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PJM: Regional Cooperation Leads to Lower Costs and Enhanced Reliability

March 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Electrical Grid Reliability

Regional grid operator PJM, the regional transmission organization (RTO) with responsibility and authority to coordinate the efficient movement of electricity, has concluded that cooperation with other states is the best way for states to meet their pollution reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

March 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Federal Rules and Pollution

Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and communities, and it is important to understand the extent of this pollution and where it comes from.[read more]

Stronger Ozone Standards will Safeguard the Health of the Most Vulnerable

February 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The EPA is taking action to strengthen limits to ozone pollution from the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to somewhere between 60 and 70 ppb. Medical and public health organizations have voiced their concern that the current standard is not safe, and are urging the EPA to adopt a 60 ppb standard.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We Don't Think Additional Regulation is Needed at this Time"

January 21, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Regulation Proposal and Reaction

The Obama administration announced plans earlier this week to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This announcement resulted in the usual chorus of applause and grumbles from environmentalists and the energy industry, respectively.[read more]

Emissions Policy: Ten Years of the EU ETS

January 20, 2015 by David Hone

A Decade of the EU ETS

This month the EU Emissions Trading System is ten years old. There were those who said it wouldn’t last. Yet it stays with us, continues to be the bedrock of the EU policy to manage emissions and is now likely to receive a significant overhaul in time for 2020 when a new global deal on climate change should kick-in.[read more]

Market Stability Reserve Not Sufficient to Reform EU ETS, Next Step Emissions Performance Standards? [VIDEO]

January 16, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Regulation and Standards

Sonja van Renssen, joined by Jos Delbeke (Director General for Climate Action at the European Commission), Bas Eickhout MEP (shadow rapporteur for the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal) and Anders Marvik (VP of Statoil EU Affairs), debate: “ETS Market Stability Reserve: competitiveness vs. climate?”[read more]

On the Meaning of Existence (and Power Plant Emissions)

December 17, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Emissions and Existence

We don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this post, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards).[read more]

History 101: Pollution Rules Good for Economy and Pocketbooks

November 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Pollution and Regulatory Benefits

The benefits of the Clean Air Act and its amendments, which have been around since 1970 and 1990, have outweighed costs 30 to 1. In fact, EPA estimates that in 2020, the Clean Air Act amendments will prevent 230,000 early deaths. The monetized benefits are expected to approach $2 trillion by 2020.[read more]

Many Roads, One Destination: Action on Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas

November 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Emissions Action

We have enough data to act, and the solutions are clear and achievable today. The EPA has the authority to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas and considering the numerous benefits, we can’t wait to address this threat to our economy, our health, and our climate.[read more]

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Action on Methane

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

September 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Iowa and the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced).[read more]

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

August 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

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Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

July 23, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation.[read more]

New EPA Rules to Come Out June 2, New Report on Technologies for Carbon Reduction

May 23, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

EPA and GHG Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop its first greenhouse gas performance standards for new and existing power plants. These standards could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]