Emmissions & Environmental

  • Just a week after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission began relicensing nuclear power plants, environmental groups and several states are again suing to stop it.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this notice of data availability (NODA) in support of the proposed rule titled "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units," which was published on June 18, 2014.
  • Montgomery County issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group increased its ranking from 40th to 22nd among the top 100 national public and private purchasers of clean energy participating in Green Power Partnership.
  • The ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following news release:

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee , today released brief summaries of five EPW Republicans staff reports that take a hard look at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and matters of critical energy, environment and public policy concern.

  • Liberty Power, the nation's largest independent retail electric supplier, announced today that it will partner with leading domestic sugar producer, Florida Crystals, in its donation of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) for the 2014 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.
  • National Mining Association's President and CEO Hal Quinn called EPA's notice requesting alternatives to the agency's power plant rules a frank admission that the proposal is a glorious mess.
  • A new report by the Southwest Power Pool warns of dire short-term and long-term consequences, including power outages and blackouts, for 15 million consumers in nine states if the EPA imposes carbon dioxide emission restrictions on power plants.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register on September 25, 2014 , an extending the comment period for the proposed rule titled "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" by 45 days
  • Indianapolis Power & Light Company, or IPL, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, has filed its wastewater compliance plans with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following rule in the Federal Register.
  • Environment New Jersey issued the following news release:

    The New Jersey Senate voted today to override the Christie Administration on global warming, moving one step closer to stopping Gov. Christie's attempts to remove New Jersey from the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a popular program designed to clean up pollution from fossil fuel power plants.

  • Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas (22nd CD), issued the following op-ed: Many of us who grew up in Houston in the '70s can remember what it was like to try to see the skyline on smog-filled days - we couldn't. Cities like Houston, Los Angeles and even New York have at one time or another been draped in a blanket of man-made haze.
  • Really an Energy Policy

    Oct 26, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The carbon emissions rules advanced by the Obama administration will have wide-ranging effects that will require close study, according to Sue Kelly, American Public Power Association president and CEO. We recently talked with her at the association’s annual meeting.

  • State lawmakers will now have some say in how Pennsylvania meets new federal clean air regulations limiting carbon emissions from power plants.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a landmark rulemaking, which reduces the domestic production allowances for HCFC-22 at the lowest level ever and proposes a complete phase-out within five years.
  • A federal court ruled against ( http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/14-10-21%20OPINION.pdf ) conservation groups today, and allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to proceed with a plan that effectively exempts eight coal-fired power plants in Wyoming , Utah and New Mexico from federal requirements to reduce emissions of haze-causing sulfur dioxide (SO2) that pollutes national parks and wilderness areas.
  • Need Better Grid Integration

    Oct 19, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Small utilities may be too skeptical about the cyberthreats they face, according to Gary Stauffer, executive director of NMPP Energy. We talked with Stauffer in a roundtable at a recent gathering of the American Public Power Association.

  • The Power of Technology – and Need to Steer Policy

    Oct 12, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Utilities need to engage to make sure that carbon policy and other forces barreling down on their businesses are well thought out, according to Robert Rowe, NorthWestern Energy president and CEO. He recently talked with EnergyBiz at an industry gathering.

  • Chasing the Sun

    Lessons for U.S. Utilities from the German Energiewende
    Sep 18, 2014 | Jack Azagury

    Energiewende has become one of the most talked about topics in the utilities industry and perhaps one of the most notorious. It has also become the example of how not to do energy policy. And while this may be true in many respects, the strategy has been successful in certain areas, least of which is providing learnings for other countries.

  • APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity

    Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead.