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Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

February 25, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Could the reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is implemented as written? This is the conclusion of various independent system operators.[read more]

Advanced Energy: It's Kind of a Big (Business) Deal

February 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Business

Advanced energy is a big deal. Or, the industry is full of big business deals being made. First Solar partnered with Apple, Tesla sees stellar growth ahead, and a new report released by The Brattle Group confirms what most of us suspected – that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not threaten the reliability of the grid.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Failure to Invest in Climate Solutions ... is Fiscally Unwise'

February 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Climate Solution Investment

President Obama’s proposed budget for 2016 invests heavily in his agenda to combat climate change. The proposal would increase the budget of the EPA with an emphasis on enactment of the Clean Power Plan to slash greenhouse gases from existing power plants.[read more]

Republican States: Think Twice Before Rejecting the EPA's Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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EPA, Electricity Prices, and State Politics

Republican governors and legislators will be raising your electric rates soon, according to an economic study commissioned by the National Mining Association and various other industry groups. But only if they refuse to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 5: Industry and Environmental Groups

January 28, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments from Interest Groups

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This final post analyzes the comments from industry and environmental groups.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 4: Utilities

January 21, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments by Utility Interests

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This is the fourth post analyzing those comments, and it covers comments from major utilities and utility groups.[read more]

Michigan's New Year’s Resolution: Lose 21 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Pollution

January 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

In 2015, the EPA will finalize the Clean Power Plan that will require Michigan to reduce its carbon dioxide pollution by 31%, or approximately 21 million metric tons, below 2012 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan comes just a year after another transformative EPA rule, the Mercury Air and Toxic Standards.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 2: States

January 14, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Public Comment Analysis

The EPA received 1.6 million comments on the Clean Power Plan. By one estimate 71 people working eight hours a day would take from now until June to read them all. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. Part 2 covers comments from state officials.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 1: State and Federal Regulator Associations

January 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

An Overview of Comments on Regulation

The EPA received more than 1.6 million comments on the Clean Power Plan. By one estimate 71 people working eight hours a day would take from now until June to read them all. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them.[read more]

Texas Grid Regulator Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 25, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and the Clean Power Plan

Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[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]

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

December 14, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and State Political Support

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan.[read more]

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now 46 percent lower than the EPA estimated in its draft proposal this summer.[read more]

Relying More on Smarter Energy Use Will Strengthen Limits on Carbon Pollution, Lower Costs

December 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Smarter Energy Use

While the Environment Protection Agency plan to cut that dangerous pollution would let states use energy efficiency to help meet their emissions reductions targets, it doesn’t take into account nearly enough of the energy savings that are possible without sacrificing our comfort or economy.[read more]