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Electricity industry officials on Wednesday raised concerns that upcoming environmental regulations will force plant shutdowns that could threaten grid reliability, but they stressed the government has tools to stave off such problems.
Dallas-based Luminant Generation Co. asked the Environmental Protection Agency to further ease an upcoming power-plant emissions rule to allow companies to better adhere to stricter standards.
The EPA has strongly rejected concerns the rules would cause electric reliability problems. EPA officials have cited 40 years of Clean Air Act rules that haven’t caused a single incident.
Growth in electricity demand will outstrip capacity additions in the Texas electricity system in the coming decade, reducing excess capacity and raising the risk of reliability problems as soon as 2013, a new analysis suggests.
Group say spending cuts from deficit talks’ failure will imperil environmental programs, regulations
An advocacy group says automatic spending cuts resulting from failed deficit-reduction talks would probably further starve U.S. agencies of the funding they rely on to administer environmental programs.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it will delay its first-ever standards for greenhouse-gas emissions from oil refineries.
Environmentalists and Democrats on Friday pressed for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, seizing on the United Nations’ finding that climate change probably will increase certain extreme weather events.
Two future emissions rules for power plants would encourage electric utilities to spend cash they’ve held onto during the sluggish economic recovery, creating jobs and increasing business for the power sector’s supply-chain companies, a group said in a report. The group also has challenged claims by Texans and others that the two EPA rules would cost jobs.
Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton raised concerns that the Obama administration could try to make Energy Secretary Steven Chu the “fall guy” in a flap over a government loan guarantee to a now-bankrupt solar panel company.
The Obama administration on Wednesday formally proposed a rule that would double the average fleetwide fuel economy for passenger vehicles by 2025 and would deliver benefits that officials said would far exceed the costs.