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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 28, 2014

For energy-producing states, shifts in domestic fuel use could be the biggest impact of the Clean Power Plan

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 07:23:21

States that pay the highest abatement costs under U.S. EPA’s new power plant carbon rule may actually emerge as economic winners once upstream impacts are accounted for, according to a new joint analysis by the Rhodium Group (RHG) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In the month and a half since EPA first released a draft version of its Clean Power Plan (CPP), most analysts and pundits have focused on the costs of emissions abatement the plan would require — costs that, barring significant gains in energy efficiency, would be passed on to ratepayers in the form of higher electricity prices. [ read more … ]

In Texas, wind power makes big strides with new lines

Matthew L. Wald, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 07:23:43

Texas this year completed work on a $7 billion experiment to address the challenges of transmitting wind power to the masses: 3,600 miles of high-voltage power lines, connecting millions of customers from the state’s major cities to the Panhandle. An inability to transmit power historically has been a major barrier to the wind industry. “We’ve built it, and they’re marching this way,” Warren Lasher, the director of system planning at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said of development plans. [ read more … ]

Litigators size up potential assaults on, defenses for EPA rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 07:24:01

While political battles rage in Congress over U.S. EPA’s landmark proposal for curbing carbon emissions from existing power plants, most expect that court rulings, not legislation, will decide the rule’s fate. Even if November’s elections swing Senate control to the Republicans, their efforts to clip EPA authority stand little chance of overriding President Obama’s veto, given how few Democrats are likely to link arms with the GOP on the issue. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court’s handling of visa case may be harbinger for EPA rule

By Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-28 07:24:18

“This is the continuing battle on the Supreme Court between those who believe in Chevron deference and those who believe Chevron deference has gone too far,” said Thomas Lorenzen, a former Justice Department attorney now at Dorsey & Whitney. “You’ve got [Chief Justice John] Roberts and [Justices Antonin] Scalia — and presumably [Samuel] Alito and [Clarence] Thomas — who would say this has gone too far — Chevron should be limited.” [ read more … ]

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