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November 21, 2013

States press EPA for flexibility in power plant climate rules

By Ben Geman, The  •    •  Posted 2013-11-21 06:50:06

State power regulators are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give states plenty of leeway to decide how they will meet upcoming carbon emissions standards for existing power plants. The National Association of State Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) adopted a resolution Wednesday calling on the EPA to recognize the “primacy” of states to “lead the creation of emission performance systems that reflect the policies, energy needs, resource mix, economic conditions of each State and region.” [ read more … ]

Regulators, operators eye uncertain future as carbon rule looms

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-21 06:50:32

State regulators, utilities and grid operators already tackling a slew of coal and nuclear plant closures received little information yesterday from U.S. EPA on what its looming carbon emissions limit may look like. Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, told them the agency is keeping all options on the table. [ read more … ]

Wind energy advocates urge renewal of tax credit

by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2013-11-21 06:50:51

Minnesota environmental groups and wind energy advocates are urging Congress to renew federal tax credits for renewable energy projects that are set to expire at the end of the year. The production tax credit and investment tax credit have helped spur wind developments across the country, but dozens of Republican members of Congress say the subsidies have gone on long enough and that the credits should be allowed to expire. [ read more … ]

Report: Wind energy reduces carbon pollution, saves water

by Donnelle Eller< Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-11-21 06:51:05

Iowa’s growing wind industry is reducing carbon pollution, saving water and supporting jobs, according to environmental and industry leaders. By replacing the use of fossil fuels to generate energy, Iowa’s wind energy generation avoids “more than 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road,” according to a report released by Environment Iowa. [ read more … ]

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