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  • Clinton releases plan to help coal country adapt to climate

    November 12, 2015 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton has a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt to climate policy. Clinton says her proposal will protect health benefits for coal miners and their families and help them retrain for new jobs. The Democratic presidential front-runner says the plan would help coal-dependent communities... more »
  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas on Monday to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy... more »
  • Air pollution settlement pays for Ascension Parish solar panels Play Video

    August 5, 2015 6:33 PM

    GONZALES - Energy company NRG spent over $1 million on an Ascension Parish solar project as part of an air pollution settlement. More than 1,000 solar panels were installed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Complex. The facility houses a number of parish government offices with 150 employees. The solar panels... more »
  • Scalise takes congressmen on offshore Gulf tour

    April 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Majority Whip Steve Scalise took seven House Republicans and one Democrat on a tour of an offshore oil and natural gas platform on Thursday to highlight the importance of the busy Gulf of Mexico's energy production. Scalise, a Republican from Metairie, recently took over as majority whip.... more »
  • Women in the energy field check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 7, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The oil, gas, and energy fields are sometimes thought of as a "boy's club," but there are many women in the industry. Katie Menhert is one of those women. She is the founder of Pinkpetro.com. This morning she stopped by 2une In to tell News 2's Kylie... more »
  • Regulators to discuss nuclear power plant

    April 1, 2015 10:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting for people to learn about issues with the area's nuclear power plant, River Bend. Inspectors have been at the plant recently for incidents relating to two unplanned shutdowns and a security violation. The NRC calls the meeting... more »
  • La. governor's candidates talk to energy industry leaders

    March 13, 2015 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's candidates for governor assured a group of oil and gas business leaders they understand the industry's value to the state. To highlight their support, the three GOP contenders - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle - backed a... more »
  • Meeting next week to discuss revitalizing old Entergy site check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital City is in the midst of a redevelopment revolution. Baton Rouge is constantly changing and developing. The latest chapter of the revolution is the old Entergy site on Government Street. Redevelopment Authority President/CEO Gwen Hamilton joined us on 2une In this morning for an update... more »
  • Applications now being accepted for energy bill assistance program

    January 28, 2015 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Qualifying low-income households may be able to get some help with paying their energy bills for the remainder of winter through the Office of Social Services' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. To see if your household qualifies for funds available through the program, refer to... more »
  • EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

    January 7, 2015 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is delaying for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants. A final rule was due by law on Jan. 8. But the EPA announced Wednesday it would wait until mid-summer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has... more »
  • Entergy customers brace for possible bill increase

    December 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state. New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
  • Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone

    November 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu's failure to get the vote needed... more »
  • Components for wind farm to be built in Terrebonne

    November 17, 2014 5:21 PM

    HOUMA - Gulf Island Fabrication in Terrebonne Parish has won a contract to build parts for a planned wind energy project off the eastern seaboard. The project is being built for the Block Island Wind Farm, a project of Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind company. The Houma Courier reports the farm... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • Late-day swoon sinks US stock indexes

    October 13, 2014 3:11 PM

    Stocks are ending sharply lower after a late-afternoon slide. The losses extended a downturn in the market last week which gave indexes their worst weekly performance in more than two years. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 222 points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 16,321 Monday. The Standard &... more »
  • Solar panels to save expo center money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:41 PM

    GONZALES - Lamar Dixon Expo Center will soon have more than 1,000 solar panels pumping energy into the facility. The panels are part of a $1.5 million grant that will allow Ascension Parish to cut costs at the expo center. "It's the perfect application in the perfect location,"... more »
  • White House touts energy policies as rules loom

    May 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants by casting its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. A 42-page White House report to be... more »
  • Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone

    May 7, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project. Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline... more »
  • Senate takes up energy bill amid Keystone squabble

    May 6, 2014 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to take up a bill that supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline want to use as a vehicle to authorize immediate construction of the proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States. The 79-20 vote to limit debate on an energy efficiency bill... more »
  • Utility bills rise after cold snap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility bills after a cold snap in Louisiana are up about 20 percent from this time last year. Entergy said their customer energy usage is up 14 percent for December and 17 percent for January, which is about $20 more for a 1,000 kWht user. DEMCO... more »
  • Mysterious power failure leaves thousands in cold check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 7, 2014 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are lingering questions after thousands of people lost electricity during a six-hour hard freeze Monday. Power was lost as temperatures dropped to 19 degrees and did not come back on until early Tuesday morning. "There is no fault known at this time," Entergy spokesman... more »
  • Lamar-Dixon may get solar power

    November 7, 2013 8:16 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are considering a plan to install solar panels at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to save on energy costs. The panels would be placed on the roof of one of the barns at Lamar-Dixon and produce an estimated 250 to 300 kilowatts of electricity for... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • Lawmakers support $257M deal for Sasol fuel plant

    August 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reversed course and backed a $257 million agreement with a South African energy company to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in southwest Louisiana. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract with Sasol Ltd. without objection.... more »
  • Energy efficiency program stalled for adjustments

    June 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency is reviving a planned statewide energy efficiency program - but is delaying implementation to work on modifications. The Louisiana Public Service Commission has gone back and forth on the program, approving it in December, then shelving it in February. Wednesday's vote restarts... more »
  • PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate

    May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations claiming the commission broke the state's open meetings law by refusing to allow public... more »
  • New jobs and energy gains helping lift US economy

    May 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk. The economic advances also are drawing attention to the importance of private-sector innovation rather than government policy in fostering... more »
  • Moniz backs natural gas 'revolution'

    April 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Ernest Moniz, chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Energy Department, says he will push to increase use of natural gas as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production. Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,... more »
  • Gulf lease sale to open 38M acres to drilling

    February 7, 2013 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico will go on the auction block next month. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the New Orleans sale will include about 7,299 federally-owned drilling tracts, three to 230 miles off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama... more »
  • Genesis Energy plans Baton Rouge area expansion

    February 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Genesis Energy is expanding its presence in the Baton Rouge area, with plans to build a crude oil pipeline that will connect to ExxonMobil's refinery. The Houston-based company supports refinery and chemical operations with pipeline transportation, supplies and logistics. It announced the $125 million project Monday. Construction... more »
  • Shaw Founder: "I am under consideration" for Energy Secretary Post

    February 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shaw Group Founder Jim Bernhard told News 2 today he is up for consideration to replace Stephen Chu as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. He also said there are other names out there to become the country's next Secretary of Energy. Bernhard recently... more »
  • Energy Secretary Chu to step down

    February 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down. The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan. Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley... more »
  • Experts say 2nd industrial revolution starting in La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new LSU energy report shows industry will invest $60 billion dollars in Louisiana projects over the next decade. The investments are tied to Louisiana's natural gas resources and production development, and expected to generate more than $20 billion directly to the state economy. Louisiana Chemical... more »
  • LSU to offer specialized study in energy law

    November 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Law Center is developing a specialized program in energy law in reaction to increasingly complex legal and regulatory issues. The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the LSU Energy Law Center in August. Chancellor Jack M. Weiss discussed the plans in a recent interview with NOLA.com... more »
  • Volunteers make improvements to homes near Istrouma

    October 4, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers and city-parish officials along with Entergy gathered in East Baton Rouge today to make more than a dozen homes more energy-efficient. Volunteers organized out of Istrouma High School fanned out into the nearby neighborhood this morning to make improvements at 16 different homes in the... more »
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    August 14, 2012 3:09 PM

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa - President Barack Obama is blasting Mitt Romney for opposing tax supports for wind power. At a campaign stop in Iowa, Obama accused his Republican challenger of wanting to maintain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for oil companies rather than investing in what he describes as promising... more »
  • Romney promises energy independence by 2021

    August 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    BEALLSVILLE, Ohio - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has promised voters in coal-rich eastern Ohio that America won't have to buy oil from Venezuela or the Middle East by the time his second term ends in 2021. Romney stopped Tuesday outside a coal mine in Beallsville, where he said the... more »
  • La. solar tax credit price tag far above estimates

    August 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A tax break passed by lawmakers four years ago to spur investment in solar energy has become a costly deal for the state, siphoning millions of dollars more than expected from Louisiana's coffers. When lawmakers passed the Wind and Solar Energy Systems Tax Credit in 2007, fiscal... more »
  • La. energy customers can expect refunds soon

    July 19, 2012 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say customers at two Louisiana-based energy companies will be receiving refunds as credits on their energy bills this summer. Members of the state's Public Service Commission voted to let Pineville-based electricity provider Cleco Corp. put a refund on its customers' September bills. PSC attorney... more »
  • Former U.S. Senator named LSU speaker

    March 14, 2012 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston will be the commencement speaker at the LSU Law Center graduation ceremonies. Johnston served 24 years in the U.S. Senate representing Louisiana. He was either directly or indirectly responsible for all energy legislation considered by the Congress during his terms. Johnston... more »
  • EBR gets $1M for energy bills

    January 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish has more than $1 million to allocate to residents who need help paying their utility bills. The city-parish received the money from a federal grant through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency. Officials say the parish will allocate $108,126 for people who already have... more »
  • Mayor launches energy conservation initiative

    December 15, 2011 4:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE -The city of Baton Rouge has officially gone green. Mayor Kip Holden launched the ConserveBR energy efficiency outreach program Wednesday. The grant-funded program encourages both city-parish employees and area residents to become more energy-efficient by making small changes to conserve energy usage. For more information... more »
  • Researchers: Gulf drilling could add 230,000 jobs

    July 22, 2011 9:57 AM

    NEW YORK - An energy research group predicted that an increase in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 jobs and add $44 billion to the economy next year. IHS on Thursday echoed the industry's argument that regulations enacted following the Gulf oil spill have slowed... more »
  • Worker dies after fall on abandoned gas platform

    April 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A worker sealing off an abandoned natural gas well in the Gulf died this morning after a fall, according to authorities. A spokesperson with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said the worker with Alliance Oilfield Services died when he fell through a... more »
  • GOP lawmakers call lightbulb mandate a dim idea

    March 10, 2011 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Enzi has a dim view of a federal law requiring light bulbs to be more efficient. The Wyoming Republican is pushing a bill to repeal the 2007 law and give consumers the choice to buy any light bulbs they want. Twenty-six senators - all... more »
  • Academy responds to industry's "Gasland" request

    February 25, 2011 1:06 PM

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it's not in the business of vetting best documentary contenders for truth and accuracy. That's up to Oscar voters. The academy has responded to attacks on the documentary "Gasland," a critical look at natural gas drilling.... more »

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