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Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

Encouraging Energy Companies to Inform Their Investors About Risks They Face From Climate Regulation

April 30, 2015 by James Coleman
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Energy Company Regulation Risk Assessment

My recent study compared what oil companies told regulators and investorsthe effect of new regulations. They told the two audiences two very different stories. But what if energy company comments to the EPA are accurate? That companies really are terrified, but they’re just not telling their investors?[read more]

States Can Learn from Each Other On Carbon Pricing

April 28, 2015 by Kyle Aarons

Both power companies and states are starting to see real advantages to using carbon pricing. Such useful tools, like a cap-and-trade program for example, can greatly help to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.[read more]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

April 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Public Health and the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.[read more]

Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

April 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulators and the Clean Power Plan

There is no great disagreement that the United States energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring.[read more]

Do Corporations Cry Wolf?: Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators With What They Tell Investors

April 7, 2015 by James Coleman
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Corporations Crying Wolf on Regulations?

It’s often said that corporations, “Cry Wolf,” falsely predicting that rules will be very costly. So when industry says that new regulations such as the Clean Power Plan will be unworkable, many suggest that regulators should just ignore those warnings. But the problem with crying wolf is that there are real wolves.[read more]

Legal Debate on EPA's Power Plan Takes Center Stage

April 1, 2015 by James Coleman
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EPA Regulation and Legal Debate

For the past two weeks, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” for power sector carbon emissions has been the center of an ongoing debate between some of the nation’s foremost constitutional and environmental law scholars.[read more]

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

April 1, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Regulation and Utility Pressure

After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.[read more]

Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

March 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Carbon Pollution Standards

The EPA is working on the Clean Power Plan – the first national carbon pollution standards for power plants. It is critical that EPA finalize carbon pollution standards for the power sector that include protective, well-designed standards beginning in 2020.[read more]

Clean Power Plan is a Manageable Challenge

March 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Much has been made of the recent catalog of challenges states face in complying with the Clean Power Plan emission reduction requirements. To listen to many critics, meaningfully reducing CO2 emissions from the electricity sector is a nearly impossible task and an untenable reliability risk. But is it really?[read more]

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]

Power Can Be Both Clean and Reliable

March 19, 2015 by Doug Vine
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A number of analysts have raised concerns that the proposed Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing power plant carbon emissions, could threaten the reliability of electric power. But a closer look at the U.S. power system and the safeguards in place suggests that these reliability issues are manageable.[read more]

Clean Power Plan vs. Reliability: A False Dilemma for States

March 4, 2015 by Caitlin Marquis
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States and the Clean Power Plan

Ever since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed regulation might jeopardize the reliability of our electricity system. Reliability has become a key policy talking-point, and for good reason: Nobody wants to see the lights go off.[read more]

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]