Wisconsin’s Wind Power CapacityApril 24, 2012
According to the Dept. of Energy, which relies on data from the American Wind Energy Association, Wisconsin’s wind production has increased from 23 to 631 megawatts (MW) over the past thirteen years.
Have Your Say: DNR & EPA Currently Accepting CommentsApril 20, 2012
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency are both accepting comments on a multitude of issues impacting Wisconsin businesses. The agencies are accepting comments on various air, water, and waste rules; and in addition, the DNR is also asking for help identifying burdensome and outdated rules.
Improving Economy Blamed for Increase in Greenhouse GasesApril 19, 2012
The EPA has released the 17th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory. After dropping for two years during the recession, the latest report shows overall emissions in 2010 increased by 3.2 percent from the previous year.
Energy Department Identifies 245 MW of Untapped Hydropower Potential in WisconsinApril 18, 2012
The Energy Department recently released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren't currently equipped to produce power. The report estimates that without building a single new dam, these available hydropower resources, if fully developed, could provide an electrical generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW).
EPA Finalizes Court-Ordered 'Fracking' RulesApril 18, 2012
In response to a court deadline, the EPA has finalized its long-awaited rules regulating air pollution from hydraulic fracturing. According to the EPA, the standards rely on technologies already in use at about half of the nation’s natural-gas wells, and these technologies will trap 95 percent of the harmful emissions from these wells.
Most Existing Piers GrandfatheredApril 17, 2012
Most existing piers and wharves are exempt from needing DNR approval and can be placed in lakes and rivers the same as they have always been under a new law signed April 2.
Court Hears Oral Argument on Cross-State Air Pollution RuleApril 16, 2012
On April 13, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument on EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Court watchers who attended the arguments think the case could go either way based on the judges’ questioning.
Feds Increase Fracking OversightApril 13, 2012
President Obama signed an executive order Friday establishing the Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources. The group includes representation from many federal agencies, some of which are already studying, and in some cases proposing to regulate, natural gas drilling, including fracking.
Wisconsin Opts Out of Wind Energy ConsortiumApril 13, 2012
An agreement signed by 10 federal agencies and the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania, is designed to speed review of proposed offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes by increasing collaboration between federal and state agencies.