FERC shuts door on threats to approvals of several major gas pipeline projects
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a flurry of orders late Aug. 10 that upheld approvals for major interstate natural gas pipeline projects. The decisions, coming in the last hours of Republican Commissioner Robert Powelson's term, emphasized the split between Republicans and Democrats with regard to evaluating public need and climate impacts.
OGE Energy focusing on moving past environmental compliance projects
OGE Energy Corp. expects to file rate cases in two states by year-end related to environmental compliance and grid modernization projects.
Calif. air board seeks to retain right to use stricter vehicle fuel mandates
The California Air Resources Board is proposing to change its regulations to ensure the state can continue to pursue more aggressive vehicle fuel efficiency standards if the Trump administration follows through with its proposal to freeze federal standards at current levels.
Environmental, local advocates pan SoCalGas' $119.5M Aliso Canyon settlement
Environmental and residents' groups criticized Sempra Energy utility Southern California Gas Co.'s $119.5 million settlement with state and local government bodies in California, saying the deal inadequately protects residents after the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility's multi-month leak.
Warm winters increase risk of rain-on-snow flash floods, researchers say
A new scientific paper is warning that the threat of damaging flash floods in portions of western North American river basins is on the rise and could create new flood management challenges on rivers and reservoirs upstream of hydropower projects.
Gas glut: Report cites 28 unnecessary power plants in California
Generators could remove nearly a quarter of the natural gas-fired generating capacity on the California ISO's grid in 2018 without affecting the reliability of the state's primary transmission system, according to new research from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Valener utility leans on Tesla battery banks to get through Vt. heatwave
Valener Inc.'s Green Mountain Power Corp. used stored power in customers' homes and its own battery banks to get through the worst of Vermont's recent heatwave.
As federal climate action stalls, Md. governor charts own course
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency May 27 after a downpour and subsequent flooding wiped out businesses in Ellicott City, a tourist town in the Baltimore area. Coming just two years after a prior storm devastated the area, the latest extreme weather caused about $21.7 million in damages to Howard County and highlighted the efforts by Hogan, a moderate Republican, to respond to climate change impacts — even if it means breaking from climate skeptics in his own party.
Fossil fuels target energy poverty, climate in new PR push
A new campaign from a group of fossil fuel industry representatives will aim to sell coal, gas and oil as a technology-friendly solution to global energy poverty that is already entrenched in the day-to-day lives of much of the developed world.
Major gas pipeline operators pledge to cut methane emissions, report leaks
More than 20 gas transmission pipeline operators pledged to reduce methane emissions from pipeline and storage infrastructure and to do more to share information on methane releases and reduction efforts.