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Can Donald Trump re-start Keystone? Nebraska landowners have other ideas

Can Donald Trump re-start Keystone? Nebraska landowners have other ideas | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Opponents of TransCanada's much-maligned pipeline plan are readying their legal weapons to fight it again as President-elect Trump promises to get the project built.
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Utilities embrace e-commerce in bid to boost efficiency

Utilities embrace e-commerce in bid to boost efficiency | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Utilities are increasingly turning to e-commerce, or allowing customers to shop for energy products online, as a way to boost energy efficiency program participation.
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Mapping 30 Years of Pipeline Accidents

Mapping 30 Years of Pipeline Accidents | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock.
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Senate panel rejects Kasich appointee for PUCO seat, but issue not settled

Senate panel rejects Kasich appointee for PUCO seat, but issue not settled | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
In an unusual move, an Ohio Senate panel has recommended rejection Gov. John Kasich's appointee to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The Senate Public Utilities Committee voted this morning to oppose the appointment of Howard Petricoff, a veteran attorney on utility cases.
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Feds: Natural gas line poses minimal risk for Detroit

Feds: Natural gas line poses minimal risk for Detroit | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Federal officials: Proposed natural gas line from Ohio into Southeast Michigan represents a minimal environmental threat
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Vote on weakening Ohio clean-energy standards could come next week

Vote on weakening Ohio clean-energy standards could come next week | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
An Ohio House panel plans to vote today on a proposal to weaken the state's clean-energy standards, but first the committee is listening to dozens of witnesses who oppose the measure.
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Rauner on board with forthcoming changes to Exelon bill

Rauner on board with forthcoming changes to Exelon bill | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD — With only one scheduled day remaining in the General Assembly’s fall veto session, a deal has taken shape between Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office and Exelon Corp. that could
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AEP Seeks $52 Million to Build up to 10 Ohio Microgrids

AEP Seeks $52 Million to Build up to 10 Ohio Microgrids | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
More utilities are pursuing microgrid projects.
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CNPC Separates Pipeline, Natural Gas Units, China Daily Says

CNPC Separates Pipeline, Natural Gas Units, China Daily Says | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
China National Petroleum Corp., the country’s biggest petroleum producer, will separate its pipeline and natural gas sales units as part of an acceleration of gas-market reforms in the world’s biggest energy user, according to state-owned China Daily.
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Snow won't delay the Dakota Access Pipeline

Snow won't delay the Dakota Access Pipeline | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The 8 inches or more of snow that fell across most of western and central North Dakota would not delay the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Automakers would be eligible for $500K power credit under AEP proposal

Automakers would be eligible for $500K power credit under AEP proposal | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Central Ohio's electric utility wants to support automakers with a new credit on their bills. American Electric Power Company Inc. has proposed providing up to $500,000 annually to automakers who use more electricity then they did in 2009. The company included the new proposal as part of its economic development cost-recovery rider.
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How the ‘Industrial Internet’ can help utilities improve grid reliability

How the ‘Industrial Internet’ can help utilities improve grid reliability | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The electrical grid is looking more and more like a supercomputer. Just as Internet-enabled technology has transformed cars, phones and other everyday devices, big data and code are only beginning to reshape the megastructure that keeps the lights on.
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Report: Solar and Wind Good Business for Ohio Companies

Report: Solar and Wind Good Business for Ohio Companies | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohio lawmakers debate the future of the freeze on the state's clean-energy standards, a new report highlights how strong clean-energy policies can boost the economic growth of wind and solar energy. According to research released today by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, with more than 300 solar and wind supply-chain businesses, the Buckeye State is primed to become a major renewable-energy hub. Senior attorney at the center Robert Kelter said the state's established manufacturing base and trained workforce are a big part of the reason.
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EPA orders $2.1 million fine in air pollution settlement

EPA orders $2.1 million fine in air pollution settlement | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
NEW TOWN — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a $2.1 million fine for air pollution at oil and gas wells primarily on the state’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
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Lawmakers end veto session with vote to keep nuke plants open

Lawmakers end veto session with vote to keep nuke plants open | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD — The holidays will be much happier for families of 1,500 workers at Exelon Corp.’s Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants after the Illinois General Assembly voted Thursday
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RENEWABLES: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow's grid

RENEWABLES: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow's grid | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win.
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Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law

Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
On the same day that a new study reported that more than 300 companies in Ohio are part of the supply chains for the wind and solar industries, lawmakers voted a bill out of committee that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020.
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Natural Gas Price Up 4.5% After Storage Report

Natural Gas Price Up 4.5% After Storage Report | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Source: ThinkstockThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thurssday afternoon that U.S. natural gas stocks decreased by 50 billion cubic feet for the week ending November 25. Analysts were expecting a storage decline of about 52 billion cubic feet. The five-year average for the week is an injection of around 3.8 billion cubic feet, and […]
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EPA's late changes to fracking study downplayed risk of polluted drinking water

Early versions highlighted contaminated drinking water and vulnerabilities from fracking. The final version turned out differently: Fracking had not "led to widespread, systemic impacts." Oil and gas cheered the findings.
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Amid Dakota Access protests, tribes continue to pursue clean energy

Amid Dakota Access protests, tribes continue to pursue clean energy | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
While the Sioux nation has been in the spotlight almost daily for its opposition to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, it has much more quietly been pursuing renewable energy development on the Standing Rock Reservation and other tribal lands across North and South Dakota.
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Federal commission clears path for pipeline

Federal commission clears path for pipeline | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Wednesday there are no major environmental issues that will keep the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline from being built. The decision, announced in FERC’s 541-page final environmental impact statement, clears a major bureaucratic hurdle for the project and all but assures construction will begin as planned in early 2017. In its long-awaited report, the commission concluded the pipeline and associated projects will “result in some adverse environmental impacts.” But the regulatory commission, which oversees interstate pipeline projects, said those impacts will “be reduced to acceptable levels with the implementation of NEXUS’s and Texas Eastern’s proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by staff in the
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U.S. To Be The Third Largest Natural Gas Exporter By 2020

U.S. To Be The Third Largest Natural Gas Exporter By 2020 | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The U.S. has not just become an exporter of natural gas in recent days but is now also forecasted to become the world’s third largest exporter by 2020
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Supporters tout Ohio clean-energy standards before legislators

Supporters tout Ohio clean-energy standards before legislators | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
Republican state lawmakers say they are determined to pass new limits on Ohio’s clean-energy standards, despite the approaching end of the legislative session and a possibility of a veto by the governor. Opponents of the limits responded with a show of force on Tuesday, with officials from more than 60 businesses and advocacy groups telling a Senate committee that the proposals are bad for the economy and environment.
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TRUMP ROLLBACK OF OBAMA CLIMATE AGENDA MAY PROVE CHALLENGING

TRUMP ROLLBACK OF OBAMA CLIMATE AGENDA MAY PROVE CHALLENGING | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult.
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GAO: Ethanol mandate unlikely to hit climate target

GAO: Ethanol mandate unlikely to hit climate target | IGS Energy | Scoop.it
The federal ethanol blending mandate is unlikely to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals Congress envisioned.
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