Impact of Well Completion Rule to Determine Future EPA Regulations

On September 23, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its 2012 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule, which indirectly regulates fugitive methane emissions at the production phase of oil and natural gas development. Overview EPA will use outcome data from the NSPS NESHAP rule to determine...

DOE Lab Study Addresses California’s 2050 GHG Goals

A new analysis shows that California needs significant policy and technology changes to meet its 2050 GHG reduction target. On November 4, 2013, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report analyzing the impact of existing policies and technologies on California’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets.  The state’s GHG reduction initiatives aim to reduce...

Three U.S. States Sign Climate Pact with Canadian Province

California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have agreed to strategically align their climate and clean energy policies. On October 28, 2013, Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington and the Premier of Canadian Province British Columbia signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy to align their climate and clean energy policies, pursuant to...

Impact of Emissions Rule will Determine Methane Regulations

On September 23, the EPA updated its 2012 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule, which indirectly regulates fugitive methane emissions at the production phase of oil and natural gas development. Data from the rule will determine whether the EPA will directly regulate methane from oil and...

EPA Reports U.S. Power Plant Emissions Decline

EPA’s latest GHG emissions data show that power plant emissions declined by 10 percent between 2010 and 2012 due to increased natural gas use. On October 23, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) released its third annual report detailing facility-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data from large industrial sources across...

U.S. Carbon Emissions Drop to Lowest Levels Since 1994

2012 EIA data show that U.S. energy-related emissions dropped to lowest levels since 1994 due to a decline in energy consumption and overall carbon intensity. On October 21, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its 2012 report on U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  The report, derived from EIA’s monthly energy data, highlighted that 2012...

Draft Update to AB 32 Scoping Plan

Earlier this month, California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a draft Update to the Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) Scoping Plan, describing the progress made towards objectives and defining priorities and activities to reduce emissions. Overview AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, created a...

Supreme Court to Determine EPA Authority over Standing Source Emissions

On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations for motor vehicles should also result in regulations for stationary sources. The Court’s decision could have direct implications for the EPA’s rulemaking on future power plants and would affect President Obama’s timetable for existing plants and...

OECD Report Prioritizes Carbon Pricing to Tackle Climate Change

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a report discussing the central role of carbon pricing for effective climate policy.    On October 9, 2013, the OECD released a report discussing policy measures that governments must prioritize to tackle climate change.  The report calls for credible and consistent carbon pricing to cost-effectively...