EMISSIONS

NASA Releases 2013 Global Temperature Data

NASA’s 2013 global temperature data show continued long-term climate warming trend with atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) at its highest level in 800,000 years. On January 21, 2014, the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York released a report analyzing 2013 global surface temperatures.  The report showed that the…...

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…...

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…...

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…...