Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the Hidden Building Block

The fourth building block in the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the decrease in electricity use and demand resulting from improved energy efficiency and demand-side management. As with all the building blocks, the EPA estimated the energy efficiency potential in each of the states. The efficiency potential was factored into the final state carbon reduction goal by reducing the denominator...

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Universal Resistance May Have the EPA Rethinking the CPP

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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Latest News Around Clean Power Plan

There has been a lot of media attention surrounding the Clean Power Plan. Here is a round-up of some of the most important industry related news and how it may impact you. Ameren Missouri Responds to CPP with Plans to Build Natural Gas Plants If finalized, the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will require many utilities to shift their power generation investments and operations.…

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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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