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Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

August 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Flood Standards

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched in horror as the flood waters spread.[read more]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

Move Over Mandates: Can a New 'Personal Energy Independence' Bill Entice Congress?

May 15, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Independence Legislation

Federal policy proposals in support of clean energy are often controversial, relying mostly on mandates or targets that trouble free-market conservatives. But could a new bill based on consumer choice and market fairness change the framework for supporting distributed generation at the federal level?[read more]

New Federal Flood Protection Standards Will Prepare Nation for Climate Change

May 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Preparing for Climate Change

Three months ago the President signed an executive order that updated flood protection standards that federal agencies use when deciding where to build, how to build, and what projects should receive federal funding. The executive order established an improved margin of safety.[read more]

New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides, and a Lawsuit

March 24, 2015 by Christina Nunez

Government Fracking Rules and Reaction

No sooner had the Interior Department released new regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on about 756 million acres of federal and Indian land than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”[read more]

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

March 23, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans.[read more]

Clean Power Plan is a Manageable Challenge

March 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Much has been made of the recent catalog of challenges states face in complying with the Clean Power Plan emission reduction requirements. To listen to many critics, meaningfully reducing CO2 emissions from the electricity sector is a nearly impossible task and an untenable reliability risk. But is it really?[read more]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[read more]

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

March 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Federal Rules and Pollution

Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and communities, and it is important to understand the extent of this pollution and where it comes from.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]

The Social Cost of Stagnation: A Call for FERC Action

October 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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FERC and the Cost of Inaction

FERC is charged by law with ensuring wholesale rates and other critical aspects of the electricity industry, such as transmission practices, are “just and reasonable.” Yet FERC’s official policy is to exclude environmental considerations from its regulation of the industry. Why?[read more]

Minimum Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors will Soon Increase

October 3, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Motor Efficiency Standards

For more than three decades the efficiency of new motors has been regulated by federal law. Beginning in mid-2016, an updated standard established this year by the United States Department of Energy for electric motors will once again increase the minimum efficiency of new motors.[read more]

Finally, Good News Out of Washington: IRS Clarifies Tax Credit; Court Upholds FERC Order

August 24, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

The past couple weeks brought two federal regulatory victories for the advanced energy industry. On August 8, the IRS released new guidelines for projects to qualify for the renewable energy production tax credit. On August 15, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed the FERC's Order 1000.[read more]