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EPA Methane Rule: A Good Start Toward Meeting Administration's Landmark Goal

August 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Methane Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a big step recently, announcing the nation’s first methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. But to understand the impact of these new draft rules, it’s important to look at what they do – and what they don’t.[read more]

DoE Proposes First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps with Support of Industry, Advocates

April 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Industrial Pumps and Regulatory Standards

The Department of Energy formally proposed the first-ever standards for commercial and industrial pumps, which are projected to produce up to $1.1 billion in net energy bill savings from pumps sold in the next 30 years and are supported by both industry and efficiency advocates.[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]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy

 

Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

EPA Proposes to Limit Cancer-Causing Toxic Air Pollution From Petroleum Refineries

May 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. The EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 million Americans live within 30 miles of a refinery, and many live near more than one.[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

March 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Water Act Loophole

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis shot if I fell into the nearby river.[read more]

Making Oil-by-Rail Safer

March 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The growth of North American oil production from unconventional sources has resulted in a dramatic expansion in the volume of crude oil shipped by rail. Unfortunately, as crude oil rail traffic has increased, so have rail accidents involving crude oil.[read more]

Clean Energy Regulator Releases 2014 STC Target

March 19, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) are the backbone of the Australian solar market and on Friday 14th of March, the Clean Energy Regulator announced this year’s target. At 18.6 Million STC’s the 2014 target represents 10.48% of electricity purchases.[read more]

Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem

February 20, 2014 by Robert Rapier

If you live in the Midwest, you are in the midst of a thriving ethanol industry. But the problem with that is that the Midwest does not actually control its own destiny when it comes to ethanol. That destiny is still controlled by the federal government.[read more]

Europe's New Emissions Goals

January 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

European Emissions Goals

The European Commission has recently recommended a set of new goals for its climate and energy policies. The actual centerpiece of this proposed policy is a forty percent reduction target for all of the member nations from 1990 levels.[read more]

EPA Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants Published for Public Comment

January 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power plants are the nation’s biggest source of the carbon pollution that is dangerously changing our climate. We have standards for bad pollutants like mercury and those that cause soot and smog, but there are still no federal limits on the carbon pollution that power plants belch out each year.[read more]

California's Grid Takes Two Big Steps To Add More Renewables And EVs

January 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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California Grid

California already leads the United States in most measures of the clean energy economy, but two new initiatives by the state’s grid operator could ensure the Golden State’s electricity system can handle far more renewables, electric vehicles, and power demand.[read more]