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Renewable Energy in the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Part 1: Introduction to Emission Rate Credits

The U.S. EPA released the final Clean Power Plan, or CPP, on Aug. 3, 2015. The CPP gives states a choice of adopting a rate-based or a mass-based carbon dioxide emissions target for existing electric power plants. A rate-based target is established in pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour and a mass- Read More...

Renewable Energy in the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Part 2: Interactions With and Impacts on RECs and Renewable Energy Markets

In part 1, the Center for Resource Solutions explained what the  U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan says about emission rate credits. In part 2, it explores how the creation and trading of emission rate credits, or ERCs, may affect renewable energy credit, or RE Read More...

Supreme Court stays Clean Power Plan, uncertainty reigns after Justice Scalia's death

The Obama Administration's plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants via the Clean Air Act – through a new rule known as the Clean Power Plan – had been moving along fairly well until the U.S. Supreme last week issued a 5-4 ruling to stay the plan while pendi Read More...

SEIA head talks Clean Power Plan, net metering with Bloomberg News

There’s been a lot of head scratching regarding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, but Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch is confident about solar power’s long-term growth trajectory. The trad Read More...

Arizona utility plans more solar, will offer new efficiency incentives

Tucson Electric Power on March 2 filed its preliminary 2016 integrated resource plan with the Arizona Corporation Commission.  The IRP includes strategies for southern Arizona’s energy future, including how the utility plans to meet customers’ energy needs through 2030 while sa Read More...

PSEG Power teams with GE for a more efficient fleet

Illustrative of the broader transformation underway in the U.S. power sector, independent power producer PSEG Power has outlined plans to deploy a highly efficient, digitally enabled system that will be used in the expansion of one of its power plants. The Public Service Enterpri Read More...

Clean Power Plan could mean big savings for California commercial properties

By adopting the energy efficiency recommendations under President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, commercial properties in California could cut their electric utility costs on average by nearly 8%, or roughly $1.3 billion, by 2030, Public News Service reported Aug. 3, citing a study from Georgia Te Read More...

Post-hearing, Clean Power Plan deliberation begins

Oral arguments in the long-anticipated D.C. Circuit Court hearing of the case against the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan were held Sept. 27, with neither side coming ahead as a clear winner. The 10 en banc judges hearing the case will now deliberate before issuing a decision on the matter, possibl Read More...

EPA abandons work on Clean Power Plan guidance

The U.S. EPA announced Dec. 19 that it has stopped work on model rules associated with the Clean Power Plan intended to help states chart paths to compliance with the rule. Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation within the EPA said in a blog post that i Read More...

Trump signs executive order to roll back climate protections, vows to end 'war on coal'

Following weeks of speculation regarding President Donald Trump's plans for an executive order aimed at unwinding Obama's climate regulations, the president on March 28 made it official in signing that order, joined by a group of coal miners, at the U.S. EPA. An overview of the order provi Read More...

States file to oppose Trump's halt of Clean Power Plan

Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a coalition of 24 U.S. states and localities has formally filed opposition to the Trump administration's request to delay court proceedings regarding the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Read More...

'The war on coal is over,' Pruitt says in beginning repeal of EPA's Clean Power Plan

At a speaking event in Kentucky, U.S. EPA director Scott Pruitt on Oct. 9 announced the Trump administration would begin formal proceedings to repeal the Clean Power Plan on Oct. 10. "The war on coal is over," Pruitt said, according to a report from The New York Times. "Tomorrow in Wa Read More...

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