New York Proposes Regulations to Strengthen RGGI Emissions Cap

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on April 29 proposed regulations to advance the state’s portion of the 30 percent emissions cap reduction from 2021 to 2030, under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, which established the nation’s first regional program to cap and reduce power sector emissions. Following the program update,...

States, Environmental Groups Challenge FERC Order on PJM Capacity Market Rules

New Jersey and Maryland filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s order directing PJM Interconnection LLC to extend the minimum offer price rule, or MOPR, to state-subsidized resources, according to an April 27 news release. Several states have criticized the move, citing its potential to harm...

New Jersey Plans to Invest $80 Million Annually From Carbon Auction Proceeds in Emissions Reduction Programs

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Public Utilities, and Economic Development Authority on April 17 released a three-year plan to invest the proceeds from the carbon auctions held under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. The state plans to invest an estimated $80 million each year in clean energy and climate…

U.S. Energy Department Announces $130 Million for Carbon Capture Technologies to Reduce Industrial Emissions

The U.S. Energy Department on April 24 announced $46 million funding for cost-shared research and development projects that capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources. The department also selected five projects to receive $85 million under a previously announced funding opportunity to accelerate wide-scale deployment of these technologies. While carbon capture, utilization, and…...

California’s Climate Investment Reached $2 Billion in 2019: CARB

California’s Climate Investments initiative funded nearly $2 billion in clean air and low-carbon projects implemented statewide in 2019, according to an April 22 press release from the Air Resource Board. Last year marked the program’s single largest annual investment in the state’s priority populations, with more than $1 billion of new projects benefiting disadvantaged and…...

EnerKnol Carbon Policy Tracking Table Q1 2020

Measures to tackle greenhouse gas emissions have long been a political lightning rod, but mechanisms like carbon pricing are coming up more regularly in legislative sessions and evolving to play a key role in the shift to a low-carbon economy. Keep on top of the latest carbon policy changes by accessing EnerKnol’s Quarterly Carbon Policy…...

U.S. Interior Department Issues Draft Review for Wyoming’s Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Initiative

The Bureau of Land Management on April 17 released a draft environmental assessment of the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative, which seeks to designate nearly 2,000 miles of pipeline corridor network for projects associated with carbon capture, utilization and storage, as well enhanced oil recovery. The initiative, proposed by the State of Wyoming, encompasses pipeline corridors…...

EPA Relaxes Enforcement Measures to Provide Flexibility Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on March 26 announced a temporary policy relaxing its enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy gives more flexibility to power plants and other regulated entities on pollution control measures in a time of crisis. The measure allows the noncompliance as long as the entity provides…

Trump Administration Weakens Auto Fuel Efficiency Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 31 finalized fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2021 to 2026. The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient, or SAFE, Vehicles Rule increases the stringency of these standards by 1.5 percent a year,…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Fast-Moving U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Braces for Hurdles as COVID-19 Disrupts Supply Chains

Offshore wind energy, which is key to realize the clean energy transition in several East Coast states, is faced with tough challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the global supply chain, affecting project timelines. Delays have the potential to threaten power purchase contracts and federal tax credits that are crucial for project economics.

Modest Carbon Fees Can Achieve Short-Term Emissions Reductions: EIA

Even modest carbon fees can facilitate emissions reductions in the short term, especially in the power sector where natural gas and renewables supplant coal, according to a March 17 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, once the emissions level linked to coal consumption is reached, the remaining gas- and petroleum-related emissions are harder…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – New Jersey’s Re-Entry into RGGI Strengthens Case for Regional Cooperation on Emissions

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) expanded from nine to ten member states with New Jersey’s re-entry after almost a decade. Virginia’s Clean Economy Act sets the state to link with the compact in 2021, and Pennsylvania is drafting regulations in accordance with a 2019 executive order that commits the state to join the compact.