Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Can the Trump Administration Slow Momentum on Climate Change Action?

Prior to the 2016 election season, Donald Trump famously tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese to gain economic advantage over the US. During the campaign, he promised to undo many of former President Obama’s initiatives like EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule and that he would withdraw the US from the United Nations COP21 Paris Agreement, in which 177 countries pledged to act...

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Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Look to Make Good on his Promise to Expand Oil & Gas

Every newly-elected President faces a common struggle: how to turn the many promises made on the campaign trail to various stakeholders into actual governmental action. Following his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump will be no different. In this series of blogs, we’ll consider how President Trump discussed energy policy on the campaign trail, his plans for implementing his vision...

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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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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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Methane Regulations & US EPA’s Clean Power Plan Compliance Strategies

The US EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed in June 2014 is a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.  When final, the rule will require a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030 from 2005 levels, with an interim goal in 2020. Many have speculated about what this regulation will mean for electricity producers across the nation, but a common prediction is that...

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The Funding Challenge Of the Water Industry, Just Look to Technology – Part I

Part I: How did we get here? This discussion of the challenges facing the water industry will be followed with “Part II”, which will provide insight on how technology can help meet these difficult challenges. The water supply industry is feeling the pressure of extensive infrastructure replacement needs, rising operations costs, declining average customer consumption, and fragmented water...

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Regulatory Update: What’s Going on in Your State

The comment period for the proposed Clean Power Plan ended on December 1st, and EPA is beginning to review the feedback from impacted states, utilities, and other entities.  Following is a synopsis of some recent developments: Peabody Energy’s opposition to the CPP was validated recently by comments from Laurence Tribe — President Obama’s constitutional law professor at Harvard Law...

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Carbon Markets – An Early Front Runner for CPP Compliance?

USEPA’s Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce power plant emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.  States are given some flexibility in how they choose to meet the standard, but they are required to submit compliance plans detailing their approach by June 30, 2016.  While a variety of compliance mechanisms are available, including greater investments in renewable energy, energy...

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Measurement & Verification – One Challenge of the Clean Power Plan

The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) allows states to build their implementation plan on any combination of policies that the state deems appropriate to meet the carbon emission reductions. Fact sheets released by the EPA list a variety of potential mechanisms that states could use to comply with CPP, including: demand-side energy efficiency programs renewable energy standards efficiency...

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Is the Environmental Protection Agency Changing its Mind on the Clean Power Plan?

Facing what has been fairly consistent resistance to the draft Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued statements that could be interpreted as a partial retreat on some of the CPP’s objectives, or at least a willingness to make changes to the draft rule. In late October, the EPA announced that it would welcome additional comments, after an already-lengthy...

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