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August 19, 2015

EPA proposes crackdown on methane emissions

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-19 06:41:10

U.S. EPA today proposed methane rules for new and modified oil and natural gas operations, setting in motion a regulatory apparatus that eventually could cover leakage from the entire sector. Addressing four of the five segments that EPA considered regulating, the draft rule would require the oil and gas industry to find and repair leaks, capture natural gas from the completion of hydraulically fractured oil wells, limit emissions from new and modified pneumatic pumps on well pads, and limit emissions from several types of equipment used at natural gas transmission compressor stations. [ read more … ]

E.P.A. Announces New Rules to Cut Methane Emissions

By GARDINER HARRIS and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-19 06:41:37

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal regulations requiring the nation’s oil and gas industry to cut emissions of methane as part of an expanding and increasingly aggressive effort to combat climate change. In a conference call with reporters, Janet McCabe, the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, said the rules were designed to ensure that oil and gas companies reduced waste and sold more gas that would otherwise be lost, while protecting the climate and the health of the public.
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Inside Microsoft’s wind energy strategy

By Stephen Abbott, Greenbiz  •    •  Posted 2015-08-19 06:41:55

Over the past two years, Microsoft has contracted for 285 MW of renewable powerfrom two off-site wind energy projects. These two wind farms — capable of generating enough electricity to power 125,000 U.S. homes — could not have been built without the long-term off-take agreement provided by Microsoft, demonstrating the large-scale impact that companies can have on renewable energy deployment. [ read more … ]

Google launches ‘Project Sunroof’ to scan rooftops for solar potential

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-19 06:49:57

Google is hoping to spur rooftop solar adoption with a new map that shows individual properties’ capacity to save money — and directs potential customers to solar installers. The Silicon Valley company yesterday released a website, building on the popular Google Maps application, that analyzes properties’ solar generation potential. Users can enter an address or simply scan a street to see rooftops depicted in bright yellow, with purple shadows where sun is less plentiful. [ read more … ]

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