Emmissions & Environmental

  • Quandel Construction Group Inc. has to get a lot of permits for remediating wetlands, said Glenn H. "Bub" Manning, a principal in the group's parent, Quandel Enterprises Inc.
  • Legislation co-sponsored Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively vetoing valid and previously approved mining permits.
  • U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today launched his second annual legislative initiative to rein in overreaching and economically harmful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air regulations in Arizona.
  • Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) today released the following statement in response to a Pelican Institute policy brief published in conjunction with a study by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, regarding the economic impacts on Louisiana of the Obama Administration's environmental regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2016, announced early in February, proposes a seven percent increase in funding for clean energy and a new $4 billion fund to encourage states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants.
  • The historic drought and extreme dry conditions recorded during the summer of 2012 may give federal regulators another year to meet ozone standards.
  • Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), announced that they have introduced the Tropical Forest Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TFCA).
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved an alternative plan laid out by the Arizona Generation & Transmission Cooperatives (AzGT) to reduce the sulfur dioxide and particulate matter emissions at Arizona Electric Power Cooperative's Apache Generating Station, east of Benson.
  • Representative Tim Murphy Murphy Challenges EPA Administrator Over Flaws in Climate Change Regulation. "All projects cited by the EPA...haven't been completed, haven't been started, one isn't even in this country, and none of them are large scale." - Rep. Tim Murphy
  • AARP Illinois and the BEST Coalition are urging state lawmakers to reject legislation written by Exelon Corporation lobbyists that would increase electric bills in order to bail out Exelon’s nuclear plants. Introduced Thursday, Exelon’s “Low Carbon Portfolio Standard” …
  • A

    bipartisan group of legislators, along with business, labor and

    community leaders, today announced their support for legislation

    creating a state Low Carbon Portfolio Standard that establishes

    Illinois as a national leader in efforts to reduce carbon emissions

    with minimal consumer impacts.

  • 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.