Montana State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Establish Carbon Tax

Montana House Lawmaker Mary Dunwell, a Democrat, introduced legislation on Jan. 14 that would impose a carbon tax of $10 per metric ton on large emissions sources from 2020, increasing annually by $1, plus the rate of inflation. The bill would set an emissions reduction goal of 25 percent by 2035, and 50 percent by…

Pennsylvania Sets Emissions Reduction Goals in Line With Paris Climate Accord

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order on Jan. 8 requiring the state to work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. By setting goals in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement, Pennsylvania joins a growing number of states reacting to President…

New York State Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Establish Carbon Tax

New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a Democrat, introduced legislation on Jan. 2 that would impose a carbon tax of no less than $35 per ton on the distribution or sale of carbon-based fuels, increasing annually by $15 to a maximum of $185. Under the bill, 60 percent of the proceeds from the tax would be…

Trump’s EPA Trashes Global Benefits of Carbon Cuts in Repeal of Obama Climate Rule

In its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devalued the social cost of carbon (SCC) and disregarded the global benefits from the CPP. Following President Trump’s executive order rescinding the SCC, this approach could be used to revisit existing environmental rules. Despite the pushback on carbon pricing at the federal level, states are increasingly using the social cost of carbon as a metric to measure and reduce their climate impacts.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Trump’s EPA Trashes Global Benefits of Carbon Cuts in Repeal of Obama Climate Rule

In its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devalued the social cost of carbon (SCC) and disregarded the global benefits from the CPP. Following President Trump’s executive order rescinding the SCC, this approach could be used to revisit existing environmental rules. Despite the pushback on carbon pricing at the federal level, states are increasingly using the social cost of carbon as a metric to measure and reduce their climate impacts.

2017 State Legislative Action Calls for Greater Energy Diversity

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – State Legislation Update: 6/2017

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

U.S. States, Cities Commit to Paris Climate Accord After Trump Pullout

A coalition of 13 states joined by more than 200 mayors have expressed their commitment to uphold the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord. Climate efforts continues to shift to regional and state levels as demonstrated by the quick response from states and cities nationwide.

California Carbon Auction Results Reflect Lingering Market Volatility

Results of California’s February 2017 quarterly carbon auction continue to reflect overall market volatility over the past year, due to the ambiguity over the post-2020 cap-and-trade program and pending litigation over the program’s legality. A resolution of legal uncertainties and clarity over the future direction of the cap-and-trade program will increase market activity as participants perceive greater certainty.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – California Carbon Auction Results Reflect Lingering Market Volatility

Results of California’s February 2017 quarterly carbon auction continue to reflect overall market volatility over the past year, due to the ambiguity over the post-2020 cap-and-trade program and pending litigation over the program’s legality. A resolution of legal uncertainties and clarity over the future direction of the cap-and-trade program will increase market activity as participants perceive greater certainty.

EPA Updates Cross State Air Pollution Rule to Comply with Stricter 2008 Ozone Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update establishing new ozone season NOX emission budgets for electric generating units in 22 eastern states that impair downwind states’ ability to meet the 2008 ozone standard. The rule will be implemented through the existing ozone season NOX trading program starting from the 2017 ozone season (May through September).

Enerknol’s Visual Primer – EPA Updates Cross State Air Pollution Rule to Comply with Stricter 2008 Ozone Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update establishing new ozone season NOX emission budgets for electric generating units in 22 eastern states that impair downwind states’ ability to meet the 2008 ozone standard. The rule will be implemented through the existing ozone season NOX trading program starting from the 2017 ozone season (May through September).