due to climate change 

What type of climate-change funding for developing countries do Americans and Germans support?

Rival corporate giants join forces to get millennials acting on climate change 


NATIONAL ENERGY

PJM offers bid to salvage demand response

Coal, Not Fracking Blamed for U.S. Methane Hot Spot

Report: Major discrepancies between oil companies’ claims to investors and SEC reports about reserves

Enbridge oil cleanup on the Kalamazoo River finished, all sections of the river open for public use

In Milwaukee, critics blast We Energies rate proposal 

Most public comments on proposed Vermilion County, Ill. coal mine in opposition 

Report shows impact of Exelon's nuclear fleet 

At the Dry Fork Station, a glimpse into an uncertain future for coal 

Business interests unite to oppose N.D. conservation measure 

East Kansas nuclear plant working to restore generator before deadline that would shut down plant

US utilities say increased coal deliveries help, but more needed

A Push to Make ‘Fracking’ Sound Better

Michigan’s U.P. goes head-to-head with its energy future


INTERNATIONAL ENERGY

U.S. Aids Ukraine on Heat Plan as EU Warns on Winter

Keystone Delay Won’t Slow Canada Pipelines, Kenny Says

Iraqi Kurdistan oil tanker may have unloaded in Mediterranean

Iraq bans Kurdish oil tankers

Let contractors fight the Islamic State, Blackwater founder Erik Prince says

French parliament votes to cut nuclear power reliance


RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

UCSB professor who helped create blue LEDs shares Nobel Prize 

Iowa town puts unusual geothermal twist on district heating

Amid PV boom, solar thermal systems often overlooked

Indiana Farm Bureau Says Renewable Energy Delivering Benefits

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

Buying Renewable Power for Data Centers Poses Major Challenges for Internet Companies

Bill to repeal Michigan renewable standard faces long odds

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Airlines Fly the Skies on a Sugar High


ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH

Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work? 

A Motorcycle Fueled By Bacon Is Sizzling Down America's Highways

Electric Cars Could Help Save Power Utilities From A 'Death Spiral'

Tesla unveils exotic features, go-fast model

Engineer says 'smart grid' needed for shift to alternative energy

An Industrial-Size Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel 

OLED experts to advance improved production techniques

Norwegian Factory Aims to Solve Cement’s Carbon Problem


WEIRD, SAD, FUNNY, UPLIFTING & UNBELIEVABLE…

Former 'SNL' star Jan Hooks dies at 57

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize 

Boston time capsule from 1901 yields little red book 

Indiana college gives pizza deliverer $1,200 tip 

Family fights Tennessee Ban on Last-Name Mash-Up 

Camel Helps Expand Google Street View to Desert 

Masked Bandit Apologizes, Kisses Couple in Robbery





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