Energy and Climate Change


These Defense Programs Changed the Landscape of Environmental and Energy Technologies as We Know It

The Defense Programs That Changed the Landscape of Environmental and Energy Technologies as We Know It

The Department of Defense prioritizes safety of course, but it’s also focusing its efforts on environmental security and innovation.

A Benefit of Sustainability that Gets Too Little Notice: Innovation

A Benefit of Sustainability that Gets Too Little Notice Innovation

When we talk about the many benefits of sustainability, we often overlook something: innovation.

Portland Company Finished First Wave Energy Convertor—and More Cities Should Follow Suit

Portland Company Finished First Wave Energy Converter——and More Cities Should Follow Suit

One Portland company has been developing a device for renewable wave energy for years. Last week, it successfully completed construction on the first-of-its-kind device.

North Carolina to be 100 Percent Renewable by 2050, but this Does not Include Wood Fuel

North Carolina to be 100 Percent Renewable by 2050, but This Does Not Include Wood Fuel

The state of North Carolina is making state-wide changes to improve its energy sourcing and environmental impact. The state first rejected the idea that burning wood pellets for fuel qualifies as low-carbon, renewable energy. But it has taken some conflicting actions since.

Halve Global Emissions by 2030? Experts Say There are Dozens of Ways to Do It

Halve Global Emissions by 2030? Experts Say There are Dozens of Ways to Do It

Environmental experts believe we can still halt a mass environmental catastrophe – if we act fast. Read about the main ways experts say the world can curb emissions.

As Energy Efficiency Efforts Suffer the Rebound Effect, Water Seems to Be an Exception

Energy Efficiency Efforts Suffer the Rebound Effect

As increased energy consumption cancels increased energy efficiency efforts, the future of global water sources seem to be taking a different path.

NRC Board to Hold Hearings on Texas Storage Proposal

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear oral arguments on petitions for an adjudicatory hearing on Interim Storage Partners' license application for an interim facility to store spent nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas.

Tennessee Settles Lawsuit Over TVA Coal Ash Ponds

The settlement requires the Tennessee Valley Authority to remove approximately 12 million cubic yards of coal combustion residuals from its active coal ash ponds at the Gallatin Fossil Plant, closing the coal ash pond complex and remediating the area in accordance with state law.



FY2019 NRC Fees Increased for Operating Reactors

The FY2019 annual fees are increasing for operating reactors, research and test reactors, and some materials users. Annual fees will decrease for spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning, fuel facilities, select materials users, U.S. Department of Energy transportation activities, and the DOE Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Program.

EPA Region 9 Launches Smart Sectors Pacific Southwest

In the Pacific Southwest, EPA is engaging with the oil and gas sector initially and plans to expand to several other sectors this year.

Understanding LEED, WELL, and the Differences

The WELL program was started by many of the same people involved in the original LEED program established by the U.S. Green Building Council back in 1998. The WELL program was created far more recently, in October 2014, which is likely one reason few of us are familiar with it.

More Federal Loan Guarantees Given for Vogtle Expansion

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was on hand for the announcement of the closing of approximately $1.67 billion in additional Department of Energy loan guarantees for the Vogtle 3 and 4 units, which Georgia Power has predicted will cost about $25 billion to complete, or nearly twice their original estimated cost.

GM Dials Up More Wind Power in Michigan

At this point, GM has contracted or invested in a total of 1.71 terawatt hours of clean energy power in North America, equivalent to the power consumed by more than 145,000 U.S. households.

Resident Inspectors Chosen for New Vogtle Units

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta recently announced the selection of Kenya Carrington and Patrick Heher as resident inspectors for the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4, new units being built near Waynesboro, Ga.

California's Governor Warns Climate Change Pressuring Utilities

In his first State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom said climate change is putting pressure on all of California's utilities, public and private, and that two recently had their credit ratings downgraded.

TVA to Retire Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

TVA's board of directors on Feb. 14 approved the retirement of Paradise Unit 3 in Drakesboro, Ky., and the Bull Run facility in Clinton, Tenn., older coal generating units that TVA describes as "not designed to efficiently respond to today's continually fluctuating power needs of customers."

Marathon Subsidiary Signs Contracts with Solaris Water

Solaris Water Midstream, LLC will manage all produced water transportation, disposal, fresh water, and recycled water needs within a 369,000-acre region in Lea County, N.M.

IKEA Norfolk Store to Feature Large Solar Array

The new store will feature a 180,000-square-foot solar array and three EV charging stations.

NRC Raising Some Fees This Year

Proposed annual fees for FY2019 have increased for operating reactors, some materials users, and Department of Energy transportation activities.

Top Energy Efficiency Strategies for Building Owners

Investing in new "green" technology to reduce energy use can be intimidating at first, but it doesn't need to be.