EPA Issues Final Geologic Sequestration Regulations

EPA has issued final Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations to conditionally exclude carbon dioxide (CO2) streams in geologic sequestration activities from the definition of hazardous waste. On January 3, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final revisions for hazardous waste management under RCRA to conditionally exclude CO2 streams from the definition of...

DOE Announces New Set-Top Box Efficiency Standards

New set-top box efficiency standards are expected to save more than $1B on annual consumer energy bills. On December 23, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced non-regulatory efficiency standards to improve pay-television set-top box efficiency by 10 to 45 percent by 2017.  The agreement, developed in coordination with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),...

EIA Projects Strong Growth in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production

EIA’s latest Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) projects a 56 percent increase in natural gas production by 2040, overtaking coal as the largest share of U.S. electric power generation. On December 16, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the AEO 2014 Early Release Overview presenting updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040.  The AEO...

EPA Report: Model Year 2012 Vehicles Achieve Record High Fuel Economy

EPA’s annual report on average fuel economy shows that MY 2012 vehicles achieved record-high fuel economy and record-low carbon emissions.   On December 12, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its annual report on average fuel economy, emissions, and powertrain technology of new U.S. personal vehicles, including passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, minivans, pickup...

Massachusetts Finalizes Emissions Regulations

Massachusetts has finalized RGGI regulation amendments to implement a new emissions cap of 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. On December 9, 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued final amendments to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Pursuant to the RGGI Updated Model Rule...

RGGI States Comment on EPA’s Power Plant Regulations

RGGI states have recommended that EPA develop a market-based emissions reduction program based on RGGI model success. On December 2, 2013, members of environmental and energy agencies within the nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions regulations for existing power...

New Study: U.S. Methane Emissions Higher than EPA Estimates

A new study finds that U.S. methane emissions are highly underestimated by current studies. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on November 25, 2013 found that U.S. methane emissions could be 50 percent higher than current estimates.  Specifically, nationwide anthropogenic methane emissions are likely to be 1.5 times...

CARB Approves First Forestry Carbon Offset Credits

California has issued the first carbon offset credits under its Forestry Protocol, enabling cap-and-trade entities to use forestry projects to offset emissions. On November 13, 2013, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced approval of the first carbon offset credits under the cap-and-trade forestry protocol.  CARB issued 1.2 million offset credits to Willits Woods, a...

Massachusetts Tops ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard shows increasing state adoption of energy efficiency measures to save energy costs, spur innovation, and promote growth. On November 6, 2013, ACEEE released its 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report, ranking states on energy efficiency policy and program efforts, and providing...