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May 26, 2015

Regulation updates: EPA carbon rules given tentative August release date

By DARIUS DIXON and ALEX GUILLÉN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2015-05-26 06:33:30

Note to EPA World: Keep your August clear. That’s the date the administration has tentatively listed to finalize its major carbon rules for future and existing power plants in the spring Unified Agenda it released on Thursday. [ read more … ]

Coal plant shutdowns predicted to double under EPA climate rule

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-05-26 06:34:35

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon limits for power plants are projected to cause 90 gigawatts of coal plant capacity to retire by 2040 so that states can comply, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected Friday. That is more than double the 40 gigawatts that the EIA, the independent data arm of the Energy Department, predicted would be shut down in that time period if it weren’t for the climate rule. The United States currently has 1,212 coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 329.8 gigawatts. [ read more … ]

Coal retirements to more than double under Clean Power Plan — EIA 

Emily Holden, Nick Juliano and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-05-26 06:34:14

A new analysis from the federal government’s energy statisticians finds the Obama administration’s plan to reduce the power sector’s heat-trapping carbon emissions would raise electricity prices 4.9 percent above their current trajectory by 2020. The Energy Information Administration will release projections today that the draft rule would spur a quick wave of coal plant retirements — 90 gigawatts, rather than 40 GW, between 2014 and 2040. Most of the power plant retirements would happen by 2020, when the first requirements for emissions reductions begin. EIA says the proposed rule would require “significant investment” to handle rapidly growing supplies of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy, including for transmission lines and other electric grid infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Groups debate energy costs in EIA’s analysis of Clean Power Plan 

Manuel Quiñones and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-05-26 06:35:19

“Early headlines about the EIA’s report on the Clean Power Plan don’t tell the whole story. The analysis actually shows that the Clean Power Plan is affordable,” said Steve Clemmer, director of energy research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Clemmer said Congress can help with the Clean Power Plan’s implementation by extending renewable energy tax credits. He said EIA showed states could meet EPA’s proposed carbon cuts, and even exceed them, particularly through regional collaboration. [ read more … ]

Heated debate in Nev. over solar net metering settles down 

Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-26 06:35:41

Tension over an amendment on a Nevada state Senate bill that re-evaluates the solar net metering cap appears to have dialed down, even as lawmakers expressed frustration over lobbying tactics. The Nevada Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor heard testimony from industry and state officials Wednesday on S.B. 374, which proposed assigning the state’s Public Utilities Commission to determine a new net metering tariff that would satisfy both parties without shifting additional costs to ratepayers, said primary sponsor state Sen. Patricia Farley (R) during the hearing. [ read more … ]

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