Emmissions & Environmental

  • Clark Brock, the county planning commission chairman, came to a realization Wednesday.
  • The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the St. Charles Transportation and Keys Energy Projects (Projects), proposed by Dominion Transmission, Inc. (Dominion)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed a proposed modification of the 2006 consent agreement with Alabama Power Company that would see the company subject to further limits for air pollutants.
  • The public is invited to review a draft Environmental Impact Statement that has been released for the Great Northern Transmission Line, a 220-mile-long, 500-kilovolt line Minnesota Power proposes to build and use to import electricity from Manitoba Hydro.
  • The state Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 on Wednesday to grant Public Service Company of New Mexico a final extension to file all ownership restructuring and coal agreements regarding the San Juan Generating Station.
  • El Paso Electric and five other electric companies must pay a $1.5 million fine, and about $160 million in pollution-control upgrades will be required on the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico as part of a proposed federal settlement announced Wednesday.
  • A proposed solar project near Blythe, Calif., threatens historic and cultural sites and hasn't been properly evaluated, the Colorado River Indian Tribes argue in a lawsuit filed against Riverside County.
  • Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) have sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell regarding the Colowyo Mine in Northwestern Colorado.
  • Effects of atmospheric thermal stratification on the asymptotic behavior of very large wind farms are studied using large-eddy simulations (LES) and a single-column model for vertical distributions of horizontally averaged field variables.
  • Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovation

    New York's REV Business Model: Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovat
    Jun 11, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    U.S. Justice Louis Brandeis' observation that States serve as the "laboratories for democracy" couldn't ring more true than in the energy sector. A handful of states are pioneering new approaches (in New York we call it Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV) to advance policies to capture and accelerate the vast economic and environmental benefits of the clean energy economy.

  • New ways to positively impact the environment

    May 17, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has no delusions that it can ever be a carbon-neutral enterprise but it is doing what it can to reduce its own, as well as its fans', carbon footprint.

  • Apr 23, 2015 | Brian Wolff

    Since Earth Day began more than 40 years ago, sustainability has become mainstream. What has not yet become common knowledge, though, is the role that the electric power industry plays in ensuring a cleaner energy future.

  • Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?
    Feb 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn't it? Well, yes and no.

  • Reworking Generation
  • The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests

    Breaking Wind: The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Jan 20, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach

    Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst the general population?

  • Our Innovative Journey Over 30 years

    Bruce Ramme
    Dec 28, 2014 | Bruce Ramme, Ph. D., P.E.

    Some say byproducts from coal-burning power plants are waste. Others say that "a waste is only waste if you waste it."  In our opinion, fly ash, bottom ash, wood ash and gypsum are valuable mineral resources that can provide advantages for use in construction and agricultural applications. Instead of landfilling these co-products of generation, We Energies sells them, boosting its bottom line and helping the environment. But it wasn't always this way, and we hope others can benefit from our story.

  • Rhode Island’s Roberti

    Nov 16, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    States are now putting together their strategies for complying with unprecedented federal mandates addressing greenhouse gases. Paul Roberti, a member of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, discussed the challenge with EnergyBiz at a recent gathering of regulators.

  • Missouri’s Kenney

    Nov 09, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    State regulators are closely watching the roll out of new federal carbon emissions rules as well changes in utilities’ business strategies. EnergyBiz recently discussed these issues with Robert S. Kenney, chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission, at a gathering of regulators.

  • Really an Energy Policy

    Oct 26, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The carbon emissions rules advanced by the Obama administration will have wide-ranging effects that will require close study, according to Sue Kelly, American Public Power Association president and CEO. We recently talked with her at the association’s annual meeting.

  • Need Better Grid Integration

    Oct 19, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Small utilities may be too skeptical about the cyberthreats they face, according to Gary Stauffer, executive director of NMPP Energy. We talked with Stauffer in a roundtable at a recent gathering of the American Public Power Association.