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EPA’s historic GHG rules make natural gas the ‘gold standard’ for emissions

Source: Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The proposed standards, which now face a 60-day comment period before becoming final, are a logical reflection of today’s markets and the future of electricity generation, explained EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson as she announced the standards yesterday. The action is consistent with a move to cleaner-burning natural gas, “already the technology of choice,” said Jackson. The standards are the outcome of a court settlement reached between the agency and various environmental groups and states in 2010, which also mandates greenhouse gas standards from oil refineries.

Inhofe vows to kill proposed emissions rule as enviros praise it

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

U.S. EPA’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants is barely out of the gate, but Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has already vowed to kill it.

For New Generation of Power Plants, a New Emission Rule From the E.P.A.

Source: By FELICITY BARRINGER, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Obama administration’s proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants — the first ever — could go far toward closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation. The Obama administration’s proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants — the first ever — could go far toward closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation.
The draft rule, unveiled on Tuesday by Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour.
The draft rule, unveiled on Tuesday by Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour.

Forecasts project sustained growth, but at a slower pace

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Even with projected slower growth after 2012, wind energy could account for as much as 8 percent of the world’s electricity production by 2021, up from the current 2.26 percent of current global electricity production, a new report from the international consulting firm Navigant has found.

Interest grows in Senate for phaseout of production tax credit

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Amid growing pressure to extend a key wind industry tax credit, a growing number of senators are saying they would like to see the credit phased out over several years — a proposal the wind industry said yesterday it could support.

Noisy wind farm petition can move forward, judge rules

E&E • Posted: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A legal petition aimed at reinstating a state rule for curbing noise from a Maine wind farm can move forward, a judge ruled Friday, denying a motion for dismissal from the farm’s developer.

Americans split on energy production vs. environmental protection — poll

Source: Pamela King, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Americans are just about evenly divided on whether to prioritize energy production or environmental protection, according to the results of a new Gallup poll.

Lawmakers, advocates already looking to lame-duck vote on energy tax extenders

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Whatever happens on Election Day, members of the 112th Congress will have to return to Washington following their victory parties or concession speeches with a full slate of legislative business to complete before the year is over, including deciding whether to extend a suite of renewable energy tax breaks that are now scheduled to disappear after Dec. 31. Expectations that the lame-duck session will be a busy one are growing on Capitol Hill, as activity is expected to soon wind down so members can focus on their re-election campaigns. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers are looking forward to the end-of-the-year rush, which will be accompanied by the bruised feelings that inevitably follow a hard-fought election season.

Neighbors Win Court Round Over Wind Farm Noise

Source: DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Monday, March 26th, 2012

A legal petition aimed at reinstating a state rule for limiting noise at a controversial wind farm in Maine can proceed, a judge ruled on Friday, denying a motion from the farm’s developer, Fox Islands Wind, for dismissal.

Interior finalizes wildlife-protection guidelines for wind projects

Source: Laura Petersen, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Interior Department released voluntary guidelines for wind energy developers today aimed at limiting bird kills and minimizing other damage to natural resources. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the “common sense” guidelines should steer wind projects away from places where they would have an outsized impact on wildlife and provide developers certainty and flexibility.