Coal industry, enviros wage PR war over Clean Power Plan
Squeezed by President Obama's rules to combat global warming, the coal industry has countered with a public relations offensive: a messaging barrage, demonstrations, Web videos and cupcakes.
EPA, industry assail development plan for vast swath of Calif. desert
The Bureau of Land Management has received at least 12,000 public comments on a sweeping renewable energy development plan for millions of acres of Southern California desert, including notable critiques from the renewable industry and U.S. EPA.
Exelon, critics gird for battle as pro-nuclear bill is filed in Ill.
The stage is set for an energy policy showdown in Illinois after lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill aimed at aiding three Exelon Corp. nuclear plants that have struggled in recent years in the face of increasing competition from wind energy and natural-gas-fired generation.
The grid's electricity storage market booms as regulators race to develop safety standards
Smoke, sirens and flashing lights interrupted the night on Aug. 1, 2012, as a fire took hold at the remote Kahuku wind farm along the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. The blaze sparked at 3:30 a.m. in a metal warehouse with 12,000 lead acid batteries mounted in racks towering more than 6 feet high.
Christie touts plans for comprehensive energy policy, but enviros see 'inconsistency'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) recently vowed that he will focus on creating a comprehensive national energy policy if he wins election to the White House in 2016, and while he offered few details about his plans, Garden State environmentalists suggest he is unlikely to stray far from the party line.
FracFocus promises improvements in access, accuracy
The groups that run the national fracking chemical registry FracFocus announced plans yesterday to make the site easier to use and less prone to errors.
Europe struggles to meet CO2 targets, deal with Russian pressure and unify its electricity grid
The European Union wants to revamp its energy policy to boost spending on renewables and assorted efficiency measures. Commentators say the long list of policy changes announced by the European Commission on Wednesday is a reaction to the Russian menace in the East, as well as pending E.U. climate commitments due later this year in Paris.
Murkowski slams agency over Tongass harvests
Timber mills in southeast Alaska are "hanging on by their fingernails" and may disappear forever if the Forest Service does not increase harvests on the Tongass National Forest, a key senator warned yesterday.
DOE, Pentagon considering new uses for Nev. site -- lawmakers
House Republicans say two federal agencies are planning to use the remote Yucca Mountain site in southern Nevada for activities other than its congressionally authorized use as a repository for spent fuel from nuclear reactors.
Northeast fisheries chief's credo: 'Take the heat. ... Move on'
John Bullard is the face of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Northeast -- and of its hot-button oversight of cod. The former mayor of New Bedford, Mass., says he doesn't sweat being unpopular if that will help save the region's historic cod fishery for the long haul. "This is what I signed up for," he said. "Difficult decisions have to be made. I don't want them to be faceless, anonymous or impersonal. I want everyone to know there is a real human being with a history they are very familiar with who is responsible."