Emmissions & Environmental

  • Gov. Jerry Brown sought to reaffirm California's status as a global leader in the fight against climate change Tuesday by signing an agreement with representatives in six foreign nations, including Germany and Brazil, and three U.S. states aiming to keep the world's average temperature from rising another 2 degrees Celsius.
  • The twin stacks of Georgia Power Co.'s Plant Hammond can be seen for miles along old Alabama Highway, reminders of just what this longtime coal-fired power plant brings to the community.
  • For Gov. Jerry Brown, fighting climate change is more than a central tenet of his political agenda. It's also a key source of funding.
  • After spending seven years tied up in federal court, FirstEnergy Corp. and a group of local residents have settled separate lawsuits alleging that toxic "rain" from the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport caused life-threatening illnesses and made existing ones worse.
  • The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it had issued a final report for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) based on research exploring multi-state compliance options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed 111(d) rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan.
  • Over 60 organizations from across Illinois and around the country signed an open letter to voice their support for the Illinois Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) (HB 3293/SB 1585), currently being considered by the Illinois General Assembly.
  •  The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources announced the two entities will enhance their collaboration through GDF SUEZ's membership in SyracuseCoE's "Partner Program."
  • 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.

  • 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.