EPA RSS Feed

EPA will open #MATS rule for review despite utility objections

EPA will open MATS rule for review despite utility objections The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reconsider the justification behind the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a major Obama-era air regulation responsible for the closure of scores of coal power plants. The EPA will review the regulation’s emissions standards, as well as the agency’s … Continue reading EPA will open #MATS rule for review despite utility objections

Utilities join with #Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback

Utilities join with Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback Electric vehicles are a key area of growth for electric utilities, many of which have seen their power demand stagnate or decline since the 2008 recession. Charging an EV, experts say, typically doubles the electricity consumption of a small residential customer. But EV proponents … Continue reading Utilities join with #Tesla to sue EPA over fuel standard rollback

Trump EPA moves to roll back more rules on fuels pollution

Trump EPA moves to roll back more rules on fuels pollution WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment. The changes proposed by the Environmental … Continue reading Trump EPA moves to roll back more rules on fuels pollution

Decarbonizing The Economy

Decarbonizing The Economy The transition to a renewable resource-based economy should not be limited to energy but extend to all material goods; nevertheless, the most urgent transition must focus on energy. This will be a massive and complex endeavor, and its difficulty should not be underestimated. The transition depends on five key components, and I … Continue reading Decarbonizing The Economy

EPA HOSTS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE CLEAN POWER PLAN IN COAL COUNTRY

EPA HOSTS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE CLEAN POWER PLAN IN COAL COUNTRY AS THE TRUMP administration continues down its warpath to eliminate environmental protections, it found a perfect venue for a planetary funeral party: the heart of coal country. The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday concluded a two-day hearing on its plan to … Continue reading EPA HOSTS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE CLEAN POWER PLAN IN COAL COUNTRY

#Energy_markets see EPA climate rule’s survival ‘unlikely’

Energy markets see EPA climate rule’s survival ‘unlikely’ The two largest federally overseen electric markets with the largest amounts of coal said Monday that Obama-era climate regulations have met their match in the Trump administration. “Since its introduction as a proposed rule, the [Clean Power Plan] has garnered a significant amount of opposition, and the … Continue reading #Energy_markets see EPA climate rule’s survival ‘unlikely’

Renewable integration and direction of the US #electricity_markets

Renewable integration and direction of the US electricity markets The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan Rule (CPPR) to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants on August 3, 2015. The CPPR requires the current power fleet to cut CO2 emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The final … Continue reading Renewable integration and direction of the US #electricity_markets

#Cap-And-Trade Program Touted By EPA Is NOT Driving Down Emissions

Cap-And-Trade Program Touted By EPA Is NOT Driving Down Emissions A New England cap-and-trade system supported by the Environmental Protection Agency is not the driver behind falling carbon dioxide emission levels in those states, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Research published Tuesday. Nine New England states are voluntarily participating in the … Continue reading #Cap-And-Trade Program Touted By EPA Is NOT Driving Down Emissions

Regulators, System Operators, and Utilities Consider Reliability, Renewables, and EPA Regulations

Regulators, System Operators, and Utilities Consider Reliability, Renewables, and EPA Regulations David Boyd, VP of government and regulatory affairs for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), described the situation with multiple new federal regulations—from mercury and ash rules to the Clean Power Plan—as “a puzzle of sorts.” There are 14 GW of wind in MISO … Continue reading Regulators, System Operators, and Utilities Consider Reliability, Renewables, and EPA Regulations