government regulation

Energy Consumption by U.S. Government at Lowest Level Since at Least 1975

February 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Government Energy Consumption

The United States federal government, which has thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the whole country and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but as of late that consumption is in measurable decline.[read more]

What's the Goal and Point of National Biofuel Regulation?

August 27, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

National Biofuel Regulation

While preparing a lecture for the 4th Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics, I returned to contemplating the regulation of biofuels as part of a general federal strategy to combat climate change and increase energy security.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

DOE Poised to Hit a Home Run with Its New Proposed Efficiency Standards for Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs

April 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Department of Energy has just hit a home run with the recently proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country.[read more]

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

April 17, 2014 by David Doniger

The EPA recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month. The EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big sources of heat-trapping methane and other dangerous air pollutants from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

US East Coast Oil & Gas Exploration Could Start in 'Coming Months'

February 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

East Coast Gas Exploration


The US Department of Interior released today an Environmental Impact Statement regarding US East Coast offshore seismic surveys, which constitute early-stage oil & gas exploration. The east coast has been off limits to oil companies for 30 years, but a favorable EIS could presage permitting activity.[read more]

All Systems Go As We Say Goodbye to the Old Inefficient 60-Watt Bulb on January 1

December 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Bulb Efficiency

Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs – and eventually save Americans $13 billion on their annual energy bills.[read more]

OMB Issues Call for Additional Public Comments on the Social Cost of Carbon

December 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week the US Office of Management and Budget invited additional comment on the government’s “social cost of carbon," an estimate of climate change damages resulting from carbon pollution. This comes after a recent update provoked intense backlash by the fossil fuel lobby against its use.[read more]

Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order

November 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

FERC Orders

Energy storage fans are rejoicing all across the country on the heels of a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which opens the floodgates to connecting more solar arrays and wind farms to the power grid.[read more]

Climate Change Bills in the 113th Congress

November 25, 2013 by Jason Ye

The first year of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) draws to a close with no passage of climate-specific legislation, but signs that some in Congress understand the importance of addressing this issue. More bills were introduced that support climate action than oppose it.[read more]

Putting Renewable Fuels Back on Track

November 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

There are a lot of folks who want to tell a simple, black and white story about biofuels and the Renewable Fuels Standard. The RFS either needs to be dashed on the rocks or anchored in a safe harbor never to be touched. The truth is not that simple.[read more]

Why We Need a Fracking Moratorium on Public Lands

November 16, 2013 by Amy Mall

Last week we got one of our first glimpses into what U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell thinks about fracking – and it wasn’t promising. Her viewpoint on this topic is important because she is overseeing new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction process for public lands.[read more]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

October 17, 2013 by David Doniger

The Supreme Court recently rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block the EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. The Court’s ruling partially clears the way for EPA to issue pollution standards.[read more]

European Renewable Energy Subsidies Under Fire From Major Power Generators

October 17, 2013 by Rod Adams

The various leaders of electric power companies owning half of Europe’s generating capacity have joined together to inform the European Union that its policies may in fact be leading to a dangerously unstable power grid.[read more]

Gas Industry Should Embrace Regulation

September 25, 2013 by Max Luke

As fracking activists of all stripes campaign for and against the practice, it is crucial that the oil and gas industry itself intervene to bridge gaps, open dialogues, welcome criticisms, and demonstrate proactive efforts to make fracking safer and cleaner.[read more]