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Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Efficiency and Price Moderation

EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills.[read more]

Proposed Clean Power Plan Would Accelerate Renewable Additions and Coal Plant Retirements

June 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Effects of the Clean Power Plan

The EPA's Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market and policy assumptions. The key difference across the various scenarios analyzed involves when and how wind and solar generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of coal generation capacity.[read more]

Kudos to Bipartisan Ideas for the Clean Power Plan

June 5, 2015 by Michael Tubman
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Debate over the proposed Clean Power Plan has been, not surprisingly, contentious and, unfortunately, partisan. With all the partisan rancor surrounding the plan, it was refreshing to see a bipartisan group of senators take a different approach.[read more]

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

June 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Carbon Plan and Legal Challenges

The Clean Power Plan will engender a fierce, protracted legal battle. Industry groups, together with states that are opposed to greenhouse gas regulation, have promised to use every legal device at their disposal to "gum up the works" for EPA.[read more]

While Oklahoma Just Says No, Other States Say, Maybe - and Move Toward Advanced Energy

June 4, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Oklahoma and State Energy Policies

A new report from the Iowa Wind Energy Association shows the state is on track to meet 52% of its final emission reduction target from projects that are being built and will be in service by 2016. The state could easily achieve 100% of its final target through wind energy alone.[read more]

How Might Clean Power Plan Impact Your Electricity Bill? German Situation May Offer Valuable Clues

June 3, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Electricity Costs and EPA Regulation

The US Energy Information Administration’s newly released analysis of the impacts of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan finds a mixture of technology, market forces and policy could result in a significant carbon emissions reductions if the rule is ultimately passed.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

June 2, 2015 by Tom Plant

Water and EPA Regulations

While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a report just released by the CNA Corporation identified another benefit that may end up being worth more than all the other impacts combined: water.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

May 29, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Power Generation and Water Consumption

Energy is a water intensive business. Thermal power plants need massive amounts of water for cooling. In Texas, during the most intense period of the recent drought, demand for water by energy sources rose 9% while the state’s reservoirs were at less than 50% of their capacity.[read more]

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EIA Details Utility Sector Impact of Clean Power Plan

May 28, 2015 by Andy Stone

Clean Power Plan and Generation Mix

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of the extent to which EPA’s plan will accelerate the decline of domestic coal fired generation, coal production, and provide a tail wind for natural gas and renewables.[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

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The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

Encouraging Energy Companies to Inform Their Investors About Risks They Face From Climate Regulation

April 30, 2015 by James Coleman
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Energy Company Regulation Risk Assessment

My recent study compared what oil companies told regulators and investorsthe effect of new regulations. They told the two audiences two very different stories. But what if energy company comments to the EPA are accurate? That companies really are terrified, but they’re just not telling their investors?[read more]

States Can Learn from Each Other On Carbon Pricing

April 28, 2015 by Kyle Aarons

Both power companies and states are starting to see real advantages to using carbon pricing. Such useful tools, like a cap-and-trade program for example, can greatly help to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.[read more]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

April 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Public Health and the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.[read more]

Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

April 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulators and the Clean Power Plan

There is no great disagreement that the United States energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring.[read more]