The EPA’s implementation of the small refinery exemption is one of the more disputed aspects of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The major question associated with the exemption appears to be how does the Agency make decisions to approve or deny applications for exemptions?
The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to withdraw a rule issued in the final days of the Obama administration that expanded the definition of general service lamps (GSLs) and general service incandescent lamps (GSILs).
Over the last several months, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has taken two actions intended to ensure that coal-fired power plants continue to comprise a substantial portion of the nation’s energy portfolio. In December 2018, the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking “conceptual designs for coal-based power […]
Although it might seem obvious what renewable energy is, there is some debate about how renewable energy is defined, which has a definite effect on policy and regulation. What seems clear from various readings is that renewable energy does not include resources from fossil fuels or waste products from fossil fuel sources. According to the […]
Green Power Purchasing—The Benefits Making the commitment to clean power brings with it important dividends—the right to make claims about renewable energy use and to seek the positive recognition that goes along with it. To do this right, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have developed recommendations companies can follow. […]
Green Power Purchasing—The Options In the “Guide to Purchasing Green Power,” green power is defined broadly by the EPA and DOE as “environmentally preferable energy and energy technologies, both electric and thermal.” Specifically, green power includes “electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low impact hydroelectric sources.” For most of us who are […]
Lightbulbs: Facts Versus Fiction The phase out of incandescent bulbs set in motion by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 was intended, in part, to eventually eliminate inefficient incandescent lightbulbs, known as “general service lamps,” and increase use of more efficient lighting technologies. Along the way, however, confusion has grown about new […]
E3 Green Suppliers Network—How It Works The GSN was first established in 2003 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP). In 2010, the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy […]
Hydraulic Fracturing Waste Streams—An Overview Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas uses millions of gallons of water for each well and during the life of the well, a large percentage of that water returns to the surface and becomes a waste stream. In the vernacular of hydraulic fracturing, there are two types of water resulting from […]