Emmissions & Environmental

  • The Environmental Protection Agency's top official tried Thursday to reassure wary power grid operators and electricity producers that a federal plan for reducing climate-altering pollution would not turn out the lights.
  • The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to release its plan to protect the greater sage grouse in Idaho in late May or early June, a BLM wildlife biologist said Wednesday morning.
  • The Malloy administration picked Wednesday, Earth Day, to reboot a coordinated campaign against climate change that had been dormant since the state completed a report on the subject four years ago.
  • 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.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following proposed rule in the Federal Register: Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Illinois Power Holdings and AmerenEnergy Medina Valley Cogen Variance A Proposed Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency on 04/20/2015 Publication Date: Monday, April …
  • On the eve of a crucial meeting in Washington on climate change, India asked the developed world to show better understanding and respect for mitigation efforts by developing nations.
  • Targeted News Service WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following rule in the Federal Register: Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting A Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency on 04/20/2015 Publication Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Entry Type: Rule Document Citation: 80 FR 21650 Page: 21650 (1 page) CFR: 40 ...
  • 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.

  • The Power of Technology – and Need to Steer Policy

    Oct 12, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Utilities need to engage to make sure that carbon policy and other forces barreling down on their businesses are well thought out, according to Robert Rowe, NorthWestern Energy president and CEO. He recently talked with EnergyBiz at an industry gathering.

  • Chasing the Sun

    Lessons for U.S. Utilities from the German Energiewende
    Sep 18, 2014 | Jack Azagury

    Energiewende has become one of the most talked about topics in the utilities industry and perhaps one of the most notorious. It has also become the example of how not to do energy policy. And while this may be true in many respects, the strategy has been successful in certain areas, least of which is providing learnings for other countries.

  • APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity

    Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead. 

  • Research is Critical

    Jul 06, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    We recently discussed the status of coal generation research with Tomasz S. Wiltowski, the director of the Coal Research Center at Southern Illinois University. His edited comments follow.

  • Energy Reform Revisited

    Max Bradford
    Jun 22, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Fifteen years ago, the government of New Zealand forced energy companies to elect whether they wanted to sell energy or own power lines, and it split up the former government-run generation business. Max Bradford, energy minister of the England-sized nation, was a principal architect of the plan. I interviewed him in Wellington while he was orchestrating what he then described as “wrenching changes.” Recently, I called him in New Zealand to discuss how it has worked out.