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Meet the 4 Clean-Tech Innovations that will Drive Manufacturing Efficiency Gains

Meet the 4 Clean-Tech Innovations that will Drive Manufacturing Efficiency Gains

A new program embeds innovators in a national laboratory where they will develop environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient technologies that drive manufacturing growth.

Energy Sector and Domestic Economy are Especially Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

Energy Sector and Domestic Economy are Especially Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

In testimony before the US Congress, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that cyber threats and natural disasters could seriously put the electric grid at risk and has thus listed the steps that the country can take to mitigate disruptions and the economic harm that would flow from that.

Illinois CCS

DOE Project Captures, Stores 1 Million Metric Tons of Carbon

The Department of Energy’s Illinois Basin-Decatur Project has captured and stored 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injected it into a deep saline formation. The project is part of the development phase of the DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships initiative, which is helping develop and deploy carbon capture … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Budget, Bottle Ban, Chevron Win

President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal calls for more investment in natural gas research and fossil fuel development, including what energy secretary Ernest Moniz called the administration’s first moves to demonstrate carbon capture technology for natural gas systems, The Hill reports. The budget also includes Obama’s $1 billion fund to help communities … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Emissions Tool, Nuclear Loans, 2nd Coal Ash Leak

The EPA has released the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT), designed to help state air quality planners estimate the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. According to the EPA, AVERT “aims to address a key reason states have not implemented previous EE/RE State Implementation Plan guidance.” North … Read more »

DOE Argues for Carbon Capture’s Viability

The Obama Administration continues to make the argument – crucial for its carbon standards for power plants – that carbon capture is a bankable technology. “The technology is ready,” energy secretary Ernest Moniz said last week, during a multi-nation meeting on carbon capture and sequestration, The Hill reports. “It is there. … Read more »

coal fired power plant

Power Plant Carbon Emissions Limits Proposed

New large gas-fired power plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour and new small gas-fired turbines to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour under the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution proposed today. New coal-fired units would need … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drug Disposal, HFCs, Climate Hearing

The King County, Wash., board of health passed a law requiring that pharmaceutical companies pay for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines – only the second such municipal ordinance in the country. Alameda County, Calif., passed drug disposal regulations in July 2012, Waste & Recycling News reports. The USDA is considering … Read more »

Ernest Moniz

DOE Focuses on Wind, PV, LEDs, Batteries, Says Moniz

During a visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., on Sept.11, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz dedicated the new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which will help manufacturers, utilities, and public and private sector researchers integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the nation’s energy infrastructure. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fed’s Carbon Cost, Farm Bill, TSCA

The White House has sharply increased the internal cost it places on carbon, a move that could significantly affect future decisions on policy decisions from the Keystone XL pipeline to power plant emissions rules to efficiency standards for appliances and industrial equipment, InsideClimate News reports. The administration’s central estimate for … Read more »