Environmental Protection

Energy and Climate Change


Second Term Agenda: Addressing Climate Change, Creating Green Jobs

President Obama's message was clear in his second inaugural address, and he reiterated it when Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu announced he will step down soon.

Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases Again

The USGS has announced that nonfuel mineral production values in the U.S. have increased for the third consecutive year, noting a $1.7 billion raise since 2011.

Leaders Needed for National Executive Energy Academy

The NREL is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy (Energy Execs), which is a leadership program for non-technical decision-makers in the U.S. to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. Application deadline is Mar. 8, 2013.

Register to Attend the Green Energy Symposium

The 2013 World Green Energy Symposium will take place in New York City on March 26 with Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) 68th & Lexington Avenue serving as the venue.

Sunshine Solar Rebate Program Reactivated

The Pennsylvania DEP has received $7.25 million in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to complete the agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, which had been in a waiting-list phase since August 2011 because the demand exceeded available funds.

Easier Public Access to State Energy Data

By updating their online services, EIA has expanding their API on order to make public access easier to accomplish for state energy data.

Japanese Wind Sector Growing Fast

Partly because fears about nuclear power persist and thanks to government support, the sector will grow strongly this year, Frost & Sullivan predicts.

How to Make the Nordic Region Carbon-Neutral

The IEA has started a new regional technology study that helps determine the best way to make the Nordic region carbon-neutral by 2050. According to the research, around 3,000 offshore wind turbines will need to be in use in the region in order for success.



The 2008 spill of 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash, a byproduct of the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil coal-fired electricity generating plant, destroyed homes and filled streams and valleys.

Proving Damages for 2008 Coal Ash Spill a Steep Obstacle

After Tennessee Valley Authority was found liable for a massive coal ash spill, landowners this year will have to hire their own attorneys to press their individual claims. The larger question is whether facilities like the Kingston plant, with their inherent dangers to climate, waterways, and communities, are part of our continuing energy future.

A New Partnership to Battle Environmental Concerns

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), a non-profit humanitarian organization, and MWH Global, a strategic consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector, launched a new partnership to improve the lives of people around the world.

Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells Available in Near Future

The NREL and Stanford are teaming up to develop peel-and-stick solar cells, which could become devices to charge battery operated products, such as cell phones, in the future.

A New Tool to Calculate Renewable Energy

Cranfield University has developed a new approach for calculating the potential renewable energy acquired from waste material, before incineration, which could save time and money for the energy and waste industries.

NREL to Help Create Liquid Diesel from Methane

An advanced research project could help lead to lower greenhouse emission and create a new life for spent gas and oil wells.

Shell's Rig Move Timed to Avoid State Tax

The Kulluk drillship remained aground Jan. 5 on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, upright and stable, and Shell has received a state permit to move it, the Unified Command reported.

Battle Medialab Gains Ecosphere Technologies Account

Battle Medialab has announced the addition of Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. to its client list.

Housing Authority Signs Energy Performance Contract with Ameresco

Ameresco has signed a second energy performance contract with the Fall River Housing Authority to upgrade their energy infrastructure.

DEP to Reveal Interactive Exhibit at 2013 Farm Show

Pennsylvania’s DEP will be introducing a new “DEP at Home” exhibit at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg from Jan. 5 to 12.

Coal and Natural Gas Use Still Rising

According to a recent study conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service, oil is still the leading energy source around the globe but the use of coal and natural gas continues to grow in significance.

BSEE Safety Panel Meeting Next Week

This will be the sixth meeting of the year-old Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee. BSEE also is accepting proposals for oil spill response research projects.

21 MW Maui Wind Farm Goes Online

Ten thousand typical homes on the island can be powered by the eight wind turbines installed on a ridge of the Haleakala volcano.

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