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March 29, 2012

Midwest poised to become ‘Saudi America’ — economist

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-29 12:03:40

“The United States is now going to be the low-cost industrialized country for energy,” he said. “We are going to have a cost advantage of maybe 80 percent in terms of energy, relative to other countries, and this is going to persist for some time.” And given the Obama administration’s biofuels mandate, demand for gasoline will fall at a higher rate in the United States especially once the ethanol blend is cheaper at the gas pump, which will spur the sale of cars that run on a blend, he said. This will feed back to further reduce oil dependence, he said. [ read more … ]

EPA’s historic GHG rules make natural gas the ‘gold standard’ for emissions

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-29 12:03:10

The proposed standards, which now face a 60-day comment period before becoming final, are a logical reflection of today’s markets and the future of electricity generation, explained EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson as she announced the standards yesterday. The action is consistent with a move to cleaner-burning natural gas, “already the technology of choice,” said Jackson. The standards are the outcome of a court settlement reached between the agency and various environmental groups and states in 2010, which also mandates greenhouse gas standards from oil refineries. [ read more … ]

Va. OKs offshore wind turbine in Chesapeake Bay

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-29 12:03:57

Virginia has approved construction of a wind turbine in the Chesapeake Bay that could be the first installed in U.S. waters, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced yesterday. [ read more … ]

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