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October 19, 2015

Big decisions loom as House power vacuum lingers

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-19 06:43:29

Speculation continues to fly over a deal that would lift the oil export ban while extending renewable tax credits. One key industry lobbyist last week said it could hitch a ride on an end-of-year budget deal. After cloistering himself at home for the past week to mull over the possibility, the Wisconsin Republican is “seriously considering” launching a bid to replace the retiring Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker, CBS News reported yesterday, citing “those close to him.” [ read more … ]

House Panel wades into legality of EPA rule this week as publication looms

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-19 06:44:17

When the Energy and Power Subcommittee holds its hearing Thursday, the rules for new, modified and existing power plants may have already been published in the Federal Register. And that will set off a chain of events in the courts and on Capitol Hill that will consume much of the rest of the Obama administration and determine the fate of the central platform of the president’s Climate Action Plan. But while Republicans in the House and Senate are expected to devote some time this fall to knocking down the landmark climate rule, the question of whether the Clean Power Plan survives Obama’s presidency will likely be resolved in the courts. [ read more … ]

111(d) author says Clean Air Act ‘not the best way’ to curb emissions

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-19 06:45:04

A key figure behind the Clean Air Act provision being used by U.S. EPA to regulate the power sector’s carbon emissions yesterday said an economywide cap-and-trade system proposed in 2009 would have been a less costly way to curb America’s greenhouse gas output than the statute he wrote. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan to Shutter 4,000 MW of Texas Coal Output

By Harry Weber, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-10-19 06:46:31

Electricity bills may jump by as much as 16 percent by 2030 as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. said in a report posted on its website Friday. Texas joins other grid managers and utilities that have warned of higher prices and reliability issues from plant closures if the plan is finalized. [ read more … ]

Group asks Supreme Court to review Colo. standard

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-19 06:45:40

A conservative legal group is asking the Supreme Court to weigh the constitutionality of Colorado’s renewable energy standard after a lower court upheld the state’s program. The anti-regulatory nonprofit Energy & Environment Legal Institute has filed a petition asking the high court to examine the decision made by the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year, the group announced this week. [ read more … ]

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