Emmissions & Environmental

  • U.S. Sen. Rob Portman offered an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution on Tuesday.
  • Legislation before the Alabama House of Representatives would create a formal state office of climatology, but the sponsor and the state climatologist part ways on whether the office could serve in an advocacy role.
  • Five experts who testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee field hearing in Beckley on Monday agreed West Virginia could be hit harder than many other states by the EPA's regulatory decisions on coal-fired power plants.
  • A battle that pits union jobs against the lives of thousands of birds is playing out in the scenic hills of the Altamont Pass, where a wind power company operates hundreds of turbines that environmentalists say are outdated and kill protected species.
  • At least 10 European power plants were supposed to begin piping their carbon emissions into underground tombs this year, rather than letting them twirl into the sky.
  • The bill that allows lawmakers to oversee how the Department of Environmental Protection will implement future requirements of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan raised questions after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the bill into law earlier this month.
  • Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) announced today that its Sand Valley Landfill Gas-to-Energy (LFGTE) project in Collinsville, Ala. has been named Electricity Project of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $753,476 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to the South Coast Air Quality Management District to replace 21 school buses and trucks with natural gas and …
  • It is time to go beyond the debate over human causation of global climate change and move toward a call to action.
  • An environmental group today filed a lawsuit against Dominion Virginia Power, arguing the company is contaminating ground water around a former Chesapeake power plant.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following rule in the Federal Register: Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Minor NSR for Title V and FESOP Sources.
  • American Electric Power earlier this week issued notices to employees at three West Virginia power plants, including the Kanawha River Plant in Glasgow, informing them the plants would be closed within two months.
  • Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted in favor of the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1029) and the Secret Science Reform Act (H.R. 1030), legislation that would help reign in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s continual overreach.
  • The House of Representatives today passed the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 1030), introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base its regulations on …
  • 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.