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Two Texas Companies and Four Chinese Manufacturers Found to Be in Violation of Clean Air Act for Selling More than 11,000 Uncertified Motorcycles and ATVs

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 18, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that two Texas-based companies—Jonway Motorcycle (USA) Co., Ltd., and Shenke USA, Inc.—and four manufacturers in China violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling more than 11,000 motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that did not conform to the specifications ...

EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage

by Associated Press  (Dec. 18, 2014)

Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a six-year effort that began after a massive spill ...

Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework Recognized at National Conference

by US Department of Energy  (Dec. 17, 2014)

The paper and poster presentation "Bioenergy KDF: Enabling Spatiotemporal Data Synthesis and Research Collaboration" was awarded second place for best paper at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, held November 4–7 in Dallas, Texas. It was selected out of a group of more than 50 papers ...

Matthew Hancock speeech at the 4th Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference

by Department of Energy and Climate Change  (Dec. 17, 2014)

Introduction Your Excellency, Ministers, distinguished guests, it is a great honour to speak here today at the 4th Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas conference. Iraq’s energy potential matters to us all. Iraqi oil and gas can help make global energy supplies more secure, while a prosperous Iraq is one the best guarantees of stability in the region. ...

UNEP Head Invites EU Environment Ministers to Engage Further towards Successful Outcome of Sustainable Development Goals Negotiations

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Dec. 17, 2014)

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner today addressed the EU Environment Council on the post-2015 process and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Mr. Steiner congratulated the EU Ministers on the adoption of Council Conclusions on Post 2015 on 16 December. He acknowledged the constructive ...

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

by Associated Press  (Dec. 17, 2014)

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has ...

European Parliament adopts a weakened fuel quality law after 8 years of fierce lobbying by Canada and Big Oil

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Dec. 17, 2014)

The full European Parliament today narrowly approved weak fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. 337 MEPs voted against because they found the rules too weak, more than the 325 who approved them. But it fell short of the ...

Christopher A. Smith Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

by US Department of Energy  (Dec. 17, 2014)

Christopher A. Smith was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy. “Chris Smith’s depth of expertise and experience in the fossil energy field make him extremely well qualified for this position. I am confident that he will continue to serve the ...

DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on High-Luminous-Flux LED Lighting in a High-Temperature Environment

by US Department of Energy  (Dec. 17, 2014)

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a GATEWAY report on a trial demonstration in which the incumbent quartz metal halide (QMH) area lighting was replaced with LED at three pole locations along a 7.2-mile stretch of the Yuma (Arizona) Sector Border Patrol Area. This high-luminous-flux and high-temperature application is not unique, and ...

Utility Distribution Microgrids are Expected to Reach Nearly $6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

by Navigant Consulting, Inc.  (Dec. 17, 2014)

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market opportunity for utility distribution microgrids (UDMs), including global market forecasts for capacity and implementation revenue through 2023. In the last 2 years, market activity around microgrids owned and operated by ...

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