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EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

September 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and the Clean Power Plan

The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, the EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged, Volume 10

August 25, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Energy Expert Interview

In a new study released at the summer conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney and Vice Presidents Paul Hibbard and Andrea Okie concluded that states are already well positioned to implement EPA’s Clean Power Plan.[read more]

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

August 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.[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]

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

August 13, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Biogas Roadmap

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard, the United States Department of Agriculture has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap to promote biogas as a valuable form of renewable energy.[read more]

New Biogas Rules in the RFS

August 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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New Biogas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel. They did this by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel.[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]

Setting State Carbon Pollution Targets

July 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

In June, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for fossil-fuel power plants. Since then, a bevy of pundits have been busy finding fault with various aspects of the proposal. For the most part, these critiques are off-base, failing to highlight the most important issues.[read more]

Will the EPA's New Carbon Rule Survive Judicial Challenge?

July 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Rules and Court Challenges

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).[read more]

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New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

July 14, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Carbon Regs and State Programs

To achieve regulatory compliance in the most cost effective manner the EPA advocates that States utilize flexible approaches. Will expanding existing ‘market based’ GHG reduction programs be a critical part of reducing future carbon emissions and reducing Consumers’ electricity bills?[read more]

Opportunity to Use Science to Establish Radiation Standards

July 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments from the general public and affected stakeholders about 40 CFR 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.[read more]

More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

July 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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A year ago, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books.[read more]

EPA's Green Power Partnership Program: Achieving 100% Clean Energy One Partner at a Time

June 26, 2014 by John Steller

EPA Green Power Programs

Innovative partnerships are vital in acheiving a 100% clean energy world. Specifically, cross-sector partnerships can provide the sometimes missing capital, the creative ideas, or the leverage that is needed to overcome large obstacles and difficulties.[read more]

EPA's New Power Sector Climate Rules: A Brewing Political and Legal Storm

June 4, 2014 by James Coleman
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed requiring all fifty states to adopt greenhouse gas controls for their existing power plants. And the EPA went further, proposing that, together, states would have to cut U.S. power sector emissions by 30% by 2030.[read more]

Two Cheers for President Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation

June 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, President Obama proposed regulations requiring significant reductions in greenhouse gases produced by each American state. Using 2005 as a baseline, states, will be required to achieve a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.[read more]