Posts Tagged ‘Energy’
For the first time electricity generated from wind and solar farms has become competitive against fossil fuels. Public utility companies are now buying solar and wind outputs at price points near and below conventional power sources, like natural gas, coal, and nuclear. Public utility executives say the trend has accelerated. . .
What exactly is President Obama’s message on the environment this week? First he lifts the moratorium for the drilling of oil along America’s East coast, and then he tells the West coast that the wildfires that are burning up the western states is due to global warming. The President is. . .
The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. This past Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of. . .
After the US EPA announced their plan to cut US power plant emissions 30% by 2030, the European Union (EU) reacts, praising the Emission Performance Standard (EPS) for its vision while serving as a “positive signal” to other countries. ”This proposed rule is the strongest action ever taken by the. . .
A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, mercury and carbon dioxide since 2000, with CO2 emissions decreasing 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. The findings show that the industry is already shifting. . .
A Department of Energy study suggests America’s rivers are a vast untapped hydropower resource, and developing many of them could help combat climate change by using renewable energy, to reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants that emit climate-changing greenhouse gases. In all, undeveloped rivers and streams in the U.S. have. . .
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater. Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .
This past Saturday buildings in New York City’s shiniest intersection turned off lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour, an annual event aimed at promoting energy conservation. DNAinfo reports One Times Square, the building where advertisers shell out nearly $23 million a year to shine their. . .
Get Ready, Daylight saving time is upon us again, and we’ll lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 9. The biannual time jump will begin at 2 a.m. local time in participating places and last until Nov. 2, when clocks will fall back an hour. Most with smartphones. who have. . .
The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year. The oil and gas industry warns the Environmental Protection Agency rules are unnecessary and will drive up gas prices.. . .
A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route.. . .
Oh the pandering that goes on in Washington. Will he or won’t he approve the Keystone XL pipeline? According to the press coming out of the White House, President Barack Obama still wants to hear from other federal agencies before deciding whether to accept the State Department’s finding that the. . .
California installed more megawatts of solar energy in 2013 than it did in the last 30 years combined, the California Solar Energy Industries Association reported. ”It took California over 30 years to build 1,000 MW of rooftop solar, hitting that landmark in early 2013. Today, California is closing out the. . .
A New Jersey agency tasked with protecting the ecologically fragile Pinelands region narrowly defeated a proposal Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it. The decision delighted environmentalists, who had turned out by the hundreds to oppose the plan over the past six months. But it disheartened business. . .