Monday, July 28, 2014
Climate Change Update

EPA Faces State, Lawmaker Calls To Boost State Renewable Goals In ESPS

Environmentalists and some lawmakers are urging EPA to strengthen targets for renewable energy in the agency's proposed existing source performance standards (ESPS) to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power fleet in the wake of analyses showing many states are on track to meet or are already exceeding the proposed goals.

Congress Watch

House Panel To Probe FERC Role In Assessing Reliability Impacts Of ESPS

The House Energy & Commerce Committee is probing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) involvement, or lack thereof, in evaluating reliability impacts of EPA's recently proposed climate rule for existing utilities, planning a hearing for late this month to press FERC commissioners on the effects of the EPA rule.

Natural Gas Update

Industry Says EPA Plan To Issue FIP For Existing Drilling Sites Is Unlawful

Energy industry groups are warning that EPA suggestions that it is considering crafting a federal implementation plan (FIP) for curbing emissions from existing minor sources at oil and gas sites on tribal lands -- largely in Western shale plays -- would be unlawful and EPA must instead address those sources on a case-by-case basis.

Coal Update

Iowa Air Law 'Nuisance' Ruling May Spur New Push For High Court Review

Industry officials say a recent Iowa high court ruling that says the Clean Air Act does not preempt state law nuisance claims against polluters could be a vehicle for asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue, after justices in June rejected a petition seeking review of a similar case allowing a nuisance case against a Pennsylvania utility.

Vehicles/Fuels Update

Auto Companies Urge California To Alter ZEV Rules To Boost Plug-In Hybrids

Four of the world's largest auto companies are proposing that the California air board overhaul the state's landmark zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulation by crediting companies for miles driven by plug-in hybrid and other electric vehicles they sell, in order to provide more parity with "pure" battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Renewables Update

Senators Spar With Key White House Advisor Over Raising 2014 RFS Targets

A group of nine senators is pressing White House climate advisor John Podesta to raise EPA's proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending targets to levels Podesta says are too high, even while saying the final rule will raise the targets above the proposal.

Industry Says EPA Plan To Issue FIP For Existing Drilling Sites Is Unlawful

Energy industry groups are warning that EPA suggestions that it is considering crafting a federal implementation plan (FIP) for curbing emissions from existing minor sources at oil and gas sites on tribal lands -- largely in Western shale plays -- would be unlawful and EPA must instead address those sources on a case-by-case basis.

EPA At Odds With IG Plan To Reduce Gas Pipeline Methane Leaks

EPA is rejecting calls by its Office of Inspector General (OIG) to pursue more stringent action to reduce leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane from natural gas pipelines, including rejecting OIG's recommendation for a performance goal specifically for distribution.

Equity Advocates Warn EPA Power Plant Climate Rule Contains 'Fatal Flaws'

A broad spectrum of environmental justice advocates is warning that EPA's landmark proposed rule to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants does not adequately protect economically disadvantaged communities and minorities.

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Clean Energy Wire

Ethanol Industry Blasts DOE E85 Data

The ethanol industry is harshly criticizing the Department of Energy (DOE) for providing EPA with what it calls inaccurate data on the availability of fuel blends containing 85 percent ethanol . . .

White House Touts Federal GHG Cuts

The White House says federal agencies have made significant progress in the past year toward meeting goals set in 2009 to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase use of renewable . . .

CSIS Assesses Economic, Energy Impacts Of ESPS

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) is out with a preliminary analysis of EPA's power plant climate rule, finding that it will help continue the natural gas boom . . .

Western States Seek 'Co-Regulator' Status

Western states are urging EPA to recognize them as "co-regulators" in developing federal Clean Air Act rules and involving them earlier and more substantially in the rulemaking process in order . . .

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