March 30, 2011

Natural Gas Climbs as Obama Announces Energy Plan

Natural gas prices climbed Wednesday as President Barack Obama said he wanted the U.S. to use more of it instead of foreign oil.

Four Reactors at Fukushima Complex Will Have to Be Scrapped, Utility Chairman Says

The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped.

Senate Vote Could Curb EPA's Climate-Change Powers

Environmentalists are trying to defeat a Senate measure that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

Senate Democrats Willing to Consider some GOP-backed Restrictions on EPA

Democrats indicated Tuesday they may be willing to accept Republican-backed curbs on the EPA and other federal regulators as part of an overall deal on spending cuts.

Renewable Energy CEOs Plead with Congress About Loans

U.S. renewable energy companies called on lawmakers on Tuesday to preserve a loan guarantee program for innovative green technologies they say will create tens of thousands of jobs.

China May Double Solar Goal After Japan Nuclear Leak: Report

China may double its target for photovoltaic power capacity over the next five years in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, the official China Securities Journal reported on Wednesday.

Seawater Radiation Rises in Japan

Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the crisis over Japan's nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and the president of the plant operator checking into a hospital.

U.S. Mulls Backup-Battery Rule after Japan Nuclear crisis

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider requiring that U.S. nuclear power plants have backup batteries that last longer in the event of a power outage at a reactor.

EPA Lab in Ala. Uses Careful Analysis to Be 1st Line of Defense Against Radiation

Workers at a government laboratory in Alabama will be the first to know if dangerous radioactive materials reach the U.S. from Japan — and so far, their testing shows the levels are safe.

BP Managers Could Face Manslaughter Charges Over Gulf Oil Spill

The U.S. authorities are considering charging BP managers with manslaughter after decisions they made before the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion last year.

GE Opens Wallet for Wind, Solar, Industrial Efficiency

GE Energy has agreed to spend $3.2 billion for Converteam, giving GE efficient industrial motors and power controls for "mega trend" toward electrification.

China's Top Wind Power Region to Have 13 GW Capacity: Executive

Installed wind power capacity in Inner Mongolia, China's leading builder of wind farms by region, will top 13 GW by the end of this year, an executive with local power grid firm said on Wednesday.

Spain Regulator Halts Subsidies for 350 Solar Plants

Spanish energy sector regulator CNE suspended subsidies for 350 solar plants with irregularities in their registration as electricity generators.

As Algae Bloom Fades, Photosynthesis Hopes Still Shine

With investors wary, the algae bloom seems to be dissipating. But before the green tide completely turns red, several groups of scientists and a few controversial startups are calling for a shift in focus to "photosynthetic bacteria."

Safety Hearing Held for Arizona's Nuke Plant

Operators of the nation's largest nuclear power plant told Arizona utility regulators Tuesday the triple-reactor plant near Phoenix is safe and chances are remote that it could undergo a nuclear catastrophe.

UK Households to Save £23 a Year by 2020

Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology.

Greenpeace Lays Out 5-Step Plan for Facebook to Ditch Coal Power

The environmental group has released its latest video in a campaign to get Facebook to embrace clean energy, targeting the company's data centers in Oregon and North Carolina as pollution sources while suggesting how the social network can change course.

Better Diets to Stop Cows' Methane Emissions

Changing what cows and sheep eat could help to trim the 41 per cent of methane emissions that result from farming, a UK Defra-funded study will say today.

March 29, 2011

Koch-Linked Group Serves Notice on Senate EPA Vote

A conservative group that spent heavily in the 2010 elections is pushing Senate lawmakers to vote this week in favor of stripping the EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gases.

Renewable Energy a Pillar in Japan Reconstruction Vision: Edano

Renewable energy will play an important role in Japan's reconstruction, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Tuesday as the country struggled to bring a damaged nuclear plant under control.

Low-Level Radiation in Three Southern States' Air

Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from Japan's Fukushima plant have been detected in the atmosphere in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, officials said on Monday.

Power Group: China Lowering Nuclear Target

China is likely to scale back its ambitious plans to construct nuclear plants under a new policy that stresses safety instead of rapid development, an industry official said.

New York Says Indian Point Nuclear Plant a Fire Risk

The Indian Point nuclear plant has sought more than 100 exemptions from the fire code that could make it difficult to shut down the 40-year facility in an emergency, New York's AG said.

Poll: Clean Water Tops Global Warming

Seventy-nine percent of those surveyed say they worry about clean water; 51 percent feel the same about global warming.

Enviro Lawyers Tied in Knots Over Court's Ruling on Calif. Climate Law

A California court ruling suspending the implementation of the state's landmark climate change law came with a large dose of irony.

Board Requires Changes in Mingo Liquid Coal Permit

The West Virginia Air Quality Board has rejected key portions of an air pollution permit for the TransGas Development coal-to-liquids plant proposed for Mingo County.

Billion-Plus People to Lack Water in 2050: Study

More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday.

Rooftops to Revive Spain's Flagging Solar Industry

Solar panels on the roofs of Spain are likely to pay for themselves within five years without needing subsidies and revive an industry in the doldrums after it became the world's second-largest producer.

Solarbuzz Sees Challenging PV Module Market in 2011

Coming off a strong year in the global solar PV world, Solarbuzz's Quarterly report has countered that 2011 may be a rockier road due to effects of European incentives.

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