Category: Energy

Cape Wind Project Still Alive

The Cape Wind Energy Project (CWEP), once at the vanguard of offshore wind power in the United States, but since 2015 virtually dead in the water, recently received a small vote of confidence from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). In response to a July 2016 court order that required […]

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Further Biomass-based Diesel Reductions Under Consideration

Stating that it is concerned about the high cost of advanced biofuels, the EPA is requesting public comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel (BBD), advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes and/or the 2019 BBD volume under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. These possible reductions would be on top of reductions […]

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Coal Company Seeks Changes in Permitting

At the request of industry stakeholders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has provided the public with an additional month to offer comments on Corps regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The comment period now closes October 18, 2017 (September 15, 2017, FR). One commenter that did not need the […]

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O&G Prices Impacted by Harvey

Hurricane Harvey demonstrated yet again the high vulnerability of the nation’s fuel production, refining, and transportation systems to catastrophic storms. Harvey struck the Gulf coast of Texas and the nation’s petrochemical epicenter with epic rainfall that forced about half of the area’s 26 refineries to shut down or run at reduced capacity. Included in the […]

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DOE Will Not Grant Emergency Exemption for Coal Power Plants

An unexpected crack has appeared in the Trump administration’s friendly relationship with the coal mining industry. Specifically, the Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated that it will not grant a fervent request from Murray Energy Corporation to invoke a federal law that provides an emergency exemption from environmental laws for coal-fired power plants. A DOE […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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).

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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). […]

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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 […]

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