Current Energy News

  • EPA increases gas industry oversight with air-quality rule
    AOL Energy - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its first restrictions on air pollution from natural gas fracking operations, requiring energy companies to make big reductions in the output of volatile organic compounds, air toxics and methane by flaring or using "green completions" to separate gas and liquid hydrocarbons in gas-well flowback.
  • EPA gives oil companies more time to capture emissions from wells
    The Washington Post - The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it will delay requirements for capturing air emissions from oil and gas wells until 2015, though in the interim the agency will impose other requirements.
  • A big step forward for liquefied gas exports
    The New York Times - Cheniere Energy crossed a big hurdle in its push to export natural gas this week when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Houston company’s proposed liquefied gas export terminal in Sabine Pass, La.
  • New solar panel parked atop BWI garage - Airport officials plan to unveil the new 505 kilowatt system atop BWI's Daily Garage on Thursday.
  • Gaming consoles consume copious amounts of energy
    CNet News - A study shows that video game consoles eat up heaps of energy and cost consumers billions in electricity costs -- and the majority of this is while the consoles are idle.

April 17, 2012

  • Maryland approves electric reliability standards
    The Baltimore Sun - For the past year, the Maryland Public Service Commission has been working to improve new reliability performance standards for each of the state's utilities, including Baltimore Gas and Electric.
  • Pepco improves, but still ranks poorly in customer opinions
    The Examiner - Pepco ranked among the least favorite energy utilities in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, though the company declared the "most hated" last year improved drastically in customers' opinions.
  • $4 gas reinforces trend toward lower U.S. fuel consumption
    The Washington Post - As prices have neared and in some cases topped $4 a gallon, drivers have cut their consumption of gasoline to its lowest levels in a decade, driving less and buying cars that are more fuel-efficient.

April 16, 2012

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April 13, 2012

  • Md. regulators order Exelon to explain merger agreement violations
    The Baltimore Sun - Maryland energy regulators have ordered Exelon Corp. to explain how the company "inadvertently" violated some conditions related to its merger with Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group.
  • Exelon faces Maryland PSC hearing over power sale
    Baltimore Business Journal - Exelon Corp. faces a May 9 hearing before the state’s Public Service Commission to explain how three of its Maryland power plants sold electricity into the wholesale market at a rate higher than the company promised regulators.
  • Offshore wind again falls short
    The Dispatch - Despite coming much closer to prior efforts, the latest effort to develop a vast offshore wind energy farm off the coast of Ocean City failed to pass again this year.
  • Md. General Assembly 2012: Wind farm jobs lost
    Baltimore Business Journal - Cianbro Corp., a Pittsfield, Maine, civil and industrial contractor, would have boosted its Baltimore work force by almost a third had lawmakers not failed to pass a bill tacking a $1.50-a-month surcharge on utility bills for 20 years to back a wind farm off the Maryland coast.