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Biden puts U.S. back into fight to slow global warming

President Joe Biden returned the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts Wednesday and immediately launched a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power.

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

A federal appeals court struck down one of the Trump administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying the administration acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants.

California heat, poor planning led to August power outages

Energy regulators on Wednesday last week blamed blackouts last summer that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians on poor planning, electrical market problems and an extreme heat wave that blanketed the West.
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Aggregate fossil fuel demand could peak as early as 2027 according to McKinsey

COVID-19 and electrification hasten peak demand for hydrocarbons Aggregate fossil fuel demand is set to peak in 2027 – with oil peaking in 2029 and gas in 2037 – partially due to the impacts of...

New risks increase the urgency to use safety management systems

Over the last few decades, electric and gas utilities have reconsidered and reinvented the kind of services they provide, asking themselves several key questions. Are they reliable? Are they clean? Most importantly, are they safe?

FERC’s Office of Public Participation takes shape

The public is soon going to have a seat at the top federal energy regulatory table. Even though Congress asked for this a long time ago (in 1978), only recently in the COVID omnibus...

COVID-19 slows US energy efficiency sector despite increase in policy adoption

Despite an increase in the number of US states adopting energy efficiency codes/laws or setting ambitious energy-saving targets, COVID-19 has slowed overall market growth in 2020, according to a new study released by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE).

Xcel Energy seeks rate increase to recover investments

Xcel is proposing a rate increase to recover some of the more than $1 billion in investments it has made since 2019.

The “Bubba” vote: McDonald delivers win for Republicans

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald won more votes than either David Perdue or Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday's election to claim a fourth term on the Georgia Public Service commission. McDonald defeated Democrat Daniel Blackman in a runoff after falling short of a majority in the November general election.

Mexico’s state power company admits it falsified document

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned electrical power company acknowledged Tuesday it presented a falsified brush fire report to explain a widespread blackout in December. The Federal Electricity Commission has been criticized for being antiquated...