Coal Power

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…...

United Nations Climate Change Report: Implications for U.S. Energy Policy

On September 30, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Report on climate change, the latest installment in a series of reports examining global warming. The report for Policymakers was released September 27.  Overview The IPCC report concluded with 95 percent confidence that human activity is contributing to climate…...

House Energy Hearing Continues Debate over EPA Rules for Stationary Sources

On September 18, the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony from EPA and DOE officials on the Obama Administration’s climate change policies and continued the debate over the requirement to require Carbon Capture and Sequestration technologies in future sources. On September 20, the EPA released its draft rule to set national emissions limits on…...

States Spell Out EPA’s Overreaching Coal-Fueled Power Plant Regulations

A Subcommittee report spells out states’ perspective on EPA’s planned regulations for coal-fueled power plants, underscoring that EPA is poised to exceed its authority.   On September 13, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) released a whitepaper explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is…...

EIA Releases 2013 International Energy Outlook

EIA projects a 56 percent growth in world energy consumption by 2040, driven by economic growth in emerging countries.  Over its 2010-2040 projection period, renewables and nuclear are the fastest-growing sources, though fossil fuels continue to supply 80 percent of energy consumption. On July 25, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its 2013 International…...

House Panel Votes to Restrain Major EPA Rules

The Energy Consumers Relief Act, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would prevent EPA from finalizing major energy-related rules without DOE approval.   On July 17, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved three energy-related bills – H.R. 1582, H.R. 1900, and H.R. 83 – aimed to promote economic growth and energy…...

DOE Examines Climate Change Impact on Energy Sector

DOE released a report examining the impacts of climate change on the nation’s energy and electricity infrastructure, including an assessment of ongoing efforts and potential opportunities to improve the energy sector’s climate resilience.   On July 11, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report examining current and future impacts of climate change on…...