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Third Report to Congress: Highlights from the Diesel Emission Reduction Program

From goods movement to building construction to public transportation, diesel engines are the modern-day workhorse of the American economy. Though diesel engines are reliable and efficient, older ones emit significant amounts of exhaust including particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOX), which can harm human health. Despite the recent implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) most stringent emissions standards, approximately 10.3 million older diesel engines remain in use. EPA began awarding clean diesel grants in 2008 under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), a grant program created by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reduce diesel exhaust from these older engines. EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) within the Office of Transportation and Air Quality administers the DERA grants. EPA awarded the first DERA grants in 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants in 2009, and grants from funds appropriated in Fiscal Years (FY) 2009 through 2015. This Third Report to Congress covers final results from the Recovery Act and FYs 2009-2011 and estimated results and benefits from funding in FY 2011- 2013. Read More

Geothermal Energy Association

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal Resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. Our members have offices or operations in many states and in numerous countries throughout the world. To accomplish this, the GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal Resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects. Read More

Deploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefits

Since the market for distributed energy storage is still in its infancy, there is a significant need for regulatory guidance and proactive policies to ensure a smooth integration into the existing electrical system. A report released by IREC offers independent insight on how to address these new challenges – and opportunities – in the regulatory arena. Read More

Environment and Energy Daily

From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place insiders go to track their environment and energy issues in Congress. It covers the progress of legislation as it works its way from hearings and markups, through the House and Senate floors, to the President’s desk. Read More

North American Wind Power

The wind power industry leads the way in the renewable energy field, attracting interest from electric utilities, investors, entrepreneurs and renewable energy advocates. Plans for new projects continue to be unveiled as governments and the electric power generation industry seek ways to lessen the dependence on fossil fuels, which are growing more expensive every day. The popular mandates for renewable portfolio standards are evidence that the demand for wind energy will only increase. Read More

Disaster UnfoldsSlowly in the Gulf of Mexico

In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” (40 photos total) Read More

Gulf Oil Spill: The Story So Far

The effort to contain the Gulf oil spill has had more twists and turns than a mystery novel. This rundown of events so far also shows what is ahead in the struggle to clean up the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

Gulf Oil Spill: Government Argues to Reinstate Drilling Moratorium

The Obama administration will argue its case on deepwater drilling Thursday. The government issued the moratorium in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, but a judge blocked it last month. Read More

BP: Gulf Oil Spill Could be Stopped This Month

The end may be near for the runaway gulf oil well, according to a top BP executive. Read More

Gulf of Mexico Response

Updates, videos, press releases, photographs, and downloads from BP regarding the April 20, 2010 “Deepwater Horizon” incident. Read More

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