FOSSIL FUELS

2014 NY State of the State: Energy and Climate

Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State agenda includes new clean energy and climate initiatives with a grid resiliency and distributed generation focus. In his State of the State (SOS) address on January 8, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reaffirmed his commitment to clean energy, proposing significant initiatives to address energy and…...

EPA Publishes Proposed Emissions Standards for New Power Plants

EPA has published its long-anticipated proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards for new power plants, setting separate limits for new coal- and natural gas-fired plants. On January 8, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed New Source Performance Standards to regulate CO2 emissions from new fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs).  EPA also published…...

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…...

Bipartisan Budget Act Foreshadows an Energy Emphasis in 2014

On December 10, 2013, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposed the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act, a two-year budget agreement that would provide $63B in sequester relief and reduce the fiscal deficit by $20B to $23B. Overview Lawmakers now have several weeks to appropriate the budget…...

Record Progress in Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production

An EIA report shows that Pennsylvania is the fastest growing natural gas producing state, advancing from seventh to third rank between 2011 and 2012. On December 17, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report highlighting significant progress in Pennsylvania’s marketed natural gas production, which increased by 72 percent from 2011-2012. The report draws…...

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…...

Market Implications of Colorado Natural Gas Policies

In November, three Colorado cities approved hydraulic fracturing bans, and the state is now proposing new regulations governing methane emissions from oil and gas development. Overview In November 2013, the cities of Boulder, Broomfield, and Fort Collins each approved a five-year moratorium on the natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing. At the same time,…...

DOE Solicits Advanced Fossil Energy Project Proposals

DOE has released an $8B loan guarantee solicitation to finance innovative and advanced fossil energy projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On December 12, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) launched its $8B loan guarantee program, soliciting applications to finance projects that employ innovative or significantly improved fossil energy technologies, such as advanced resource development,…...

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…...