Energy & Environment

Vice President Harris visits Pittsburgh to tout $5.8 billion for clean water, lead pipe removal

BY: - February 20, 2024

The funding is part of a $50 billion investment in water infrastructure upgrades from President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

Private equity kept aging Homer City plant open, then closed it with no plan for the community

BY: - February 18, 2024

For some industry observers and analysts, the Homer City station stands as a cautionary tale regarding the growing role of private equity, typically backed by large institutional investors, like pension funds, in the financing of coal production and the operation of coal-fired power plants, marked by a desire for quick profits. While banks have increasingly pulled back from financing fossil fuels, notorious for their damage to the environment, private equity has helped keep the coal industry alive. In the case of Homer City, the plant’s private equity owners kept a failing company operating for another six years — as it further polluted the environment and extended the power sector’s reliance on coal.

‘An act of greed’: Biden meets with residents in East Palestine and Darlington, Pa. a year after Norfolk Southern derailment

BY: - February 16, 2024

President Joe Biden on Friday made his first visit to East Palestine, Ohio, a year after a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed. The railroad failed its responsibility to transport the chemical safely, the president said, but added his administration was committed to holding Norfolk Southern responsible. “This was an act of greed that […]

One year after East Palestine derailment, Congress mulling tax break for relief payments

BY: - February 16, 2024

Biden on Friday visited the village of East Palestine for the first time since the derailment. He also stopped in Darlington Township, just across the border in Pennsylvania.

U.S. House passes bill to reverse Biden pause of some liquified natural gas exports

BY: - February 15, 2024

The bill would remove the federal requirement that the Department of Energy considers an LNG export permit in the public interest before allowing a project to move forward.

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$40 million federal grant paves road for Pittsburgh to acquire electric buses

BY: - February 9, 2024

The bus served as a preview of the 45 electric vehicles coming to the city as the result of a $40 million federal grant awarded to Pittsburgh schools transportation provider First Student.

Manchin blasts White House for siding with climate activists in natural gas pause

BY: - February 8, 2024

Manchin and some Republicans on the panel warned Thursday that the move would aid Russia in its war against Ukraine and called it an election-year ploy to appease climate activists.

State lawmakers want to peel back the curtain at the nation’s biggest electrical grid operator

BY: - February 8, 2024

Bills in several states seek to force electric utilities to file with state regulators a record of their votes at PJM, the nation’s largest regional transmission organization. But it’s something of  an uphill fight

Biden’s natural gas export pause fought over by U.S. House panel

BY: - February 6, 2024

Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security blasted the move Tuesday, saying it undercut the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas and hurt the United States on the world stage. Democrats countered that it was an appropriate time to review an industry that has tripled its export capacity in five years. 

Fetterman, Casey release statement expressing concerns over pause on liquefied natural gas exports

BY: - February 2, 2024

Biden said in a statement on Jan. 26 that during the pause, the administration would “take a hard look at the impacts of LNG exports on energy costs, America’s energy security and our environment.” 

Clean power advocates eye grid operator’s planning reforms warily 

BY: - February 2, 2024

PJM, the nation’s biggest grid operator, is changing how it plans transmission upgrades needed to ensure reliable service for the 65 million people who live in its footprint. The effort comes after plenty of criticism of how the regional transmission organization, responsible for coordinating the flow of electricity in all or parts of 13 states […]

Faulty economic studies misled Pennsylvania lawmakers on petrochemicals: Report

BY: - January 31, 2024

In 2012, Pennsylvania lawmakers offered Shell an “unlimited tax credit” to lure the company to the state in what was, at the time, one of the largest public subsidy packages ever awarded to a private company in the U.S.