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  • UK Small Scale Wind Incentives to Continue with Feed in Tariff

    Following a recent announcement from the UK Government that the Renewable Obligation for Onshore Wind will close at the end of March 2017, we would like to highlight that the closure of the Renewable Obligation is not the same scheme as the Feed in Tariff which will continue for Small & Medium Scale Wind Turbines. The Feed in Tariff scheme has been very successful and despite a reduction in ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • Meeting regulations and saving energy

    As today's plants struggle with aging infrastructure and increasingly stringent regulations as well as operations and energy costs, they are looking for cost-effective ways to upgrade their plants to meet current and future requirements. Whether treatment facilities need to rehabilitate, retrofit, upgrade or expand existing assets, Siemens offers sustainable solutions that help plants reduce ...

  • Obama nominates Colo. energy regulator to FERC

    President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated the former head of Colorado's Public Utilities Commission to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ronald Binz sat on Colorado's utilities commission from 2007 to 2011 and helped oversee efforts to reduce Colorado's reliance on coal-fired utility plants and increase the state's use of renewable energy. He previously served as the state's ...


    By Associated Press

  • Energy Department revises NEPA regulations to improve efficiency

    The U.S. Department of Energy will save time and money in its environmental reviews of many proposed energy projects under revised regulations approved September 27, 2011, to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The revisions focus on the Department’s categorical exclusion provisions, and reflect the first update to these provisions in 15 years. A categorical exclusion ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Are Canadians missing the mark on energy and environmental regulations?

    Policymakers have encumbered Canadians with superfluous and needlessly costly environmental regulations that do little to improve the environment, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute. “From light bulb bans to plastic bag bans, governments across the country have implemented inefficient policies that put unnecessary constraints on Canadians’ personal ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EI publishes guide to new energy efficiency regulation

    The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK Government's response to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which mandates energy assessments for large organisations. ESOS will affect thousands of organisations and the Energy Institute (EI) has published a free guide to understanding and complying with this new regulation. Implementing energy efficiency is a ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • New ESOS Regulations are Energy SOS for British Business

    The Carbon Trust is calling on British businesses to save billions on their energy bills through implementing the most cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities identified through the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The new scheme is expected to help reduce energy bills for large enterprises by £300 million in 2016, but the Carbon Trust believes savings could be two to ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Emissions from shipping to be regulated

    Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The end of regulated electricity prices?

    The end of regulated power prices - a major obstacle to a liberalised power market - could be in sight after EU energy ministers meet tomorrow. Ministers are expected to call on governments to consider phasing out price regulation, which would be a step towards power generating technologies competing equally on the market, bringing prices down for consumers. "Ending regulated power prices is ...


    By WindEurope

  • The right’s resistance to regulation

    Book details how conservatives have changed the terms of the environmental debate in recent decades. Written by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office.You can read the original story in MIT NewsJames Watt, who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1981 ...

  • Hydro Water Mandates and Regulations

    Marcie Mangold answered a series of questions written by marcus evans before the forthcoming Hydro Licensing & Compliance Forum, June 6-7, 2012 in Seattle, WA. What are some common issues that the Department of Ecology is facing today in regards to hydro licensing? MM: As a hydro 401 ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • Regulating Carbon Emissions in Canada

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has issued a report analyzing three policy proposals currently in play to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, and recommends alternatives to what is being contemplated by governments and the oil and gas industry. Notes the Institute, the provinces, Canada and the oil and gas industry are under pressure to ramp up ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • CEA Urges California Energy Commission to Reject Battery Charger Regulation

    The Consumer Electronics Association® (CEA) is calling on the California Energy Commission (CEC) to reject a proposed regulation for consumer battery chargers due to a flawed justification and unnecessary duplication of a federal regulation. The CEC has scheduled a meeting to adopt the proposed regulation on January 12, 2012, in conflict with a long-scheduled ...


  • Coal Ash Anticipated to Be Regulated As Nonhazardous Waste, Duke Energy Says

    Forthcoming regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency are likely to designate coal ash as a nonhazardous waste despite a recent high-profile spill of the material in North Carolina, Duke Energy Corp. said. “We do expect it will be designated as nonhazardous,” Keith Trent, chief operating officer of regulated utilities for Duke Energy, said during a conference call ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • UK Government launches consultation for streamlining Display Energy Certificate regulations

    The Government has today announced proposals which could see radical changes to the requirement for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) that are mandatory for approximately 54,000 public buildings throughout England and Wales. Like most early news the tendency is to think of the most extreme scenario, in this case entirely scrapping the requirement for Display Energy Certificates (DECs). In the ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Finding New Offshore Regulator Difficult, Bromwich Tells Platts Energy Podium

    Federal regulators have had some difficulty attracting candidates for the job of enforcing safety and environmental rules on offshore oil and gas drillers, Michael Bromwich, director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), said Tuesday. Bromwich has agreed to remain as head of the new U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental ...


    By Platts

  • Huhne: Strong, independent, regulator crucial for secure, low-carbon, affordable energy

    DECC published the conclusions of two reviews today that aim to support the delivery of energy and climate change goals by strengthening the way regulation is carried out in the gas and electricity markets, and improving delivery of DECC programmes. The Ofgem Review proposes new legislation for government to set high-level strategic goals that the energy regulator will play a part in meeting. ...

  • Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

    The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution, the state ...


    By Associated Press

  • Urban green areas and roofs regulate temperature and reduce energy

    A new study highlights the positive effects of plants and trees in cities. Urban green areas provide shade and reduce temperature fluctuations, bringing average temperatures down. Covering roofs with plants, rather than black roofs, reduces the energy required to heat and cool buildings. The 'urban heat island' (UHI) effect is well-known. Many factors contribute to the formation of the UHI, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Regulating unconventional oil and gas in Alberta

    The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board is seeking feedback on a new approach to regulating unconventional resources, such as shale oil and shale gas. The new approach includes requiring early and meaningful stakeholder engagement, minimizing surface impacts, protecting water, and maximizing resource recovery. Albertans have until March 31 to submit feedback to the ERCB. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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