US Senate defeats effort to repeal new EPA power plant carbon rule
The GOP-majority U.S. Senate defeated a resolution to overturn the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which replaced the more stringent Obama-era Clean Power Plan for reducing power sector carbon dioxide emissions.
'We are collateral damage': Gas industry grapples with political winds
Political resistance to fossil fuels has buffeted a U.S. LNG export industry that is mostly optimistic about increasing its shipments of record-high domestic gas output to world markets.
Neb. public power utility looks to increase solar capacity by up to 600 MW
Senior management with the Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska recommended that the utility build between 400 MW and 600 MW of utility-grade solar — a capacity addition that would exponentially increase the state's solar capacity — with natural gas for backup generation.
Dominion must significantly cut emissions to meet Va. energy goal
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order in September calling for 30% of the state's electricity to be generated from renewable resources by 2030 and 100% of Virginia's electricity produced by carbon-free resources, including nuclear generation, by 2050.
Close Canadian election may dictate course of pipeline, climate policy
The future of Canada's energy industry could hinge on a too-close-to-call federal election in which the nation's leading political parties are in a statistical dead heat, raising the possibility that any one of three less-popular parties could hold the balance of power in Parliament.
Virginia makes big renewable power buy from Dominion
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Oct. 18 that the commonwealth signed a contract with Dominion Energy Inc. to ensure that nearly a third of the electricity the government uses comes from renewable sources by 2022.
Miss. PSC grants Sierra Club's request for hearing on coal plant upgrades
The Mississippi Public Service Commission will hold a special hearing Oct. 24 regarding Mississippi Power Co.'s request to recover costs for upgrades at the Victor J. Daniel Jr. coal plant, after the Sierra Club filed a motion with utility regulators questioning the utility's strategy.
Clean Water Act ruling makes state reviews shorter but not safer for pipelines
Guidance from a federal court on Clean Water Act requirements could force state agencies to be more punctual in their reviews of natural gas pipeline projects, but states that do not want more fossil fuel infrastructure in their territory will still have ways to thwart these projects.
JPMorgan official says ESG risks are becoming a cloud over US energy sector
While climate change and broader environmental, social and governance risks are getting priced into stocks and energy-related investment decisions in Europe, the U.S. energy sector is just beginning to understand how ESG issues can affect capital allocation, an official with JPMorgan Chase & Co. told a room of energy lawyers Oct. 16.
AI's large carbon footprint poses risks for big tech
The artificial intelligence industry has skyrocketed in recent years, powering technologies behind smart speakers and self-driving cars, but that growth is coming at a cost.
Md. draft emissions plan seeks 100% clean electricity by 2040
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration released a draft emissions reduction plan that calls for the state to find a "technology-neutral" way to run entirely on clean electricity by 2040.
Axis Capital cutting coverage for new thermal coal plants, oil sands extraction
AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. is joining a number of its peers in reducing its exposure to fossil fuels by implementing a new thermal coal and oil sands underwriting and investment policy.