How to Effectively Manage Distributed Energy Resources

How to Effectively Manage Distributed Energy Resources

The availability and delivery of electricity is becoming more complex as growing amounts of distributed energy resources (DERs) are added to the electric grid. Grid operators need to respond quickly to changes in supply and demand to balance the system as additional intermittent and distributed energy resources contribute to supply and demand imbalances.…

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National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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Major Announcement in Oil & Gas:  Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

Major Announcement in Oil & Gas: Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

On Monday, May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court announced decisions holding invalid and unenforceable two separate ordinances enacted by the Cities of Fort Collins and Longmont, respectively, which prohibited the use of hydraulic fracturing for gas extraction.  These decisions establish precedent regarding what has been an on-going battle in the regulation of the Colorado oil and gas industry...

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Clean Power Plan Advances Another Step Forward

Well, there you have it. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition by Clean Power Plan opponents, led by fossil fuel industry interests and several states to suspend implementation of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The CPP was debated, commented on, and modified to reflect the views of many stakeholders before...

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President Obama Tightens Regulations for Ozone Pollution

On October 1st, 2015 the Obama administration tightened its regulations for smog-causing ozone pollution despite furious opposition by industry groups, though the move will bitterly disappoint many environmental groups that sought even stricter limits. The new standard for ozone (03) and related photochemical oxidants and national ambient air quality standards is 70 parts per billion, down...

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US Supreme Court Decision on EPA MATS Rule

The US Supreme Court’s June 29th 2015 decision to send the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) rule back to the DC Circuit Court, while a narrow victory for opponents, is by no means the end of the debate. The Supreme Court ruled that EPA did not adequately consider the costs of the rule – which would cap emissions of mercury, toxic metals, and...

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Clean Air Act: Maintaining and Strengthening Relationships More Important Now than Ever

Recently adopted and proposed federal environmental regulations can have potentially far-reaching effects on State-level planning and policy making, particularly for states that rely heavily on fossil fuels for energy production and use. These regulations can also add significantly to the costs of doing business in that state. The proposed rules for power plant carbon emissions will require...

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Clean Air Act: A “Game-Changer” in Electric Power Industry

Section 111, 42 U.S.C. 7411, of the Clean Air Act authorizes the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop regulations for categories of pollutant emissions that cause or significantly contribute to air pollution. The regulations apply to new sources without regard to location or existing state or local air quality. Section 111(d) of the Act requires states to develop plans for...

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Themes that Emerged from the Clean Power Plan Public Hearings

Last week, West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities Practice attended the US EPA Clean Power Plan public hearings in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. The hearings on the proposed carbon rule were well-attended with many people using their five-minutes of speaking time to represent themselves as individuals or as advocacy groups addressing consumer, environmental, economic, and industry...

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Clean Air Act: Maintaining and strengthening relationships with regulators & policy makers will be more important now than ever

Recently adopted and proposed federal environmental regulations can have potentially far-reaching effects on State-level planning and policy making, particularly for states that rely heavily on fossil fuels for energy production and use. These regulations can also add significantly to the costs of doing business in that state. While emission standards for criteria pollutants under the Clean...

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Regulatory Risk Assessment and Management

David South, Jack Winter, and I hosted a webinar (slides are available on our website) on July 9th presenting “the business case” for using an enterprise risk management (ERM) approach to planning compliance with the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. Participants reacted favorably to this approach. In further developing the ERM model, we are now adding to our collection of power plant...

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CO2 Performance Standard – What it means for you!

The Obama Administration and US EPA are moving aggressively to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. It was only a matter time. Since 2007, carbon emissions from power plants and mobile sources, together with methane leaks from an aged natural gas pipeline infrastructure have come under greater scrutiny as severe weather events attributed to climate change have caused physical...

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