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The EPA's Clean Power Plan 'Victory' Isn't The Slam Dunk It Seems To Be

June 12, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

Clean Power Plan Problems?

The EPA is probably feeling pretty good about itself after its big climate “win” in federal court on Tuesday. A three-judge, conservative-leaning panel dismissed various state and industry challenges to the legality of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. But is a larger problem for the plan on the horizon?[read more]

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

June 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

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]

EPA's Blown Call on Ethanol

June 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Last Friday the US Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited proposal for untangling a broken federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Although it provides all parties with greater certainty, it fails to resolve the regulation's fundamental flaws.[read more]

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Infrastructure and Cleaner Waterways

Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.[read more]

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked in 2013: An Isolated Event or New Trend?

April 29, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Greenhouse Gas Spike and Trends

The EPA has just released its US Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for the time period of 1990-2013. The results from 2013 are one of the key findings from the inventory that will likely make climate change activists take special notice ahead of COP 21 in Paris at the end of the year.[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]

Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas are on the Rise, Confirm Latest EPA Data

April 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methae Emissions Rise

Methane emissions from the US oil and gas sector increased, according to new data finalized today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sadly, the figures come as no surprise, based on preliminary numbers and plenty of other observations, both scientific and anecdotal.[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "I Don't Think Any One Issue is a Disaster for the Climate"

April 8, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Keystone and Climate Impacts


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy commented Monday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not spell inherent doom for the planet. McCarthy was asked about the climate impact of Keystone XL at an event hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen.[read more]

The EPA's Mercury Rule Will Cost The Economy At Least $16 Billion Per Year

April 6, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

The Environmental Protection Agency says its new Mercury and Air Toxics Standard—the legality of which is before the U.S. Supreme Court this term—will produce $24 to $80 billion in net economic benefits to U.S. citizens by improving their health. But has the EPA doctored its benefit figures?[read more]

Legal Debate on EPA's Power Plan Takes Center Stage

April 1, 2015 by James Coleman

EPA Regulation and Legal Debate

For the past two weeks, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” for power sector carbon emissions has been the center of an ongoing debate between some of the nation’s foremost constitutional and environmental law scholars.[read more]

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

April 1, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Regulation and Utility Pressure

After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.[read more]

Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

March 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Carbon Pollution Standards

The EPA is working on the Clean Power Plan – the first national carbon pollution standards for power plants. It is critical that EPA finalize carbon pollution standards for the power sector that include protective, well-designed standards beginning in 2020.[read more]