Environment ministers commit to action on chemicals to curb pollution

Read the full story in Chemical Watch. Environment ministers from around the world have pledged to promote policies that address hazardous chemicals. A ministerial declaration – which sets out a commitment to work towards a pollution-free planet – was adopted yesterday, the final day of the third UN Environment Assembly (Unea3).

More Machine Learning About Congress’ Priorities

Read the full story in ProPublica. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is a tax wonk ― and most observers of Congress know that. But knowing what interests the other 434 members of Congress is harder. To make it easier to know what issues each lawmaker really focuses on, we’re launching a new feature in …

Trump donors and appointees poised to profit off science agencies

Read the full story at Reveal. When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt declared last week that “the war against coal is over,” it was cheery news for some of President Donald Trump’s most generous financial supporters. The nation’s coal mining interests – from CEOs and corporate attorneys to ordinary miners in small towns in West Virginia and …

Trump taps climate skeptic for top White House environmental post

Read the full story in the Washington Post. President Trump on Thursday tapped Kathleen Hartnett-White, a former chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to head a key White House office that coordinates environmental and energy policies across the government. The nomination of Hartnett-White to chair the administration’s Council on Environmental Quality is not entirely surprising — …

Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges

Download the document. Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by NREL. The analysis represents the first publicly available survey of commercial-sector demand charges across the United States. By determining where high demand charges are located …

Many states have adopted policies to encourage energy efficiency

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. As of July 2017, thirty states and the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies—either mandated requirements, voluntary goals, or pilot programs—designed to lower the growth of electricity consumption by using electricity more efficiently. Seven of these states have either created new or updated existing …

Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards: A Roadmap for State and Local Action

Download the paper. This new working paper examines how the Energy Policy and Conversation Act (“EPCA”), and the DOE regulations promulgated thereunder, place limits on the ability of states and cities to outlaw the use of inefficient appliances and equipment.  It surveys existing state efficiency laws that cover products beyond federal jurisdiction, and discusses several steps …