Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wisconsin’s Wind Power Capacity

The United States Department of Energy has released a set of maps on its Wind Powering America website illustrating the growth of wind energy across the United States. According to the Dept. of Energy, which relies on data from the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Have Your Say: DNR & EPA Currently Accepting Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Waste, Water

Improving Economy Blamed for Increase in Greenhouse Gases

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.

Posted in Clean Air Act

Chapter 30 Permitting Reforms Explained

2011 Wisconsin Act 167 made major changes to the state’s navigable water permitting process. The Legislative Council has produced a helpful memo outlining the existing law, which remains in effect until August 2012, and explaining the new law.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

Energy Department Identifies 245 MW of Untapped Hydropower Potential in Wisconsin

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy, Water

EPA Finalizes Court-Ordered 'Fracking' Rules

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Most Existing Piers Grandfathered

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.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Legislature

Court Hears Oral Argument on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

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.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Feds Increase Fracking Oversight

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Wisconsin Opts Out of Wind Energy Consortium

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.

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy, Water