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MPUC to Disburse up to $2.5 Million from RGGI Trust Fund: Applications Due August 10

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) is seeking applications from eligible Maine energy intensive manufacturing businesses for disbursements from Maine’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Trust Fund to off-set...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution...more

Does MassDEP Have Authority to Regulate Electric Generating Emissions Under Section 3(d) of the GWSA? I’m Not So Sure.

As I have previously noted, I sympathize with the difficulties faced by MassDEP in trying to implement the SJC decision in Kain. However, that does not mean that MassDEP can simply take the easy way out. After rereading...more

DEP Is Trying to Implement Kain. How Are They Doing?

When the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Kain that § 3(d) of the Global Warming Solutions act requires MassDEP to promulgate emission limits for multiple source categories, requiring declining annual emissions enforceable in...more

RGGI Is a Success Story. When Will It Be Obsolete?

When RGGI was first implemented, I heard Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, say more than once that the purpose of RGGI wasn’t really to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or jump...more

The Long and Winding Road of the Clean Power Plan Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is without a doubt one of the most complex and controversial regulatory undertakings in the EPA’s history, so much so that it was challenged in court – twice – before it was even published in the...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - The bipartisan Senate energy bill is on hold, following a disagreement over federal aid to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. In the meantime, President Obama released his fiscal year...more

RGGI states comment on Clean Power Plan

by PretiFlaherty on

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have submitted joint comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency in connection with its Clean...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - With the November 20 deadline looming, Congress will focus much of this week on the surface transportation bill as House and Senate conferees try to quickly negotiate differences on H.R. 22...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate: Congress returns from the Columbus Day holiday this week to full schedules in both chambers, including several energy and environment hearings of interest. In the meantime, the Obama...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - Congress is in recess this week for the Columbus Day holiday, but will return next week with full schedules in both chambers. The House will focus heavily on the leadership race to...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2015

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Getting the Most Out of The Clean Power Plan (Part 3 of...

On August 3, the Obama Administration released the much anticipated final Clean Power Plan (CPP). The nation’s first ever standard to address power plan pollution has an ambitious overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 32%...more

Legislative Roundup on Energy from the New England States

On Thursday, September 10, The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) hosted its third annual Legislative Roundup. The event brought together clean energy advocates and technology developers from around the Northeast to...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Regional Analysis

by K&L Gates LLP on

EPA’s recently issued Clean Power Plan (“CPP” or “Plan”) affects every state differently. The Plan has a decidedly nationwide impact—reducing the United States’ power plant greenhouse gas emissions 32 percent by the year...more

Stop the Presses: RGGI Works

When the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was first implemented, there were questions regarding how much of an impact it would actually have on GHG emissions. I recall Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Environmental Affairs in...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Maine RGGI report 2015: price impact "relatively modest", programs helpful

by PretiFlaherty on

For 8 years, states in the Northeastern U.S. have participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, the first market-based greenhouse gas regulatory program in the United States, represents a cooperative effort...more

EPA Publishes its Proposed Regulations for Existing Power Plants – Starting the Public Comment Period

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its June 2, 2014, proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. The act of publication...more

Is RGGI in New Jersey's and Pennsylvania’s Future?

With the release of EPA’s proposed regulation of CO2 from existing sources on June 2, there has been a lot of speculation that states will look to cap-and-trade schemes as a means of complying with EPA’s mandate that the...more

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

Is RGGI in Pennsylvania’s Future?

by Reed Smith on

Cap and trade may play a major role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled electric generating facilities. On June 2, 2014, EPA issued a...more

EPA Releases Significant Proposed Rule to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants - Proposed Rule Is Part of...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

EPA's proposed rule is focused on limiting the carbon intensity of fossil fuel-fired power plants (commonly referred to as electric generating units or EGUs) by adopting goals to limit overall carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

EPA Announces “Clean Power Plan” to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

by BakerHostetler on

On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. According to the EPA, temperatures have been rising since...more

EPA Releases Proposal To Cut Carbon Dioxide

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of its proposed rule on "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating...more

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