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As US Exports More Natural Gas, Manufacturers Worry About Increased Prices

As US Exports More Natural Gas, Manufacturers Worry About Increased Prices

Now that the United States has become a net exporter of natural gas, manufacturers are concerned that the cost of their feedstock will rise and hurt their international competitiveness.

Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Now that the Trump administration has signaled it will try and rollback regulations tied carbon, methane and volatile organic compounds, it may soon turn its attention to most insidious pollutant of them all: mercury.

Carbon Emissions from Transport Sector Exceed Those from Power Sector

Carbon Emissions from Transport Sector Exceed Those from Power Sector

The transportation sector is now putting out more carbon dioxide emissions than does the power sector that generates electricity. That’s according to the monthly review of the US Energy Information Administration, which says that carbon releases from the transportation sector reached 1,893 million metric tons (MMmt) from October 2015 through … Read more »

Commercial, Industrial Customers Get a Break on Wholesale Natural Gas Prices

Commercial, Industrial Customers Get a Break on Wholesale Natural Gas Prices

Commercial and industrial businesses got a dividend in 2016 — cheaper wholesale electricity prices from a year earlier, ranging from 24% less to 64% in California and New England respectively. “Monthly wholesale prices for the rest of 2016 were slightly below 2015 prices and generally averaged between $20 and $45 … Read more »

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Transportation Is No. 1 Source of Carbon Emissions. What Can Corporate Fleets Do?

The transportation sector is now the biggest contributor to US carbon dioxide emissions, beating the power sector, which has long-held that dubious distinction since 1979, according to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). While the difference is small — 32.1 for transportation versus 31.7 percent for power plants — it … Read more »

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During Drought, Solar Power Shines as a Low-Water Electricity Source

Water crises pose the no. 1 risk for the planet over the next 10 years, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016. This may be a boon for rooftop solar power, which uses significantly less water compared to other types of electricity. California, for example, still experiencing … Read more »

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Will US Coal Lease Moratorium Increase Manufacturing Costs?

The coal lease moratorium on federal lands and overhaul of the program, announced Friday by the Obama administration, was attacked by the fossil fuel industry as further proof of the war on coal and cheered by environmentalists as paving the way for a clean energy future. Its affect on businesses, … Read more »

Energy-Related Emissions Increased 0.9% in 2014

Energy-Related Emissions Increased 0.9% in 2014

US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased 0.9 percent in 2014, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s online analysis, released today. Fossil fuel consumption accounted for 5,406 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2014, an increase of 1 percent from the 2013 level. The increase was influenced by gross … Read more »

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Drop in 37 US States

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Drop in 37 US States

Between 2000 and 2013, energy-related CO2 emissions fell in 37 states and rose in 13 states, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration. Maine saw the greatest percentage decrease in CO2 emissions with a 27 percent, or 6 million metric ton, reduction. New York experienced the … Read more »

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US increased from 5,267 million metric tons in 2012 to 5,396 million metric tons in 2013, or 2.5 percent, according to a report released yesterday by the US Energy Information Administration. The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an … Read more »