WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will announce that it has finalized $6.5 billion in loan aid to build the country’s first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years, sources said on Tuesday.
The announcement, expected on Wednesday, follows four years of wrangling between the government and energy company Southern Co over the terms of the loan agreement, which was initially offered in February 2010 to support the construction of two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats from
California and Oregon introduced legislation on Friday aimed at
easing the impact of a record-breaking drought that threatens to
leave farmers and even some communities without water.
The legislation would provide $300 million in emergency
funds for drought-ridden states, while also directing federal
agencies to use their powers under existing laws to maximize
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department on
Tuesday approved exports from Sempra Energy’s Cameron
liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana as the Obama
administration moves forward with its goal of expanding the
global market for the fuel.
The conditional approval of exports from the terminal to
countries with which the United States does not have free trade
agreements, such as India and Japan, was the sixth approval by
the department since 2011, and the first since mid-November.
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.