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News Flash: Cap-and-Trade Remains the Most Efficient Way to Reduce Emissions

Notwithstanding Congressional gridlock on climate change legislation, cap-and-trade remains the tried and true efficient method for reducing air emissions. Although the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act are the most...more

EPA Issues New RFS Rule; Expands Advanced Biofuel Pathways

On July 2, EPA published a final rule that amends three separate sets of regulations relating to fuels. These regulations clarify the number of cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) that may be generated...more

Renewable Energy Update -- July 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas: Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v....more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: June 2014 #3

The Supreme Court partially upheld and partially rejected June 23 a set of Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations for major pollution sources, following a legal challenge from the utility industry. The 5-4...more

More Questions than Answers after Official Roll-out of “Clean Power Plan”

As discussed earlier in this blog, on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a prepublication copy of its “Clean Power Plan,” or proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from certain...more

EPA carbon rule: how it works

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a groundbreaking proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants. EPA's Clean Power Plan would require each state to develop a plan to limit the amount of...more

United States Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Carbon Dioxide Emissions Limits for Existing Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule, called the Clean Power Plan, limiting nationwide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired stationary...more

EPA Regulation of Power Plant Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Draft Rule for Existing Power Plants Released

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of its proposed rule that will, for the first time, limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing fossil-fuel fired electric utility generating...more

EPA announces carbon regulations for existing power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time...more

The Top 6 Takeaways From the EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule this yesterday that would regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. The rule would require reductions in CO2 emissions of 25 percent...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update - June 2014

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed CO2 standards for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule would require the nation’s fleet of existing power plants to reduce...more

Energy & Environment Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of...more

What’s the EPA Been Up To Lately?

Our wardens at the EPA are “racing to turn out new regulations before the clock runs out on President Obama’s term”, says The Hill. The EPA is revising its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal fired power plants....more

EPA to Roll Out Major Greenhouse Gas Proposal on June 2

On Monday, June 2, EPA and President Obama are expected to jointly announce one of the most significant environmental proposals of the past decade: Clean Air Act regulations that, if finalized, would require the reduction of...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of...more

Cement Kiln Operators Better Hope that Their Control Technology Works: D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA’s Affirmative Defense Rule

Last week was hazardous air pollutant regulation week at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. First, as we reported, the Court affirmed EPA’s mercury air toxics rule, determining that EPA need not take cost into account in...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

MISO Says Presque Isle Coal-Fired Plant Must Stay Open

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has concluded that the 431 MW Presque Isle coal-fired power plant must remain open for reliability reasons. As a result, it has denied the request by We Energies to suspend...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 28, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Greenhouse Gas Dispute Dismissed Over Lack of Standing to Sue - CourtHouse News - Oct 17: Environmental groups lack standing to challenge the Washington state Ecology Department's...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of October 21, 2013

Despite coming to an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling last week, Congress will continue to address these issues over the next three months through the fiscal year 2014 appropriations and yet...more

Sierra Club Ready To Sue On Alleged Air Quality Violations

As required under the federal Clean Air Act, the Sierra Club has filed a “notice of intent to sue” alleging at least 1330 air quality violations by DTE Energy coal-fired power plants: St. Clair, Belle River, and Trenton...more

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