New York PSC approves fund to invest $5 billion in clean energy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to invest in reducing emissions and promoting the use of renewable energy in the state. The state’s Public Service Commission approved the fund after Cuomo officially requested renewable power mandates for the state the previous week, according to a statement from the Governor’s office.

Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.



Ohio has yet to write rules for fracking industry

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In June 2014, the state published a list of 20 rules it was working on to govern Ohio’s growing oil and gas industry. The rules were intended to cover serious environmental, financial and health issues, including recycling fracking waste, tracking wastewater pulled from wells developed with the hydraulic fracturing process and establishing a timetable for companies to report well leaks.

EARTHQUAKES: SandRidge agrees to shutter some Okla. disposal wells

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Oklahoma oil and gas officials yesterday reached a settlement with SandRidge Energy Inc. to shut down several disposal wells in an earthquake-prone area of the state. The agreement avoids a courtroom standoff between SandRidge and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) about whether the agency has the authority to shut down wells in an effort to prevent earthquakes.
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California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells

Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co, warned state utility regulators in 2014 of “major failures” without a rate hike to pay for comprehensive inspections of 229 storage wells.



SunEdison To Cover 25 California School Parking Lots With Solar

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Clean Power SunEdison has announced that it has signed an agreement with 25 California schools to provide solar covering for their parking lots. The world’s largest renewable energy development company made the announcement this week. SunEdison signed solar power purchase agreements with 25 California elementary, middle, and high schools, to provide high-performance solar parking canopies at each of the campuses parking lots.