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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
National -- U.S. EIA: United States is Almost Halfway to Waxman-Markey 2020 GHG Reduction Goal -
The U.S. EIA Estimates that 2009 GHG emissions may represent a halfway point in achieving the Waxman Markey 2020 GHG reduction goal.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
International -- EU Pledges 15 Billion Euros to Developing Nations to Spur Climate Treaty Deal -
The EU moves to convince developing countries to join climate treaty with finacial incentives
Monday, September 14, 2009
National: Drum Beat Grows over Concerns About EPA Authority to Selectively Regulate GHGs at 25,000 tpy -
Legal experts are beginning to question EPA’s legal authority to selectively raise the threshold at which it would regulate facilities from 250 tpy to 25,000 tpy.
Monday, September 14, 2009
National: AEP CEO: U.S. EPA Draft PSD ‘Tailoring’ Rule Could Regulate “Hundreds of Thousands of Additional Facilities” -
The CEO of American Electric Power expresses concern about EPA's draft rule and contrasts it with a Congressional climate bill.
Monday, September 14, 2009
National: Lawsuit Filed on California’s Automobile GHG Emission Standards -
Two large industry groups filed suit in an attempt to block California and other states from establishing stringent GHG tailpipe standards than are more stringent then the federal government's proposed standards.
Monday, September 14, 2009
National: US CAP Companies Push for Climate Legislation -
A group of major companies and environmental groups are signalling urgency over passage of climate legislation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Senate: Boxer Signals Inclusion of Nuclear Power in Senate Bill -
In a potential signifcant shift on climate legislation, Senator Boxer indicates that nuclear power will be included in forthcomming legislation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Senate: Lincoln Takes Over Senate Agriculture Committee with Influence Over Climate Bill -
The assension of Senator Blanche Lincoln as Ag Committee Chairwoman means a change in approach toward climate legislation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Senate: Group of Senators Release Language on Coal for Climate Bill -
In an attempt to protect the coal industry, coal-fired power plants, and major methane sources, a group of senators have released draft legislation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Senate Resumes Hearings on Climate Bill -
Two hearings are scheduled this week as Senate Committees resume their work on a federal climate bill.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Senate: Uncertainty Still on Which Committee Will Draft Allocation Provisions of Climate Bill -
It's still unclear as to which Senate committee will draft one of the cornerstone provisions of the Senate climate bill.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Regional: Midwestern Governors Drop Cap and Trade Discussion from October MGA Conference -
Cap and trade programs are controversial in the Midwest and governors are taking a cautious approach to next steps.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Regional: WCI Lobbies Senate on Climate Bill -
The Western Climate Initiative provided a long and detailed list of recommendations and "lessons learned" for U.S. Senators drafting national climate legislation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Regional: RGGI CO2 Allowance Auction Sees Lowest Historic Prices Ever -
A number of forces are work to drive prices down to historic lows.
Monday, September 14, 2009
States: Veto Expected on California Bill to Limit Carbon Offsets to 10% -
California legislation passed over the weekend restricts companies to using carbon offsets for only 10% of a facility's compliance responsibility under the state's GHG reduction program.
Monday, September 14, 2009
States: California Legislature Approves Regulation of “7th Greenhouse Gas” -
California could become the first state in the country to regulate a 7th greenhouse gas, one that is used in the production of electronics, HDTVs, thin-film solar panels and other previously considered "green products."
Monday, September 14, 2009
States: Governor to Sign EO and Veto California Legislation on 33% Renewable Electricity Standard -
The Governor is expected to veto the most stringent renewable energy portfolio standard in the world -- after he establishes the same standard by executive order.
Monday, September 14, 2009
States: California SCAQMD Permitting Log Jam Relieved -- Partially -
Begining in January, the SCAQMD will be able to provide offsets to some, but not all, facilities within the District.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Will EPA’s “Poison Pill” Greenhouse Gas Rule Backfire, Triggering Regulation of Companies as Small as 250 Tons Per Year? -
What if the Senate fails to pass a climate bill this autumn and EPA moves forward with the its stationary source GHG rule, but loses legal challenges that consequently force the agency to regulate GHG emissions from tens of thousands of sources emitting greater than 250 tons per year?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A Summary of EPA GHG Rulemakings in Progress -
The Obama Administration’s EPA is moving forward with four major regulations that will materially and significantly affect industry if the U.S. Congress fails to pass climate legislation this year. Some of the rules will move forward regardless if Congress passes legislation or not.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
No International GHG Agreement Expected in Copenhagen this December -
In a domino effect, the U.S. Senate's delay in voting on climate legislation has ended hopes for a global treaty between countries on climate change this December.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Midwestern Governors Hear from Three Dozen Enviormental Groups on Cap and Trade -
Member governors of the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord (MRGGRA) will hear today from environmental groups that they want the states to move forward with cap and trade and an aggressive renewable electricity standard.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Laugh of the Week -
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
China Sets 15% Renewable Energy Target -
China establishes a new renewable energy goal - but is it substantive?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Japan's New Prime Minister Promises GHG Reductions of 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 -
Japan's PM commits to a 25% reduction in GHGs - with a catch.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Indiana: Duke Energy Indiana Launches Carbon Offsets Program -
Duke Energy Indiana has launched a program for its customers interested in offsetting the greenhouse gas emitted from their electricity consumption.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Regional Study: Climate Change Will Increase Fires in Western States -
A recent Harvard University scientific study predicts that increases in atmospheric temperature will significantly increase wildfires.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
California: State Poised to Establish a Mandatory 33% Renewable Electric Standard -
In a first-in-the-nation move, California energy regulation is about to go where no state has gone before on renewable energy.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Texas: NRG looking to test carbon capture technologies at plant in Texas -
NRG Energy announced last week that it filed an application with the US Department of Energy to test and demonstration a new CCS technology at its WA Parish power plant near Houston, Texas.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Southern Company Announces NRG Energy as New Partner at National Carbon Capture Center -
NRG Energy, Inc. joins the U.S. Department of Energy's National Carbon Capture Center.
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