Supreme Court to Hear EPA MATS Rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether EPA unreasonably refused to consider cost factors in its MATS rulemaking process. On November 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted petitions to hear state and industry challenges against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) to decide whether EPA unreasonably refused to...

FERC Directs RTOs/ISOs to Review Fuel Assurance Plans

The FERC has directed RTOs/ISOs to identify fuel assurance issues relevant to their respective markets and file a report on the status of their efforts to address the issues. On November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTOs/ISOs) to file reports on...

U.S. and China Announce Post-2020 Emissions Reduction Targets

The U.S. and China have announced joint climate actions including new emissions reduction targets for the post-2020 period, ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Conference. On November 12, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping announced bilateral cooperation on climate action, including post-2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets.  The duo expects...

RGGI Highlights Benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal

RGGI’s comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal highlight the potential for state economic growth and clean energy innovation. On November 7, 2014, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) members – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont – released a report on their comments supporting the Environmental Protection...

DOE Announces Gasification Research Projects

The DOE has announced four research projects focused on advanced technologies to improve gasification systems for greater power generation efficiency and environmental performance. On November 6, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for four projects focused on next-generation gasification systems that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The research projects will develop technologies that...

Hyundai and Kia to Pay $100M for Clean Air Act Violations

The EPA has announced the largest penalty under the Clean Air Act, requiring automakers Hyundai and Kia to pay $100M for violating tailpipe GHG emission standards. On November 3, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations of Hyundai and Kia for...

Federal Agencies Unveil Sustainability and Climate Adaptation Plans

The White House has released federal agencies’ sustainability and climate plans outlining methods to incorporate energy and climate considerations into their decision-making. On October 31, 2014 – the fifth anniversary of the 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance – the White House released federal agencies’ sustainability and climate change adaptation plans, detailing...

Court Lifts Stay of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

A federal appeals court has lifted the stay of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule which addresses interstate transport of air pollution that affects downwind states’ ability to meet air quality standards. On October 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion to lift...