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

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

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]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[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]

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]

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

March 2, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Natural Gas and Methane Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.[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]

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]

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]

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

February 6, 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]

Methane Mitigation Sector: EPA Actions Good for Industry, Will Curb Waste and Protect Communities

January 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Mitigation

A rising chorus of companies in the oil and gas services sector are raising their voices in support of the smart idea to limit vast waste of methane taking place every day in the nation’s the oil and gas operations. These companies in the methane mitigation industry are experts in finding and fixing methane waste.[read more]

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

January 22, 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]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 3: ISOs and RTOs

January 17, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Regulation Commentary Analysis

The EPA received 1.6 million comments on the Clean Power Plan. 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 3 covers the reaction of ISOs and RTOs.[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 9, 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]