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June 30, 2014

Some state agencies prepare to challenge new EPA carbon rule

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-30 06:13:38

States have had several weeks to mull over U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which, once finalized, would set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. While most are keeping mute as they analyze the rule and prepare to submit comments, a few early movers have already taken action, either to challenge the rule or comply with it — and, in some cases, both. Creating plans to meet EPA’s guidelines — plans that, due to flexibility mechanisms built into the CPP, will span each state’s energy sector and could even cross state lines — will inevitably be a long and costly process. For that reason, many states “are looking at and preparing for the proposed rule as if it were final today,” said Eric Massey, director of the Air Quality Division for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) [ read more … ]

Reid eyes confirmation vote in July as opposition looms

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-30 06:13:55

The Senate will vote on President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the chamber returns following the Fourth of July recess, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office. The Senate will also vote on Obama’s nomination of acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur to another five-year term, but a week for that vote has not been set, according to Reid’s office. [ read more … ]

Michigan’s wind energy industry soaring

By Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Business Writer  •    •  Posted 2014-06-30 06:14:14

In the past few years, wind power in Michigan has created jobs, given rise to new companies that supply components — such as Ventower Industries in Monroe — and even inspired a few school projects and tourism. The nonprofit group, Natural Resources Defense Council, says Michigan is home to about 120 companies that supply wind components and employ 4,000. A state law that requires 10% of electricity produced come from renewable sources by the end of next year has increased demand and helped propel the construction of wind farms. Michigan still gets more than half, 54%, of its power from coal, a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions. [ read more … ]

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