Environment

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Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008 July 7, 2015

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)West Virginiacoalminingproduction/supplystates

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s May 26, 2015

CO2 (carbon dioxide)EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)electricityemissionsforecasts/projectionsgeneration

EIA's Annual Energy Outlook will be released later today April 14, 2015

forecasts/projections

Large reduction in distillate fuel sulfur content has only minor effect on energy content February 24, 2015

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)dieseldistillate fuel

Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use October 23, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)consumption/demandelectricityemissions

Weather-driven energy intensity increase led to higher energy-related emissions in 2013 October 22, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)emissions

U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions October 21, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)annualemissionsgreenhouse gasesmost popular

European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources September 22, 2014

Europeemissionsgeothermalnuclearrenewables

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction prices continue to rise September 18, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)emissionsgreenhouse gases

Power sector CO2 emissions sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply June 9, 2014

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2014CO2 (carbon dioxide)electric generationelectricity generating fuel mixemissionsforecasts/projections

Recent trends in energy-related CO2 emissions vary across regions and states June 3, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)ConnecticutEPA (Environmental Protection Agency)MassachusettsNew YorkVermontWest VirginiaWyomingcoalelectricitystates

U.S. ethanol imports from Brazil down in 2013 May 5, 2014

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)RFS (renewable fuel standards)RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards)biofuelsbiomassethanolgasolinerenewables

Projected CO2 emissions vary with coal and nuclear power plant retirements April 28, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)coalelectricityemissionsgenerationnatural gasnuclear

Light-duty vehicle energy demand: demographics and travel behavior April 16, 2014

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2014CO2 (carbon dioxide)emissionsvehicles

Planned coal-fired power plant retirements continue to increase March 20, 2014

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)coalgenerationretirements

Increase in wood as main source of household heating most notable in the Northeast March 17, 2014

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)New Englandexports/importsresidentialwood

Many newer power plants have cooling systems that reuse water February 11, 2014

electricitygenerationpower plants

Lower emissions cap for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative takes effect in 2014 February 3, 2014

CO2 (carbon dioxide)ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew JerseyNew YorkUnited StatesVermontemissionsstates

EPA proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, with EIA to provide input to the final rule November 21, 2013

RFS (renewable fuel standards)STEO (Short-Term Energy Outlook)alternative fuelsbiofuelsethanolforecasts/projectionsgasolineliquid fuelsregulation

EPA finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2013; additional adjustments expected in 2014 August 14, 2013

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)RFS (renewable fuel standards)biofuelsethanolliquid fuels

What caused the run-up in ethanol RIN prices during early 2013? June 13, 2013

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)RFS (renewable fuel standards)biofuelsethanolliquid fuels