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Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[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]

EPA's State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

August 15, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

State Regulations

In June, the EPA announced standards to limit carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels.[read more]

Momentum Builds Behind Utility 2.0: Will Minnesota Be the Next State to Reform Utilities?

August 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Reforming Utilities by State

Aside from hosting a majority of the nation's wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the electricity sector.[read more]

Energy Production and Other Mining Account for a Large Percentage of Some State Economies

August 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Energy and State Economies

At the national level, establishments that extract crude oil and natural gas as well as naturally occurring mineral solids accounted for about 2% of the U.S. economy last year. In some states, though, the mining sector accounts for a much larger share of the economy.[read more]

New Report on EPA's Carbon Rule: States Have the Power to Contain Costs, Maximize Benefits

July 28, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

EPA Rules and State Powers

In June 2014, the EPA released its proposed carbon emissions rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. Taking center stage in this proposal are the states, which are given the flexibility to determine their way of complying with the new regulatory requirements.[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]

North Carolina Off to a Great Start to meet EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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North Carolina and New EPA Rules

For North Carolina, the new EPA rules require that the state reduce its CO2 emission rates from the electric sector by 40% between 2012 and 2030. NC is already is well under way to meeting these reductions due to policies that clean up power plants and increase generation from clean sources.[read more]

The Yoga Theorem

June 6, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

As far as standards are concerned, there is a lot to like about the new EPA rule. Each state has a target spelled out in terms of pounds of CO2 per MWH. Instead of prescribing what states have to do to meet these standards, there are a number of mechanisms designed to help states meet their targets.[read more]

Let the Confusion Begin: States' Carbon Cuts Will Vary Widely

June 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

States and EPA Rule Reactions

The new EPA rules call for the power sector to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 emissions levels, but the reductions will take place between the base measurement year of 2012 and the deadline of 2030. Three states will have to have a percentage reduction of more than 50 percent.[read more]

EPA Rule Context: Recent Trends in Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Vary Across Regions and States

June 4, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State and Regional Emissions Trends

Between 2005 and 2011, all four Census regions—West, South, Midwest, and Northeast—experienced emissions declines, with the Northeast experiencing larger emissions reductions than the other regions. Underlying state-level emissions changes spanned an even wider range.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?: Part II

May 8, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

States and Renewables

Two Federal courts of appeal are currently considering whether incentives for new generation provided by New Jersey and Maryland are preempted by Federal regulation of PJM’s wholesale markets. Decisions in these cases will have implications for States’ renewable energy policies.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?

April 22, 2014 by Ari Peskoe
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Renewable Energy and States

State policies and legislation promoting the deployment of renewable energy have played important roles in the rapid growth of wind and solar energy. But over the past few years, those policies are increasingly being challenged as unconstitutional.[read more]

Five States and the Gulf of Mexico Produce More than 80% of U.S. Crude Oil

April 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

States and Crude Oil Production

Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA's March Petroleum Supply Monthly.[read more]

Which States Win And Which States Lose On The Production Tax Credit?

December 14, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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State Tax Credits

It may seem ironic, considering Republican-led opposition to the incentive, but Texas, Iowa, North Dakota, and Oklahoma earned hundreds of millions more in revenue from the Production Tax Credit in 2012 than they paid into it through taxes.[read more]