The House on July 1 passed a $1.5-trillion infrastructure bill, HR 2, that would authorize $70 billion for electric grid improvements and extend tax credits for renewable resources and energy efficiency.
The Trump administration's "Waters of the U.S." rule took effect June 22, except in Colorado, after a federal court denied a preliminary injunction sought by California and 16 other states.
The House is the next stop for legislation mandating full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and setting aside energy-development revenues for restoring parks and other federal lands.
Legislation to require permanent full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund advanced toward passage June 12 as the Senate approved a procedural motion, 65-19, that cleared the way for a floor vote during the week of June 15.
President Donald Trump on June 4 signed an executive order directing federal agencies to speed up approvals of pipelines and other infrastructure projects by invoking emergency authority to bypass environmental reviews.
The Treasury Department on May 27 extended by one year the "safe harbor" for renewable-energy developers, giving project developers extra breathing space for claiming production and investment tax credits.
Seventeen states on May 18 filed a motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration's replacement "Waters of the U.S." rule, but the court raised questions May 20 on whether an injunction should be imposed before the rule takes effect June 22.
The House on May 15 passed a procedural motion clearing the way for a floor vote on a $3-trillion pandemic relief bill, HR 6800, that would send nearly $1 trillion in aid to state, local, tribal and territorial governments; appropriate $1.5 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance P…
The Treasury Department on May 7 said it would modify "safe harbor" rules for production and investment tax credits, a sign that the Trump administration plans to grant extensions sought by renewable-energy industries.
The Department of Energy on May 1 said President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent the acquisition by the government or U.S. persons of bulk power system equipment that poses a security risk, based on its country of origin.
Former Vice President Joe Biden's emergence as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has set up a fall contest with President Donald Trump in which U.S. voters will have a clear choice between two sharply different energy and climate policy platforms.
The Federal Reserve on April 9 announced $2.3 trillion in credit support for the pandemic-stressed economy, including $500 billion in lending to states and municipalities, $1.45 trillion in credit flows to businesses and households, and lending to banks originating Paycheck Protection Progra…
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave top priority to maintaining reliability in a regulatory guidance policy issued April 2 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Renewable-energy tax-credit extensions and $3 billion in purchases for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve did not make the cut for the $2.2-trillion coronavirus pandemic relief package that President Donald Trump signed into law March 27 following the House's voice-vote approval earlier in the day..
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be open to requests for deadline extensions and delays in compliance requirements from utilities and system operators impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said at a March 19 press conference.
The Senate on March 4 passed a procedural motion clearing the way for a floor vote on the broad energy package that Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders introduced Feb. 27.
A federal judge on Feb. 27 threw out nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases on Western federal lands within sage grouse habitat, ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully curtailed public comment on the sales.
President Donald Trump on Feb. 19 ordered the Interior and Commerce departments to step up water development and deliveries for California’s Central Valley.
The Trump administration's $4.8-trillion fiscal year 2021 budget request revived for the fourth year in a row a proposal to sell the transmission assets of three power-marketing administrations, an idea denounced by public-power groups and likely to again receive a cold shoulder in Congress.
The federal pipeline safety agency on Feb. 6 proposed requiring installation of remote-controlled or automatic shut-off valves on new and replacement gas and hazardous-liquids pipelines over 6 inches in diameter.
Utility executives and forestry officials on Jan. 28 called for energy decarbonization, grid technological improvements and more aggressive forest management to reduce the growing risks that more frequent, severe wildfires pose to the electric power grid.
The Department of Energy on Jan. 15 finalized a "process" regulation it said would streamline rulemakings for energy-efficiency standards, but the rule is likely to face litigation from opponents.
The Trump administration's Jan. 9 proposal to speed up and revamp environmental studies for energy and infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act is likely to be challenged in court if it is finalized.
Pacific Gas & Electric will need to use public-safety power shut-offs for about five more years before improvements in system technology and vegetation management allow the utility to largely stop the practice as a safety measure in connection with wildfires, PG&E Corp. CEO Bill John…
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Dec. 12 sent five energy bills to the Senate floor on voice votes, including legislation authorizing competitive grants for efficiency upgrades and renewable-energy projects at K-12 schools.
A federal trade court on Dec. 5 issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration's withdrawal of a tariff exemption for imported bifacial solar-photovoltaic panels.
A group of electric utilities on Nov. 25 filed suit to challenge the Trump administration's rule blocking California from setting its own tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards and zero-emission vehicle sales mandates.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 19 reported out the nominations of Dan Brouillette to head the Department of Energy and James Danly to fill a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vacancy.
Energy Secretary nominee Dan Brouillette has promised to keep Bonneville Power Administration privatization proposals "off the table," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said at Brouillette's Nov. 14 confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 nominated Dan Brouillette, the Department of Energy's No. 2 executive, to succeed outgoing DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Trump had indicated his intent to nominate Brouillette when Perry announced his plan last month to resign before the end of the year.
A split between automakers on regulating tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions broke into the open Oct. 31 when a coalition of manufacturers including Toyota, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler formally moved to intervene on the Trump administration's side in litigation against the administration'…
A federal appeals court on Oct. 25 rejected California's challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency's first step toward revising tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards.
President Donald Trump on Oct. 18 indicated he plans to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy.
A federal appeals court on Oct. 10 upheld a 2018 lower-court ruling ordering the Department of Energy to publish four final energy-efficiency standards in the Federal Register.
James Danly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel for the last two years, is President Donald Trump's choice to fill a FERC vacancy, the White House said Sept. 30.
Seventeen states, including six in the West, on Sept. 25 filed suit to contest the Trump administration's revision of rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act.
A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 19 proposed sweeping revisions to rules for implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, drawing cheers from utility groups, an attack from the Solar Energy Industries Association, and a caution flag from an industrial-custo…
The Department of Justice is investigating four automakers for signing a deal with California officials in July to strengthen tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
A broad group of energy producer and consumer organizations on March 5 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stick with “technology-neutral” wholesale market rules and tariffs that leave resource and contracting decisions up to buyers and sellers.
Leaders of national public-power groups on Feb. 26 voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposals to sell power-marketing administration transmission assets and move away from cost-based rates.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 20 issued revised guidance that officials said would ease “planning burdens” on states developing plans to reduce regional haze caused by emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities.
More cybersecurity investment should be directed at making software less vulnerable to attacks, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said Aug. 15 at an energy-security field hearing held with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at Seattle University.