Rob Nikolewski is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. He is based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, New Mexico, Texas  /  No Comments

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Oil and gas officials are concerned that a review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may include species that live near drilling sites.

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Fisker is back, but taxpayer money is not

By   /  July 2, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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Electric car company Fisker is returning to the market but there’s no indication that taxpayers will recoup the $139 million in loans that were lost.

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Is Supreme Court EPA ruling no big deal or something much larger?

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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There’s plenty of discussion about the implications of the Supreme Court ruling against the EPA on Monday.

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As Ohio renewable debate rages, study predicts electricity hit of $1.92 billion by 2026

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, News, Ohio, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A recent study claims keeping Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards will cost $1.92 billion by 2026.

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Ruffled feathers: Larger wind turbines bad news for birds, groups say

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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The U.S. Department of Energy wants to see bigger wind turbines built across the country, but the American Bird Conservancy says that would mean more birds will be killed.

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Company that got millions from U.S. taxpayers now profits Chinese owners

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Michigan, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Battery company A123 expects to turn a profit for the first time this year but that doesn’t mean that taxpayers will see any of it

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