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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]

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EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

December 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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EPA Coal Ash Regulation and Utilities

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s EPA punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste which would have set stringent disposal requirements.[read more]

The Supreme Court's Hidden Climate Agenda

December 29, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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If you had to decide which air pollutant to regulate from the nation’s fleet of existing power plants: mercury - a toxic substance that adversely affects human health - or carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas that many scientists believe is contributing to climate change—which would you choose?[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]

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

December 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows renewable natural gas to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not cellulosic, but this helps the EPA to appear to be meeting their goals.[read more]