Monthly Archives: September 2012

EIA Breaks Down Industrial Energy Consumption

A recent blog post from the U.S. Energy Information Administration provides data on the amount of energy used by the industrial sector in a unique way that encourages consumers to think about the energy that goes into products used every day. … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has won an award for the study named in the title of this post. Whether the honor is something to celebrate is open for debate.  

Posted in Regulatory Train Wreck

DNR to Hold Meeting on Wisconsin’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy

The DNR is in the process of developing a statewide nutrient reduction strategy to more effectively reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the state’s waters, and it is looking for input from a variety of stakeholders.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

Annual Groundwater Report a Wellspring of Information

The Groundwater Coordinating Council has released its annual report to the legislature. This year’s report calls for Wisconsin to evaluate the prevalence in groundwater and groundwater wells of viruses and other microbial contaminants, and to develop appropriate responses. The report … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

Sensenbrenner Draws Attention to EPA's Four-Gallon Mandate

Through an editorial published in The Hill, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has drawn the nation’s attention to the EPA’s new mandate requiring a minimum four-gallon purchase at service station pumps selling a new 15% blend of the fuel additive ethanol … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Energy

United States and Canada Sign Amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

First signed in 1972 and last amended in 1987, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was recently amended by the United States and Canada in an effort to further protect the world’s largest surface freshwater system.

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency, Water

Press Coverage of the Lake Koshkonong Oral Arguments

Landmark case tests DNR’s Public Trust authority: Lakeland Times, September 14, 2012. Lake Koshkonong ruling could set precedent: Janesville Gazette, September 6, 2012. Lake Koshkonong level before Supreme Court: Jefferson County Daily Union, September 6, 2012.

Posted in Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

State Public Utility Commissions’ Powers to Advance Energy Efficiency

A recent article in the New York Law Journal summarizes the variety of powers and techniques state public utility commissions use to advance energy efficiency. Click here to read State Public Utility Commissions’ Powers to Advance Energy Efficiency by Michael … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Electric Grid Operators Monitoring Drought Conditions

A recent blog post from the Energy Information Administration notes that  electric generating units that rely on water for cooling are closely monitoring the impact the current drought could have on the nation’s electric generating ability. An EIA map shows … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Water

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Highlight Water Conservation Efforts

A recent article in the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association’s newsletter, Working on Water: Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Lead the Way, provides an inside look at the efforts association members put into preserving and protecting the state’s water … Continue reading

Posted in Water