Study: Keeping global warming under 2 degrees C very unlikely
The historic Paris Agreement on climate change reached in December 2015 set an ambitious goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century. That goal is not yet out of reach, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington, but it is increasingly unlikely.
EPA planning 'inside the fence' replacement for Clean Power Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears set to replace the broad-scoped Clean Power Plan with a narrower rule requiring generators to make plant-specific thermal efficiency improvements to coal-fired facilities, according to a former transition team member for President Donald Trump and two industry sources familiar with the agency's plans.
House protects DOE renewable spending cuts, speedier water rule repeal
The U.S. House of Representatives voted down several amendments to restore funding for the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency and renewable energy office and defended a speedier repeal of the Clean Water Rule as part of the debate on a fiscal 2018 spending bill.
EPA said to be staffing up climate science review
The EPA has been tight-lipped about any specifics on a possible agency plan to host a debate or review of climate science, which critics have dubbed an attack on the settled scientific consensus that the world is warming due to human activity. But one former Trump transition team member has heard that the agency is considering hiring the very person who suggested such a debate in the first place.
EPA officially proposes to withdraw Clean Water Rule
The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have officially proposed a rule to withdraw the Clean Water Rule and restore a previous definition of the waters subject to federal oversight.
Sierra Club to sue Georgia Power, alleging ash pond violations
The Sierra Club served a notice of intent to sue Georgia Power Co. for the utility's alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. The group is seeking to block the Southern Co. subsidiary's plans to drain its ash ponds at 11 coal plants.
Minn. agency considers how to value cost of carbon emissions
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to make a decision soon on how to value environmental costs when selecting power supply resources. The commission is scheduled to make a decision July 27 regarding how to value the costs of common fossil fuel power plant emissions like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
'A more intelligent use for coal': CEO excited Feds backing carbon fiber tech
A project aimed at using coal to build cars instead of feeding power plant boilers is getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy. The federal government recently announced $19.4 million for 22 new cost-shared projects aimed at accelerating various vehicle technologies. Just over $3.7 million of that funding is going toward a project to lower the cost of producing carbon fibers from feedstocks, including coal.
Industry asks PHMSA to rethink pipeline rules in wide-ranging set of comments
Asked for input on "unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects," energy pipeline industry representatives took aim at a host of federal policies from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration from underground storage to pipeline classifications.
Coal generation narrows market share gap to gas in May
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest "Electric Power Monthly" released July 25, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased 1.3% year over year in May at 321.6 million MWh.
Sierra Club rallies for effluent rule; utilities call review 'vitally important'
The Sierra Club rallied in Washington, D.C., on July 31 to press the EPA to back off a planned delay and review of the 2015 effluent limitation guidelines for steam electric power plants as the agency held an open house for comment on the proposal.
Stay of BLM methane rule is 'sleight of hand,' green groups say in suit
Environmental advocates on July 27 backed up their case that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to suspend its methane waste regulation was illegal.
US should continue to invest in carbon capture demos, report says
A nonpartisan study on energy demonstration projects recommends that the U.S. should continue to invest in a wide variety of innovative technologies, including carbon capture and storage.