Coal Power

EPA Rule Flexible, Yet Tough For Some Coal-Reliant States

The EPA stressed State flexibility in its Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030. Overview On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its Clean Power Plan to set carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants and emission standards for modified and reconstructed power plants. The proposal is key…...

Domestic Energy Production Meets 84 Percent of 2013 U.S. Consumption

Domestic energy production supplied 84 percent of U.S. demand in 2013, with natural gas representing the largest domestically produced resource for the third consecutive year. On June 2, 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report showing that 2013 U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) and met 84 percent of…...

EPA Proposes Emission Guidelines For Existing Power Plants

EPA has released its Clean Power Plan proposal, outlining the first emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, with a goal to reduce power sector emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan proposal to address greenhouse gas emissions…...

New York Is First To Tackle Grid Modernization With REV

The New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative aims to answer the question of how to proceed with New York’s energy future in the face of aging electric generating plants and the need for a more resilient energy infrastructure. Overview The initiative – announced by Governor Cuomo in April 2014 – tasks the…...

New FERC and EPA Regulations will Impact Cost and Security of Electricity Supply

Since the turn of the century, increased scrutiny has been placed on the U.S. electric grid. The threat of weather disruption, physical and cyber-attacks, and decreased regional power generation capacity due to emissions regulations are key factors framing the debate over how to achieve power security and supply. Overview In 2012, Hurricane Sandy exposed electric…...

Supreme Court Reinstates Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Supreme Court upheld EPA’s air pollution rule that regulates cross-border emissions of 28 upwind states to address downwind states’ compliance with air quality standards. On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), reversing an August 2012 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals…...

Court Upholds EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

A federal appeals court upheld EPA’s regulation to limit emissions of mercury and hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. On April 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam…...

Memoranda of Understanding Aim to Increase Transparency of Energy Market Oversight

On January 2, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission officially entered into two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU). The MOUs will provide solutions for overlapping jurisdiction and sharing information of mutual interest. Overview On March 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced…...

DOE Releases Strategic Plan 2014-2018

DOE has released a five-year Strategic Plan outlining priorities to address the nation’s energy, security, economic, and environmental challenges. On April 7, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 to advance its mission of enhancing U.S. security and economic growth through transformative science, technology, and market solutions to address energy,…...

California Cap and Trade Program Strong after First Year of Operation

On February 19, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its sixth carbon allowance auction. Auction results over the first year show that compliance entities are becoming more comfortable with program and that investor market confidence is growing. Similarly, a secondary allowance market is also developing as market confidence grows. Overview The California Air…...

Q1 2014 RGGI Auction Indicates Renewed Northeast Carbon Market

On March 4, 2014, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held the first carbon allowance auction under the new Model Rule. Auction prices reached record levels and high market participation and allowance demand exhausted the 5 million allowance Cost Containment Reserve. Overview The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first mandatory market-based cap-and-trade…...