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July 15, 2014

Flexibility and its implications dominate NARUC talk on EPA carbon plan

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-15 06:47:19

The watchword was “flexibility.” Representatives from across the electricity sector kept coming back to that point as they gathered here yesterday to discuss paths forward under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Three panel members — from PJM Interconnection LLC, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Regulatory Assistance Project — agreed that states face a buffet of options in how to tackle the carbon proposal. They bandied about the benefits of the Obama administration’s approach, as well as their concerns. [ read more … ]

Top EPA air lawyer says power plant rule on firm legal ground

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-15 06:47:38

U.S. EPA’s proposal for existing power plant greenhouse gases rests on a firm legal foundation of years of field research and decades of agency rulemaking precedent, EPA’s top lawyer for air quality issues told a room full of attorneys this afternoon. Joe Goffman said in remarks at an Environmental Law Institute event in Washington, D.C., today that his agency has had a lot of experience using the Clean Air Act to require pollution reductions from the power sector, having successfully used Section 111 to set “best system of emissions reduction” on 60 prior occasions. [ read more … ]

Big-name companies urge utilities to produce more renewable energy

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-15 06:47:55

To meet their sustainability goals, 12 large American companies signed onto a set of buyers’ principles last week calling on utilities to expand and streamline opportunities for renewable energy procurement. The companies, including Bloomberg, General Motors Co., Sprint, Wal-Mart and Mars, are looking to engage with energy suppliers, particularly with debates on the future of the electricity system underway across the country. [ read more … ]

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