WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Already struggling with cuts
to agricultural production and other impacts from a record
setting drought, California faces the prospect of lower
hydroelectric power generation as well, a U.S. government report
said on Thursday.
A persistent dry spell has drained water supplies in
California and neighboring Nevada. About 60 percent of
California is now classified as experiencing extreme drought,
the Energy Information Administration said in a “Today in
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. public deserves to know how lifting the country’s decades-old ban on crude oil exports would affect gasoline prices, two Democratic U.S. Senators said on Thursday, calling for a “comprehensive analysis” of the issue.
Senator Ron Wyden, the Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and Senator Maria Cantwell, from Washington state, asked the Energy Information Administration for details about how allowing unlimited oil exports would impact domestic energy supplies and costs.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back federal rules to provide more water for farmers and municipalities in California’s Central Valley as the state copes with its worst drought in decades.
Backers said the legislation would provide drought relief by permitting federal and state authorities to pump more water out the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated West Virginians demanded information about the safety of their drinking water in the wake of a chemical spill in January that left 300,000 of them without safe tap water for more than a week, even as U.S. lawmakers pressed for action to prevent similar accidents in the future.
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asked lawmakers at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to support a 10-year study into the effects of the January 9 spill into the Elk River near Charleston, the state capital.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Congress split over the future of the U.S. biofuel mandate, the head of a powerful lobbying group working to dismantle the policy said on Tuesday he was willing to consider legislative options beyond a simple repeal of the law.
Jack Gerard, chief executive of the oil and gas lobbyists the American Petroleum Institute, said he believes lawmakers will act to lower biofuel use targets and added that API would weigh support for any pathway to reform.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States gets closer to being unable to meet federal biofuel targets, a regulatory adjustment would lessen the need for legislation to change the nation’s renewable fuel policy, said a lawmaker who is examining the future of the ethanol program.
Representative John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois and head of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said the timing and substance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 biofuel proposal could make legislative reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard moot.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday authorized natural gas exports from a fourth U.S. facility, unexpectedly accelerating a review process that would-be gas exporters and their allies in Congress had criticized as too slow.
This speed at which the latest approval was reached – just five weeks after the previous project – puts the Department of Energy on a potential pace to rule on several more projects before year’s end.
WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Wednesday authorized natural gas exports from a fourth U.S.
facility, speeding up a review process that would-be gas
exporters and their allies in Congress had criticized as too
Dominion Resource Inc’s conditional permit for
liquefied natural gas exports from its Cove Point terminal on
Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay came just over a month after the
Energy Department approved exports from a terminal in Lake
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for U.S. biofuel use targets for 2014 to the White House for review, as the agency races to avoid the delays that plagued the renewable fuel program this year.
Next year’s targets are due to be proposed this month and finalized in December. That timeline could slip, however, depending on the how long the White House’s Office of Management and Budget takes to review the proposal it received late last week.
WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Democratic proposals
to widen the scope of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan
program for advanced cars could falter in the face of Republican
opposition in Congress.
Last week, the DOE said it was planning “an active outreach
campaign” for its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan
program, created in 2007 to spur the development of plug-in
hybrid and electric vehicles.