Category: Energy

Not Just the Birds—More Hazards Windtechs Face

We hear a lot of heartbreaking stories about birds being killed by wind turbines. But it’s not just the birds. Wind turbine technician (windtech) is the fastest-growing job in the United States. However, it is certainly not without its hazards. Yesterday we discussed fall and fire hazards windtechs face. Today we will consider other hazards […]


In the Wind—Fire and Falls for Windtechs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the fastest-growing profession in the United States is wind turbine technician. We’ll take a look at wind turbine service technicians and the hazards inherent in such “green” jobs.


EPA’s Renewable Fuels Proposal Sees Minor Changes

The EPA has taken the middle ground in its proposed rule setting the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) or the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2018 under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) (Section 211 of the Clean Air Act).


Strong City Responses to Climate Change—Study Shows

Based on responses to a survey from 66 cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) reports that cities are making progress in responding to climate change, identifying innovative approaches to energy efficiency, and sharing information and results with mayors nationwide. The USCM conducted the survey jointly with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). […]

ocean rig

DOI Proposed Budget Includes Many Cuts But Not for O&G

While receiving less attention in the news than the administration’s proposed 31 percent cut to EPA’s 2018 budget, the proposed cut of $1.8 billion (13 percent) for the Department of Interior (DOI) significantly restructures DOI’s top priorities. In testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made it clear that the […]


E15 Would Be Promoted by Bipartisan Bill

Congress is discussing a bill that would allow the year-round retail sale of E15 (an 85 percent gasoline/15 percent ethanol blend).  Introduced in the Senate by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) would “expand consumer choice and eliminate confusion at the pump,” says Fischer, “by ensuring a consistently […]


Judge Rules Corps Must Revise the Dakota Pipeline EIS

Operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) hit a potential roadblock when a federal district judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) had approved the project without adequately considering the rights of the Sioux tribe living on the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the North Dakota/South Dakota border near Lake Oahe. The pipeline […]

Male and Female Sage Grouse

Reappraisal of Sage Grouse Plans Ordered by DOI

In his continuing effort to bring Department of the Interior (DOI) policies into step with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on U.S. energy independence, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued another secretarial order of his own, this one to initiate reviews of federal and state plans affecting conservation of the greater sage-grouse.

power plant

Coal Power Value Downplayed by Conservative Policy Group

Concerns about retirements of coal-fired and nuclear power plants—the traditional sources of baseload capacity—may be unnecessary. Moreover, the growth of renewable or variable energy resources (VERs), name­ly wind and solar, is reducing the need for conventional coal and nuclear operations to fill baseload needs and instead function more in load-following or peaking capacities. These are […]


Claims from Riverkeeper Fail to Halt Expansion of Pipeline

A legal challenge to a project to extend an underground gas pipeline 30 miles in Pennsylvania and New Jersey involved the intersection of three federal statutes as well as state authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA).