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March 27, 2015

Thanks for Visiting

Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski's husband.

Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband.

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March 26, 2015

Illinois Lawmakers Tap Renewable Funds for Budget Fix

To mitigate a budget crisis, Illinois lawmakers are eying renewable energy fees collected from ratepayers. Full story

March 25, 2015

Grid Attacks Occur Weekly

Many of the suspects of weekly cyber attacks on the power grid are never identified.

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March 24, 2015

Drought Strains California Hydropower

California’s snow pack is a fraction of normal, threatening hydropower potential.

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March 23, 2015

Solar Panels and Home Sales

Leased solar panels can complicate home sales.

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March 20, 2015

K9 Methane Detection

California may use humankind’s best friend to find natural gas leaks. Full story

March 19, 2015

Low Oil Prices Bring Less Offshore Interest

The level of interest in new oil and gas leases this week in the Gulf of Mexico was lower than in past offerings. Full story

March 18, 2015

DOE Taking Lawmakers on Yucca Tour

Members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee are heading to Nevada next month to tour Yucca Mountain. Full story

March 17, 2015

Ivanpah Air Petition Filed

Solar Partners filed a petition to amend the air quality conditions for the Ivanpah concentrating solar plant.

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March 16, 2015

Texas LNG Files Pre-approval, Cites Mexico

A company looking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Brownsville, Texas, notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of its plans last week. Full story

March 13, 2015

Murkowski Juggles Alaskan and National Oil Policy

The oil and gas boom has not been as kind to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s home state, isolated and beleaguered Alaska, where crude oil production, a major source of revenue and jobs, is falling, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports after a a sit down with the chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Full story

March 12, 2015

California Renewable Plan Altered

Counties won a bit of a reprieve from a plan for renewable energy projects on  22 million acres of California desert. Full story

March 11, 2015

Japan Moving To Restart Reactors

The island nation is moving forward with plans to restart its nuclear power plants, idled in the wake of the Fukushima disaster four years ago. Full story

March 10, 2015

Region, Not Party, Determines RFS Divide

Small-government Republicans control both chambers, but regional divisions make it unlikely that critics can even partially repeal the renewable fuel standard, as a bipartisan trio of senators proposed last month, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports. The divisions could be summed up as Big Oil vs Big Ethanol. Full story

March 9, 2015

More Questions About Diablo Canyon Nucler Plant

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. equipment at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant before verifying it could pass a seismic safety test.

The company realized the mistake in 2011 and said the parts were safe after a subsequent analysis, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

Starting in 2008, PG&E swapped out the plant’s old steam generators and reactor vessel heads without evaluating whether the replacements could withstand a major earthquake on the Hosgri Fault — just 3 miles away — and a simultaneous loss of cooling water within the reactors.

By Randy Leonard Posted at 12:47 p.m.

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