What It Really Means to Require Solar Panels on All New Buildings
Mandates like one recently passed in San Francisco introduce new expenses for developers, but promise long-term payoffs for occupants.
San Francisco’s groundbreaking solar rooftop mandate sounds great on paper. The city has made distributed renewable energy a basic requirement for almost all new construction — and other cities are already expressing interest in adapting the policy.
The mandate doesn’t just stimulate additional solar...
In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere
Some wells sunk since 1859 leak methane into homes and water
“Citizen scientists” join regulators in race to map lost sites
A mail box sits on an abandoned well pipe near blooming peonies, logs snag on metal casings rising out of a creek, children swing next to rusted pump jacks.
In Pennsylvania, birthplace of the U.S. oil industry, century-old abandoned oil wells have long been part of the landscape. Nobody gave much thought to it when many...
We flew over 8,000 oil and gas wells. Here’s what we found.
Drive by an oil or gas well pad, maybe out West, and it may not look like much. You’ll see a couple of storage tanks, some pipes, maybe a see-sawing pump jack.
For a different and more eye-opening view, fly over one of these industrial sites with an infrared camera. Chances are you’ll now see dark plumes of methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, pouring from the facility or piece of equipment.
We did exactly that for a new study to determine how...
Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking ‘Just Ruined Everything’
Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds endure contaminated well water they blame on fracking
This story was originally published by the Center For Public Integrity.
AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible.
That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in...
EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants.
Clean water and public health advocates, along with more than 30,000 Americans, had submitted comments in favor of the EPA rule, finalized earlier this week.
“Allowing toxic, radioactive wastewater to be treated at the same place as dirty bathwater defies all logic,”...
Hot mess: states struggle to deal with radioactive fracking waste
Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls
This story was produced in collaboration with the Ohio Valley ReSource, a public media partnership covering Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than...
CLEAN POWER PLAN: Ohio PUC chairman seeks balance in tackling carbon emissions
As Ohio pursues parallel — and contrary — paths in response to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, one central person who will help determine the state’s energy future is Asim Haque, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
But the quirky energy politics of this purple state are not going to make it easy.
Haque on May 9 was elevated to chairman of the commission by Gov. John Kasich (R) following the resignation of Andre...
U.S. Utility Execs Concede Need for More Innovation (or Better Messaging)
Top officials with the Edison Electric Institute wrapped up the group’s annual convention June 15 in Chicago by discussing what they must do to prosper in a rapidly changing industry environment.
Tom Fanning, EEI’s newly elected chairman who also serves as chairman, president & CEO of Southern Co.: “We are innovative, we are in the customer interest, we are constantly looking for ways to create the future,” Fanning maintained, suggesting that...
7 MW LG Chem Battery System Installed In Minster, Ohio
LG Chem delivered and installed batteries for a 7 MW/3 MWh system in Minster, Ohio. The battery system has been combined with a 4.2 MW solar PV array as well. The S&C Electric Company provided construction, engineering, battery system integration, and procurements. Half Moon Ventures and the local utility also collaborated on the project.
800px-St._Augustine_Catholic_Church,_MinsterThe system benefits to Minster will be shaving of peak demand,...
Editorial: Don’t believe the myth that corporations oppose green initiatives
There is a persistent myth that U.S. corporations oppose green initiatives. To the contrary, many are embracing a green future and reduced carbon footprints as profitable strategic investments.
According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, a clean-energy think tank, U.S. companies bought nearly three times as much solar and wind power under long-term contracts in 2015 as they did in 2014. How significant is that? Imagine 1.4 million fewer carbon-spewing cars...