Category: Energy

E15 Waiver Issued for Summer Drive Time

The EPA announced it has issued an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline, or gasoline blended with 15% ethanol, to be sold during the summer driving season. “This action will provide communities with relief at the pump from ongoing market supply issues created by the ongoing war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle […]

Final Rule Issued to Cut Methane Emissions, Strengthen GHG Reporting for Oil and Gas Industry

On May 6, 2024, the EPA announced it issued its final Subpart W rule to strengthen, expand, and update methane emissions reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas systems under its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), as required by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). “The final revisions will ensure greater transparency and accountability […]

EPA Releases Annual GHG Inventory Report

The EPA recently released its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), which presents a national-level overview of annual GHG emissions from 1990 to 2022 and includes a preliminary outlook on anticipated 2023 emissions. The inventory covers seven GHGs: “Net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 5,489 million metric tons of carbon […]

EPA Approves Largest Offshore Wind Farm Off Virginia Coast

On April 12, 2024, the EPA announced it issued the final Clean Air Act (CAA) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) air quality permit for Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial (CVOW-C) project, located off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. “Offshore wind energy is a cornerstone of the Permitting Council portfolio, representing nearly half of […]

Clean Energy Investments See Boost Due to Global Net-Zero Goals

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), worldwide annual clean energy investments need to reach $4 trillion by 2030—more than triple the current amount of investments—to reach 2050 net-zero goals. “Governments across the globe are rising to the challenge, launching a host of measures to boost investment in clean energy technologies such as electric vehicles, […]

EPA Issues Stricter Methane Regulations for the Oil and Gas Industry

On December 2, 2023, the EPA announced a final rule that’s expected to sharply reduce emissions of methane and other harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas operations. First announced at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), the rule includes standards to reduce methane and […]

Another Chapter in the Mountain Valley Pipeline Court Battle

On July 27, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) cleared yet another legal hurdle for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile pipeline with capacity to carry 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The reprieve, while only temporary, may give the project enough time to […]

DTE Moves Up Transition to Clean Energy

DTE Energy, one of Michigan’s largest energy providers, recently announced plans to retire all its coal power plants by 2032 and invest $11 billion into its transition to clean energy. On July 25, 2023, the company announced approval of its CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). “This approval comes […]

EPA Issues Guidance for Lithium-Ion Battery Waste

On May 24, 2023, the EPA issued guidance for correctly applying hazardous waste and recycling regulations in the disposal of lithium-ion batteries. These types of batteries are used in cars, electronics, lawnmowers, e-scooters, electric bicycles, and many other devices, and usage of these types of batteries continues to increase. “The growth of the circular economy […]

Morgan Stanley Report Predicts Renewable Energy Will Replace Coal By 2033

A February 2023 Morgan Stanley report says renewable energy will replace coal-fired power plants by 2033, reports Power magazine. “The report published Feb. 1 said renewable energy such as solar and wind power will provide nearly 40% of U.S. electricity in 2030, and as much as 55% in 2035,” the Power article says. “The U.S. […]