Friday, May 29, 2015

BNA INSIGHTS: Congress Missing in Action as Courts Back Clean Air Act Curbs on Emissions

Federal rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions are likely here to stay. That, the authors of this article say, is the unambiguous message of the June 26 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholding Environmental Protection Agency regulations under the Clean Air Act to control greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, utilities, and industrial sources…

New York Sets Stricter Limits on Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions Than EPA Proposes

ALBANY, N.Y.—Electric power plants in New York state will face stricter limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and expanded generating facilities under a regulation (6 NYCRR Part 251) announced June 28 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

EPA Proposes Performance Standards to Limit Carbon Dioxide from Power Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Environmental Protection Agency will limit new fossil fuel-fired power plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour as part of a March 27 proposed rule setting the first source-specific greenhouse gas emissions standards.

Promotion of Sustainability Increasing Among Large U.S. Companies, Study Finds

November 15, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

Almost 75 percent of Standard & Poor’s top 500 U.S. companies tout sustainability efforts on their websites, according to a new study…

First Greenhouse Gas Permit in Texas Approved by EPA for Gas-Fired Power Plant

November 15, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 10 issued the first greenhouse gas emissions permit in Texas since it took over permitting authority after the state refused to implement the federal greenhouse gas emissions program.

Obama’s Retreat on Ozone Standards Could Leave Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules Vulnerable

September 9, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

Environmental and industry groups are questioning whether costly plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions may be vulnerable after the Obama administration announced Sept. 2 it is dropping a rulemaking to set more stringent air quality standards for ozone…

FERC Declines to Act on Smart Grid Rule, Cites Lack of Consensus

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided not to conduct a rulemaking on the first group of proposed technical standards for the smart grid, citing a lack of consensus among electric utilities, telecommunications companies, and equipment manufacturers…

EPA Proposal Would Allow Energy Companies to Use Alternative Emissions Calculations Through 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow oil and natural gas operations to use alternative emissions calculations through 2011 without obtaining prior approval from the agency under a greenhouse gas reporting rule, according to a proposed rule to be published in the Federal Register June 27…

Duke Energy, Progress Plan Merger to Create Nation’s Largest Electric Utility

January 11, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Analysts gave favorable reviews to Duke Energy’s Jan. 10 announcement of a plan to buy a neighboring utility, Progress Energy, in a deal that would create the nation’s largest…

Supreme Court to Review Utility Industry Challenge to Greenhouse Gas Nuisance Suit

December 7, 2010 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court announced Dec. 6 that it will hear a challenge to a court of appeals decision allowing several states to continue with their public nuisance lawsuit against American Electric Power Co. and other…

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