Emmissions & Environmental

  • Federal regulators are taking their fight with Texas over pollution from coal-fired power plants to an unlikely new front: Big Bend National Park.
  • The Kansas Attorney General issued the following news release: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today filed a formal objection to proposed new EPA regulations for carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.
  • Missouri should have more time to reach carbon dioxide reduction targets called for in proposed federal rules, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in comments on the regulations obtained by the Post-Dispatch.
  • Clean-energy interests on Monday jumped into a Minnesota-North Dakota appellate court battle, hoping to reverse a federal court ruling that tossed out a 2007 Minnesota ban on new coal-fired electricity generation.
  • The EPA has received a final EIS (Doc. No. 20140330) for comments on the West Eugene Wetlands Resource Management Plan, in Oregon. Contact Panchita Paulete at 541/683-6976 by Dec. 22.
  • An Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says the Animas Power Plant in Farmington is violating the Clean Water Act -- a claim that city officials dispute.
  • The office of Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to support EPA's comprehensive clean power plan while urging EPA to adopt methodology that would be more equitable.
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists issued the following statement by Rachel Cleetus: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) will unveil legislation today that would impose a fee on carbon emissions--a measure the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) called a common-sense solution to one of the biggest problems facing the country.
  • The House of Representatives today approved the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012).
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon rule is the latest in a series of regulations alongside rising natural gas prices that will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study released today by Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc.
  • Environmental Protection Agency officials have not yet said whether two Farmington power plants are violating federal laws.
  • Public Citizen issued the following news release: When President Barack Obama succeeded in reaching an historic agreement between the U.S. and China last week at the APEC summit in Beijing, Secretary of State John Kerry called it "the most consequential agreement" in the world's most consequential relationship.
  • As Japan pledges up to US$1.5 billion and the United States up to US$3 billion to the UN Green Climate Fund, a study recommends ways that China can reconcile economic growth and emissions targets.
  • A coal company in Eastern Kentucky has resumed filing false water-pollution reports despite being caught cheating on previous reports that concealed widespread violations, environmental groups have charged.
  • Rhode Island’s Roberti

    Nov 16, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    States are now putting together their strategies for complying with unprecedented federal mandates addressing greenhouse gases. Paul Roberti, a member of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, discussed the challenge with EnergyBiz at a recent gathering of regulators.

  • Missouri’s Kenney

    Nov 09, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    State regulators are closely watching the roll out of new federal carbon emissions rules as well changes in utilities’ business strategies. EnergyBiz recently discussed these issues with Robert S. Kenney, chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission, at a gathering of regulators.

  • 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.

  • 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.