Maine governor taps new energy office director
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has tapped a Maine native who spent the last eight years working on climate and energy policy in Massachusetts to serve as her new energy office...
New Mexico considers greater investments in solar, wind
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers would channel a small portion of state investments specifically toward renewable energy projects under newly proposed legislation.
A House panel on energy policy took up discussion Thursday of a bill from Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton to channel 1 percent of a $5 billion trust fund toward investments in solar and wind energy
The Latest: Panel wants to change public lands energy policy
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on royalties paid by U.S. energy firms for extracting gas from public land (all times local):
A Trump administration panel is recommending a change in the way energy companies calculate how much money they owe taxpayers for pumping natural gas from public lands.
The Latest: Brown sees new California energy policy as model
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California climate policy (all times local):
California Gov. Jerry Brown says he hopes a law he's signed moving California toward eliminating fossil fuels for electricity will serve as a model for other state and national governments.
Brown is hosting a summit in San Francisco starting Wednesday that he hopes will "wake up the national leaders" on the need to confront climate change.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker says he doesn't regret comparing the state's largest energy provider to "terrorists" he'd like to "shoot," despite calls for him to publicly apologize.
Republican Rep. Gary Glenn made the comments toward Consumers Energy last week in reference to a bill he sponsors. The legislation would keep electric costs down for Hemlock Semiconductor and lessen the impact of future residential rate hikes.
The bill passed in the House and is now in the Senate.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy has long had unrivaled success at getting friendly legislation through the Virginia General Assembly, a political advantage that by some counts has been worth billions of dollars in profits.
Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, a citizens ballot campaign, has recently publicized its plan to force Michigan to produce 30 percent of its electricity with renewable sources by 2030. The group, backed by California-based financier and environmental activist Tom Steyer, calls the requirement "30 by 30." The effort effectively resurrects the "25 by 25" proposed constitutional amendment that attempted to force a 25 percent renewable mandate on the state but was rejected by 62 percent of voters in the 2012 election. The 30 by 30 idea points Michigan energy policy in the wrong direction by preferentially benefiting a select few industries, restricting electricity choice and increasing electricity prices.
One of the most remarkable consequences of President Trump's making America great again has been the revolution in energy policy under The Donald.
Gone are the days of claiming "climate change" is the No. 1 threat facing the United States from a national security standpoint. Gone is the requirement to send trillions of dollars to adversarial nations that want to do us harm and destroy our way of life to pay for oil and gas.
Deputy head of China’s energy agency fired in graft probe
BEIJING (AP) — The deputy head of the Chinese Cabinet agency in charge of energy policy for the world's second-largest economy has been dismissed on graft charges, the country's anti-corruption agency said Tuesday.
The probe of Wang Xiaolin, a former longtime executive in the state-owned coal industry, adds to a string of senior officials who have been ensnared in President Xi Jinping's marathon anti-corruption crackdown.
The opening days of the year are the perfect time to ensure we have clearly outlined our goals for 2018. Michigan residents want a clean, healthy environment; access to affordable, reliable and clean energy; and a strong, vibrant economy that produces jobs and attracts business to the state.
Arkansas state senator tapped for federal energy policy post
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state senator said Thursday he's resigning from office to take a job with the Trump administration on a board focused on energy issues in the South.
AP-NORC poll: Americans want local leaders to fight warming
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want their local officials to take on the challenge of battling global warming now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the nation an international climate change agreement.
Longest serving New Mexico senator leaves bipartisan legacy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pete V. Domenici, the son of Italian immigrants who rose to become a power broker in the U.S. Senate, died Wednesday in New Mexico. The Republican was known for reaching across the partisan divide and his work on the federal budget and energy policy over a career that spanned more than 30 years.
Domenici was surrounded by family when he died at an Albuquerque hospital after suffering a setback following a recent surgery, his family said. He was 85.
‘Clean energy’ petition targets pollution in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office and consumer advocates are petitioning state regulators to consider a new energy standard they say would protect utility customers and shareholders from the costs and risks associated with future environmental regulations.
Energy policy: Fleck sparks major change for Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fall camp has begun at Minnesota with a rare open audition at quarterback. Half the roster is composed of redshirt or true freshmen. New schemes have been installed on both sides of the ball.
There is no team in the Big Ten undergoing more drastic change this season than the Gophers, starting with their 36-year-old whirlwind coach, P.J. Fleck.
Trump clings to coal as worldwide demand plummets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Market demand for the dirtiest of fossil fuels is plummeting worldwide, according to industry data published Tuesday, even as President Donald Trump has made reviving the long-struggling U.S. coal mines the bedrock of his administration's energy policy.
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Minnesota environmental policy professor has been chosen to lead a new Ivy League energy policy center funded by a fossil fuel conglomerate-owning family.
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A major rewrite of the state's renewable energy policy is on its way to the House floor later this week, but skeptics say it's moving too quickly and with too little public consideration.
House Bill 589, which was announced by a news release from Speaker Tim Moore's office Monday afternoon, cleared the House Energy Committee in a little over 30 minutes Tuesday morning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with international leaders next month, his office announced Friday.
He'll attend an international energy conference in Beijing with delegates from nearly two dozen countries during his visit during the first week of June.
Former legislator says knowledge in energy policy, regulation will benefit cooperative
LIHUE — If elected to serve on the board of directors of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Hermina Morita promises to use her experience in policy making to ensure the co-op thrives.
“My background and expertise is in energy policy and regulation, a much broader scope than just renewable and other sources of energy,” she said.
A group of venerable Republicans has put forward an intriguing carbon tax plan to address human impact on climate change.
For too long, many Republicans have wanted the GOP to be the party of denial on this issue, dismissing scientific consensus about man-made climate change. There is no denying the Earth is warming, quite rapidly. With that warming comes immense potential peril for future generations. Rising sea levels. Drought. Flooding. Scarcity of resources.
Most people don't spend much time thinking about national energy policy, and it is rarely a major issue in election campaigns. The 2016 elections were no different.
Yet Donald Trump's administration and Republican members of Congress now promise a sweeping reversal of energy priorities, claiming a public mandate to do so.
In fact, Trump recently announced he wants expedited approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines that the Obama administration blocked.
Rebuking Obama, Trump boosts Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved swiftly Tuesday to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, signing executive actions to aggressively overhaul America's energy policy and deal a sharp blow to Barack Obama's legacy on climate change.
Obama had personally halted the Keystone XL project, which was to bring oil from Canada to the U.S., and major protest demonstrations have frozen work on the Dakota pipeline.
Rick Perry was governor of a major oil-and-gas-producing state that also has the distinction of being a national leader in wind energy and investments in other renewable sources. These would seem to make him a good fit to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s energy secretary.
The Latest: Lawmakers leave for day; talks continue on items
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's final week of voting in the two-year term (all times local):
Michigan lawmakers have adjourned for the day after about 11 hours in session, as talks continue on energy policy and changes to the state's auto insurance system.
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Rick Perry was governor of a major oil and gas producing state that also has the distinction of being a national leader in wind energy and investments in other renewable sources. These would seem to make him a good fit to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s Energy Secretary.
Bill aimed at keeping Illinois Exelon plant passes committee
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Legislation aimed at keeping Exelon's nuclear generating plant near Cordova has passed an Illinois House committee but still is subject to tweaking by groups that want to remake the state's energy policy.
The House Energy Committee approved the bill on a 9-1 vote Wednesday night, according to the Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus (http://bit.ly/2goxqsR).
Arkansas, Oklahoma governors discuss wind energy project
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson agreed when they spoke Monday at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission's annual conference that energy policy needs to be included in the national political debate.
Latta legislation to modernize nuclear technology approved by House
WASHINGTON. – Bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, to modernize the nation’s nuclear technology has been approved by the U.S House of Representatives.
Maine regulators propose reforms to solar policy
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are proposing changes to an energy policy that lets solar owners receive credits on their utility bill for energy they sell back to the grid.
Critics including GOP Gov. Paul LePage have criticized the policy for selling back electricity at "above-market" rates. On Tuesday, Maine public utility commissioners, all appointed by LePage, appeared to agree that current solar rules are not equitable and don't take into account the market.
BY PAUL LEPAGE
Bad decision-making in energy policy is expensive. These bad decisions show up on your electric bill, and they've been holding Maine back for 30 years.
In the 1970s, environmentalists, like NRCM, blocked the expansion of hydropower, which had been vital to Maine's economy and manufacturing base.
Meanwhile, the Province of Quebec decided to pursue hydro development. Quebec is now ready to be a huge exporter...