regulation

Fatal Flaws In EPA's Latest Voluntary Methane Program Highlight Need For Concrete Rules

February 4, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Regulation

The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program unveiled last week by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a perfect example of what can go wrong when the agency tries too hard to entice an unwilling industry to engage.[read more]

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

February 3, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Whole Power Markets in 2016

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets.[read more]

Microbeads, Marine Debris, Regulation, and the Precautionary Principle

December 29, 2015 by Steven Cohen

A small, one could say, micro-sized miracle took place earlier this month as the United States Congress enacted the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015. This legislation requires that manufacturers remove the beads, largely used in cosmetics, from their products by July 2017.[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

Uses of Revenues from Carbon Pricing

November 17, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The introduction of carbon pricing is often accompanied by concerns about the effects on energy prices on lower income households. Rises in electricity prices to households due to pricing of power sector emissions are of concern even under schemes such as the EUETS which do not directly cover households.[read more]

RIP Incandescent Light Bulbs?

November 3, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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The Changing of the Bulbs

If light bulbs were power plants, the bulb in our basement would be a peaker – used very rarely but providing high value when called on. In addition to its 10 minutes of use around Halloween, it gets another 10 minutes before Christmas as I run down to the basement to grab the tree stand.[read more]

Revenue from Carbon Pricing

November 2, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The Pricing of and the Revenue from Carbon

Carbon pricing already raises over $20 billion worldwide. This has the potential to grow by an order of magnitude in the future. Just what to do with this money will be an increasingly important issue as more and more of these measures and regulations are adopted.[read more]

With Increased Regulation, Continued Decline in Residual Fuel Oil Demand is Expected

October 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Oil Demand Decline

Health and environmental concerns related to the high sulfur content of residual fuel oil (RFO) have led to new policies and regulations that have significantly lowered expectations for future RFO use globally. As the demand for RFO declines, the need for the refining upgrades will increase.[read more]

Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

September 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Export Restrictions and Effects

A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 15, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

The Climate Resilience Toolkit Is an Important Resource

December 2, 2014 by Joe Casola

Climate Resilience Toolkit

Anyone who needs to plan for future risks needs good information that’s easy to find and easy to use. The federal government took an important step to help managers plan for the impacts of climate change with the release this month of the Climate Resilience Toolkit.[read more]

Energy Department Authorizes Freeport LNG Exports

November 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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LNG Exports

The United States Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Shale Projects Lagging in Eastern Europe

October 29, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Eastern Europe and Shale

“Shale perspectives” in Eastern Europe are challenged by the delaying tactics of major industry players. Media coverage of shale gas development is positive but in Lithuania and Poland global oil and gas companies one by one drop bids to explore.[read more]