Green hoopla dominates start of EPA hearings on carbon rule
Hundreds of supporters of the Obama administration's flagship climate change rule turned the grounds around the U.S. EPA headquarters into a green carnival this morning as the agency opened the first public hearings on the proposal in Washington, D.C.
Conflicts waived for Moniz's advisers
Several advisers to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have seen their financial conflicts of interest waived by the department so they can go about their government service.
Grid reliability is among many FERC concerns about EPA carbon proposal -- testimony
The proposed U.S. EPA rules to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants could require an overhaul of how grid operators line up electricity supply, causing significant confusion in power markets, according to federal energy regulators.
Rep. Bishop introduces bill to reauthorize recreation fees
A Utah congressman yesterday introduced a bill to reauthorize a 2004 law that dictates how fees are charged to access and use federal lands.
White House warns that delaying climate action will cost billions more
Failing to act quickly on climate change could dramatically increase the cost of stemming carbon emissions, the White House warns in a report today that tests a new political message about "climate insurance."
In advance of public hearings, friends and foes weigh in on EPA Clean Power Plan
The country's capital saw a flurry of activity yesterday as green groups, think tanks, industries and policymakers drew out battle lines in advance of the public hearings, starting today and running through the week, on U.S. EPA's proposed rule for power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Renewables have a new spark, if investors stay interested
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. In the past five years, the renewable energy sector has had to watch billions of dollars flow into midstream oil and gas, thanks to a decades-old tax break and the arrival of shale. But in the last year, some enterprising power companies have come up with a scheme of their own. The "yieldco," as it's informally known, offers a new home for renewable energy power plants, and to investors, it looks a lot like the midstream sector: pure catnip. Now, the question facing renewables advocates is this: How far can the yieldco go?
Weather satellites criticized again, this time for security risks
The data from weather satellites could be hacked because of "significant security deficiencies" in the information systems at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a new internal report.