Category: Electricity

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »

Report: New efficiencies could ease strain on power markets

New measures to reduce electricity use could curb growth in Texas’ peak power demand by 40 to 50 percent over the next two decades, eliminating the need to build that capacity and lowering prices for ratepayers, a new report shows.  More »

Obama plan might help boost climate talks

President Barack Obama’s proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.  More »

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]  More »

EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.  More »

Wholesale power cap goes up in Texas

The maximum price generators can charge for wholesale electricity in Texas’ competitive electricity market has increased to $7,000 per megawatt-hour.  More »

Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils

As with other issues, the regulation to limit the pollution blamed for global warming from power plants is a compromise for President Obama, who again finds himself caught between his aspirations and what is politically and legally possible.  More »

Top coal-power operator expects plant closures on Obama plan

American Electric Power Co. expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut.  More »

Shell may boost internal carbon price as emission rules tighten

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may boost the internal carbon emissions price it uses for planning new projects if governments tighten climate rules, according to an executive in its emissions unit.  More »

Analysis: Celebrities’ Keystone activism outweighs pipeline’s climate impact

Actress Daryl Hannah hasn’t chained herself to the White House fence in support of tougher power plant emissions. Maybe she should.  More »

Obama’s new carbon limits could boost gas demand

The Obama administration’s looming new plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could help boost electric utility’s demand for natural gas by as much as 45 percent, according to rough calculations from a leading industry trade group.  More »

Reliant hopes you’ll give up some control of the thermostat

Retail power provider Reliant is posing an intriguing question to customers: For a fee, would you be willing to give up some control of your thermostat?  More »

Power plant becomes a model for cleaner operation

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.  More »

EU eyes plan to diversify energy but no easy fixes

The European Union’s executive has proposed a strategy to secure the bloc’s energy supplies — and notably reduce its reliance on Russia — by seeking new supplies from the Caspian Sea, the Mediterranean, and increasing use of transportable Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG.  More »

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.  More »