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April 30, 2014

Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:49:22

In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. The 6-to-2 ruling bolsters the centerpiece of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the regulations, which use the Clean Air Act as their legal authority, as a “war on coal.” The industry has waged an aggressive legal battle to undo the rules. [ read more … ]

EPA wins big as Supreme Court upholds cross-state rule

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:49:51

In a landmark win for the Obama administration and public health advocates, the Supreme Court today resurrected U.S. EPA’s program for air pollution that drifts across state lines after a lower court had thrown it out. The 6-2 decision upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or CSAPR, a regulatory regime for 28 Eastern states that requires upwind states to cut emissions that cause downwind states to exceed the agency’s air standards. A federal appellate court invalidated the program in August 2012 after it was challenged by utilities and several states, holding that EPA had improperly relied on a cost analysis in determining how much states must cut emissions and superseded state authority by implementing federal plans before states were allowed to draft their own. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court cross-state ruling hailed, scorned

Daniel Lippman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:50:10

Environmental groups today threw heaps of praise on this morning’s Supreme Court ruling upholding U.S. EPA’s authority to regulate cross-state air pollution, while industry groups and some Republicans said the decision could imperil U.S. energy sources and further federalizes environmental regulation. Some environmentalists also suggested that the recent string of court rulings supporting EPA make it more likely that the agency’s blockbuster upcoming greenhouse gas regulations might survive inevitable court scrutiny. [ read more … ]

Tricky political tides challenge East Coast projects

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:50:31

As with any fierce competition, there are bound to be casualties. When the Department of Energy in 2012 announced the contenders for three multimillion-dollar grants to complete pilot offshore wind projects, there were seven developers in the running — one in Oregon, one in Lake Erie, one on Texas’ Gulf Coast and four on the East Coast. Now there are six, after Maine’s conservative governor successfully squelched one of the proposals in his state. Another East Coast pilot recently suffered a major setback — a setback some local environmentalists have linked to a different Republican governor’s presidential ambitions. [ read more … ]

Wash. starts legislative process to reduce carbon emissions

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:50:48

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has tapped a task force to help craft a climate change bill he will put before the state’s Legislature next year. Inslee, who was a leader on environmental issues during his time in the House of Representatives, signed an executive order today creating the Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce, which he called on to write a carbon cap proposal that would draw down emissions while phasing out coal use in the Evergreen State. “It must include the market mechanisms needed to meet the limits in the most effective and efficient manner possible,” the executive order reads. “The program must be designed to maximize the benefits and minimize the implementation costs, considering our emissions and energy sources, and our businesses and jobs.” [ read more … ]

N.Y. gets to work on ‘grid of the future’ with sweeping changes to come

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-30 06:51:05

Energy regulators in Albany have been tasked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a daunting job over the next year: to fundamentally reshape how power is bought, sold and distributed in a high-cost, high-profile state that is quickly adjusting to new market realities. Last week, the Democratic governor directed the New York Public Service Commission — which oversees the private power sector and the grid — to begin a proceeding meant to pave the way for distributed energy, smart-grid technologies, demand response, electric vehicles and, ultimately, the prospect of less hard infrastructure. [ read more … ]

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