The Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case projects 351 gigawatts (GW) of new electric generating additions between 2013 and 2040, in both the electric power sector and end-use sectors. Projected future capacity additions are well below the average annual levels observed in recent history, and natural gas is the primary fuel source of the projected added capacity. Near-term additions (through 2016) average 16 GW per year, followed by additions of less than 9 GW per year through 2022, as the existing generating fleet will be sufficient to meet expected demand growth in most regions. From 2025 to 2040, annual additions increase to an average 14 GW per year, but remain below recent levels.
First-Of-Its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Electric Utility Companies' Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance
Xcel Energy, Edison International, Sempra Energy, Northeast Utilities, PG&E Rank High; Dominion Resources, Southern Company, SCANA Rank Low
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares for July 29th – August 1st listening sessions on its Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, a new report from Ceres and Clean Edge ranks the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report found that many utilities are deploying lower carbon fuel sources and that state policies are a key driver in that performance, but there is variability in performance even among utilities operating in the same states.
Annual campaign raises thousands for Waterkeeper® Alliance members across the Southeast
Although water is one of the most vital resources on the planet, waterways continue to decline in quality and quantity in virtually every part of the world. Earth is home to one billion cubic kilometers of water, yet only 2.5 percent is fresh water. Of that, less than one percent is clean and accessible, leaving more than one billion people living without safe drinking water.
Southeast Region Gets $4.9 Million
A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. In the Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each received Funding.
Southern States Energy Board announces the release of the 2nd edition of Southern States Regional Energy Profiles
The Southern States Energy Board announced the release of the 2nd edition of an informative and insightful analysis of Southern States Energy Profiles, providing an overview of the changing patterns of energy consumption across the South as well as their impacts on energy independence, security, reliability, environmental landscape, and economic growth. This is a cooperative venture between the Southern States Energy Board and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.
Better Buildings Neighborhood Initiative Upgrades 100,000 Buildings, Saves $730 Million on Energy Bills
Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department announced that the Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program has helped more than 40 state and local governments upgrade more than 100,000 buildings and save families and businesses over $730 million on utility bills. Supported by the Recovery Act, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 competitively selected state and local governments and their partners to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and local buildings and leverage early federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs.