Emmissions & Environmental

  • Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act.
  • Duke Energy has finished cleanup work along the Dan River just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va. Duke Energy reported that completion of the work was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Today, NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San Francisco 49ers celebrated the completion of the NRG Solar Terrace as well as the photovoltaic (PV) solar systems for the three NRG Energy Bridges at Levi's(R) Stadium, making it the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team with LEED certification standards incorporated into the original design and architecture.

  • Proponents of a coal terminal that would be built at Cherry Point have revised the layout "to ensure greater environmental safeguards," including the destruction of fewer wetlands, according to an announcement they released on Tuesday, July 15.
  • Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE), has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act.
  • Duke Energy has completed cleanup work along the Dan River just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va. Completion of the work was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • 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.

  • Nov 21, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The nation’s biggest publicly owned utility is quickly evolving. But one such change is still in the mix -- the one to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority.

  • THE BUSINESS CASE FOR EFFICIENCY
  • Nov 06, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When four of the most prominent climate scientists emerged this week and said that nuclear energy was a must-have fuel to combat global warming, the message caught their biggest fans off-guard. Indeed, the green groups are saying that the four know a lot about science but not that much about nuclear power.

  • Support Coincides with National Showing of Pandora's Promise

    Nov 05, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    More than likely, those high-profile scientists and environmentalists supporting nuclear energy will not persuade their colleagues to change camps -- especially after the Fukushima accident. But they may soften the opposition just enough to allow a few more plants to get built in this country. That’s a start, the scholars say. But will it be enough to avert what they say will be the worst effects of climate change? 

  • Oct 26, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Some big headlines are now highlighting the fact that carbon dioxide emissions are falling in the United States. Some even bigger ones are going to be written as to whether we should rely on shale gas to do this job, or whether this is creating an even greater issue down the road.

  • Oct 24, 2013 | Alan Caruba

    The nation's energy infrastructure is under attack. The destruction of the utilities that provide electricity or its ability to refine oil is critical to crippling a nation's ability to function, based on the universal use of hydrocarbons such as coal, natural gas, and oil.

  • Oct 17, 2013 | Lauren Hodges Pitcher

    Energy use in existing commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. But it doesn’t have to. On average, 30 percent of the energy that these buildings use is wasted through inefficiencies. Outdated lighting, oversized equipment, and poor operations are just a few culprits.

  • Sep 16, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Ron Binz’ record speaks for itself. He should be proud of his contributions to both the Colorado energy landscape and to the national energy debate. The fact that he is endorsed by a bipartisan group of former FERC Commissioners speaks volumes -- that he has the judicial integrity and intellectual insight to guide this agency into the next iteration of its history.

  • University of Texas Study Gives Positive Review

    Sep 23, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When it comes to fueling power plants, natural gas has become the path of “least resistance.” But one impediment to becoming the “fuel of choice” has been concerns over excessive methane releases, which is the most potent greenhouse gas of them all. A new study, though, is easing some of those worries.

  • Sep 20, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Having received millions of public comments since it had issued carbon proposals last year, the Environmental Protection Agency went back to the drawing board. On Friday, it delivered its revisions, which are now out for a subsequent review.

  • Sep 13, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    It’s the quiet before the storm. Or, stated differently, tense negotiations are now occurring just before the Obama administration unleashes it “shock and awe” campaign on the coal sector -- an industry that has fought to retain its throne and that had tried desperately to defeat the president. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency is revising its proposed rules for the construction of new coal facilities, which should be released this coming week.

  • Sep 10, 2013 | Scott Shugarts

    What do downtown Los Angeles and a 9,000 foot summit in the Oregon Cascades have in common?  Air pollution.  While observers can point to the vast population and its accompanying pollution in southern California, one must look a bit further away to explain the causes of pollution on remote and pristine mountaintops.