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Professor Tribe takes Obama to school

The liberal icon also explains how the EPA rule likely violates the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause with its “palpable unfairness of imposing all the costs on a small subset of entities [coal] within the agency’s cross-hairs. The Proposed Rule represents a radical shift in federal policy that upsets settled, investment-backed expectations, with no attempt by EPA to quantify the climate or environmental benefits from the Proposed Rule.” Mr. Tribe urges Democrats and Republicans to resist the rule and “stand in strong support of the rule of law.”
10 Dec 2014

Patrick makes a push to help hydropower

NStar parent company Northeast Utilities is already opposing the new rules ...saying the proposal would lead to a substantial increase in electricity bills. The new clean-energy standard duplicates several existing programs — the renewable energy credits and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, among others — that are adding $573 million to ratepayers’ energy costs in the state this year. In 2018, the extra costs could rise to as much as $1.1 billion.
10 Dec 2014

Lawmakers at odds over redefining clean energy

Lawmakers are at odds over a bill that would change Michigan’s definition of renewable energy to count electricity generated by burning tires, used oil and industrial waste. The Republican-backed legislation is pending in the Senate after it was approved last week on a mostly party-line vote in the House.
7 Dec 2014

Oklahoma Corporation Commission ends wind inquiry, calls for rules on decommissioning of turbines

“We don’t have enough regulations in rural areas in regards to where these[wind]  farms are going,” Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville. “It’s imperative we put some in place, not only for the benefit of the wind power, but for the people who have to be around them. Let there be no doubt: The state Legislature is absolutely going to send some legislation forward putting rules and regulations in place."
3 Dec 2014

Commission: Wyoming will need to close four coal plants to meet EPA plan

Alan Minier, the chairman of the Wyoming Public Service Commission, in a Nov. 21 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, wrote that the federal proposal overestimates utilities' ability to improve the efficiency of their coal-fired power plants, overstates the potential growth of renewable power and errs in its calculations concerning Wyoming's natural gas generation. ...The agency assumes the state could install 9.4 million megawatt hours of low-carbon or no-carbon electricity generation by 2030. 
29 Nov 2014

Commission: Wyoming will need to close four coal plants to meet EPA plan

Alan Minier, the chairman of the Wyoming Public Service Commission, in a Nov. 21 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, wrote that the federal proposal overestimates utilities' ability to improve the efficiency of their coal-fired power plants, overstates the potential growth of renewable power and errs in its calculations concerning Wyoming's natural gas generation. ...The agency assumes the state could install 9.4 million megawatt hours of low-carbon or no-carbon electricity generation by 2030. 
29 Nov 2014

US Clean Power Plan poses risks to electricity reliability

The plan envisages a wholesale shift from coal combustion towards more efficient and cleaner-burning combined cycle natural gas plants, an increase in renewables ...NERC is worried such a rapid transition will damage capacity margins, make it harder to maintain aspects of power quality and leave the grid vulnerable to extreme weather. 
10 Nov 2014

Foes renew challenge of joint wind-power venture

The three-year battle against a $333 million joint wind-power venture between First Wind and Emera took a new turn on Tuesday, when opponents to the deal filed a fresh challenge at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. A notice of the court appeal also was filed at the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
29 Oct 2014

The battle of Ohio: clean energy vs. coal

The use of renewable energy in manufacturing, meanwhile, hovers at 8% to 9%, and it’s not guaranteed to soar. A June study by the International Renewable Energy Agency found that the figure could grow to more than a quarter by 2030, or a third if some form of carbon pricing takes effect—or, under current deployment plans and government policies, it could stagnate at 10%. 
22 Oct 2014

Potential energy impacts of the EPA proposed clean power plan

Nera_cpp_report_final_oct_2014_thumb This report evaluates the potential energy market impacts and energy costs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. EPA proposed the CPP in June 2014 as a nationwide regulation (to be implemented by the states) under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  
20 Oct 2014

Bill proposes adding wind industry to 'Right to Farm' Act

“This is the most reckless wind energy proposal I have ever seen ...Rep. Irwin's bill would grant carte blanche siting freedom to utility scale wind developers. Township and county governments would be totally neutered with respect to enacting any regulations to protect their local environment, endangered species or their rural citizens.”
20 Oct 2014

FERC commissioner worries about possible 'flaw' in Northeast regulatory model

While highlighting what he said is a "lack of adequate infrastructure" in New England, Tony Clark, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also told U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in an Oct. 15 letter that he is concerned that "there is a deeper flaw in the existing electricity regulatory regimes in place throughout the Northeastern United States."
20 Oct 2014

Austin plan for renewable energy at odds with utility

But the city-owned utility, Austin Energy, has balked at the council’s proposal and said it would be too expensive for ratepayers. And since then, a debate has ensued over how to be politically progressive and economically practical at the same time. ...“It’s good to have aspirations except if the aspirations are so far afield that they are simply going to be ignored.”
17 Oct 2014

Why electric rates are rising

What about renewables? For many reasons, renewable build-out is not happening very quickly. As of last year, less than 10 percent of Vermont’s in-state electricity generation was by renewables, not counting hydro. Also, renewables are generally paired with natural gas (gas-fired plants are turned on when the wind dies down or the sun sets). So renewables are not going to be much help right now.
12 Oct 2014

The league of crony voters; Greens invest in Democratic promises to restore tax credits

At the top of the “environmental” agenda is renewal of the wind-production tax credit that expired last year. Since 1992, this credit transferred $24 billion to big companies invested in windmills, a hopelessly uneconomic power source that only works in a breeze. Naturally, the wind-energy industry wants its free money, because without the government cash, it can’t keep the lights on. 
7 Oct 2014

Residents, businesses grapple with looming electricity rate spike

Nearly half of New England’s electricity is now generated by natural gas, compared with just 15 percent in 2000. But officials say the region doesn’t have the pipeline infrastructure to match the need. The problems arise during the winter, when electric power generators and home heating companies are both vying for natural gas, which is funneled to the region through pipelines coming from the Pennsylvania area. 
5 Oct 2014

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