Emmissions & Environmental

  • 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.
  • In a 49-page comment dated Oct. 14, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission made it's position very clear to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency that if the EPA's Clean Power Plan is approved in the form it was presented earlier this year, the costs would be to great for Virginians to bear.
  • Regulators in Texas and New Mexico discussed Thursday the growing conflict between the federal and state governments.
  • The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news release: The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) submitted comments today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from "modified and reconstructed" power plants.
  • National Grid would complete an estimated $6.5 million environmental cleanup of polluted soil and ground water at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Superfund site on Excelsior Avenue under a proposed settlement announced Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The Pennsylvania State House Republican Caucus issued the following news release on the behalf of Pennsylvania State Rep. Bryan Cutler: Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) is calling on the governor to sign into law House Bill 2354, which was approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
  • The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity issued the following news release: New analysis from NERA Economic Consulting ( http://americaspower.org/sites/default/files/NERA_CPP%20Report_Final_Oct%202014.pdf ) projects significant negative economic impacts resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "Clean Power Plan" to regulate CO2 emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
  • The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release: Today, Governor McAuliffe is expected to outline his vision for a "New Economy of Virginia" through implementation of the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan.
  • Environment America issued the following news release: A total of 540 solar industry leaders from hundreds of businesses issued a letter ( http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/Solar%20Industry%20Leaders%20Letter.pdf ) to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.
  • Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson want the federal government to abandon a new environmental rule to protect streams and wetlands that harbor wildlife but which get in the way of development.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a landmark rulemaking today, which reduces the domestic production allowances for HCFC-22 at the lowest level ever and proposes a complete phase-out within five years. HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, are a class of refrigerants that are damaging to the ozone layer, and contribute to global warming.
  • The UK will miss a key legallybinding energy emissions target in 2050 unless it builds a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station every three years, the former environment secretary Owen Paterson MP claimed last night.
  • The ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following news release:

    The Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans today released emails between top officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including Gina McCarthy , and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which demonstrate the very close working relationship between the two organizations to develop the carbon rule - dating back to 2011 - two years before EPA has said the public had an opportunity to provide input.

  • 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. 

  • Research is Critical

    Jul 06, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    We recently discussed the status of coal generation research with Tomasz S. Wiltowski, the director of the Coal Research Center at Southern Illinois University. His edited comments follow.