California Sues Trump Administration Over Right to Set Auto Emission Rules

California, joined by 22 other states, filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to withdraw a 2013 waiver that allowed the state to set its own tailpipe pollution limits and zero-emission vehicle standards, according to a Nov. 15 news release. The agency acted in September to cancel the waiver as part of…

Ohio Solar REC Prices Slumped As Much As 25 Percent in 2018: Report

The compliance obligations under Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard continue to shift from electric distribution companies to competitive retail suppliers, who were responsible for 78 percent of the requirements, up from 77 percent in the prior year, according to a Nov. 13 draft annual report by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff. Electric distribution utilities accounted…

Trump Nominates Dan Brouillette to Take the Helm at U.S. Energy Department, Replacing Perry

U.S. President Donald Trump formally nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to head the Energy Department, according to a Nov. 7 press release. If confirmed by the Senate, Brouillette will replace current Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who announced his resignation last month amid scrutiny for his involvement in the administration’s interactions with Ukraine. The Ukraine…

States, Environmental Groups Challenge Reversal of Obama-Era Lightbulb Standards

A coalition of 16 attorneys general and the City of New York on Nov. 4 filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Energy Department’s final rule that reversed the 2017 expansion of energy efficiency standards for certain light bulbs. The group, led by California and New York, argues that the reversal enacts a less stringent standard…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards

Democrats wrested control of Virginia’s historically conservative state legislature following November's off-year election, boosting prospects for the state to be next in line to establish a binding commitment to shift to renewable energy. Progressive lawmakers in Virginia will likely move swiftly in setting aggressive mandates to fight climate change, just as their counterparts have done in New Mexico, New York and Maine. While earlier efforts to pass sweeping environmental policy measures have failed, such as the state's bid to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the door is now open to action.

California on Track to Meet 2020 Emissions Target, Businesses Fully Compliant With Carbon Trading Program

The California Air Resources Board on Nov. 4 announced that all entities subject to the cap-trade emissions reduction system met their compliance requirements in 2018, which marks the first year of the program’s final three-year compliance period. Businesses covered by the program account for about 80 percent of the state’s emissions. The agency also reported…

EnerKnol Carbon Policy Tracking Table Q3 2019

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. EPA Proposes to Weaken Regulations on Coal Ash, Wastewater From Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 4 issued two proposals that would ease the Obama administration’s 2015 regulations governing the disposal of coal ash, a toxic product of coal combustion, and wastewater management from steam electric power plants. The first proposal sets a new date of Aug. 31, 2020 for facilities to begin closure…

Trump Administration Initiates Process to Exit Paris Climate Accord

The Trump administration has submitted a formal notification to the United Nations to withdraw the U.S from the Paris agreement on climate change, according to a Nov. 4 announcement from the State Department. The move initiates a one-year process to leave the 2015 pact that the U.S. joined during the Obama administration, committing to achieve…

California Report Shows Utilities on Track to Meet Renewable Energy Goals

The California Public Utilities Commission issued its annual Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) report showing that the program is on track and is helping to drive down renewable contract prices and increasing in-state procurement, according to a Nov. 1 press release. As of 2019, the state’s large investor-owned utilities have executed renewable electricity contracts necessary to…

ISO New England Leans on $1.3 Billion Transmission Upgrades to Tackle Growing Energy Constraints

ISO New England has issued its 10-year power system strategy for the region laying the foundation for long-term power system planning in New England, according to an Oct. 31 filing. The report details power system needs through 2028, and how these can be addressed, discussing three key issues currently affecting the New England grid, namely…

Virginia Regulator Approves New Rates for Dominion Customers to Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Oct. 31 approved Virginia Electric and Power Company’s rate option that allows customers to voluntarily buy renewable energy certificates, or RECs, sourced from a broad range of generation facilities to match all or a portion of their usage. The company proposed to offer the new rate, called “Rider REC,”…