Businesses Should Lead Way on Clean Power

Joanna Schroeder

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) are calling on the National Governors Association (NGA) to implement the federal Clean Power plan. If done correctly, states can reap benefits, say the groups, that come with a clean energy economy. NGA is preparing for its summer conference in West Virginia July 23-25, 2015, around the same time the …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity

GEA Good Source for Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

During the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum that took place in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2015, Karl Gawell, executive director for the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), called on bipartisan action. “In the world market, policymakers are working to address the upfront risk of geothermal projects and shortening lead times. Congress needs to take action on …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Geothermal, Video

How Renewables Fit in Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

How will the electricity energy mix change with the implementation of the Clean Power Plan? This question was reviewed in the latest Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Today in Energy. Using the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) as the baseline, the main compliance strategy to lower emissions rates as the proposed rule comes into effect is to increase natural gas-fired generation …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Study- Clean Power Plan Won’t Affect Reliability

Joanna Schroeder

The second study in a few days has been released that finds that implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will not negatively affect grid reliability. Analysis Group’s report, “Electric System Reliability and EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Tools and Practices,” addresses the impact of ongoing changes in the energy industry for stakeholders and offers recommendations to ensure reliability. …

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Energy, Environment, EPA

Wind Power Will Help Meet Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), adding more wind power to the U.S. electric grid can help the country meet the goals set out in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Carbon emissions will be reduced and the lights will stay on, said AWEA, as wind power is already providing …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Research, Wind

Clean Power Plan Won’t Affect Grid Reliability

Joanna Schroeder

Following the launch of the Clean Power Plan, concerns were raised about how adding renewable energy to the grid would affect reliability. According to a new report conducted by The Brattle Group, compliance is unlikely to materially affect reliability.  The report finds, “The combination of the ongoing transformation of the power sector, the steps already taken by system operators, the …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, energy efficiency

How to Power Up Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

According to an analysis conduced by the Union of Concern Scientists (UCS), states can cost-effectively produce nearly twice as much renewable electricity as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated in the Clean Power Plan. Increased renewable electricity growth could allow states to collectively cut heat-trapping carbon emissions from power plants by as much as 40 percent below 2005 levels rather …

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, energy efficiency, Geothermal, Solar, Wind

Fight Over Clean Power Plan Gets Dirty

Joanna Schroeder

I’ve written a bit about the Clean Power Plan – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce carbon emissions from utility plants by 30 percent by 2030. The plan has caused hope and consternation and both environmental groups and the utility industry is weighing in. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has cited a new disinformation campaign has …

bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Environment, Video

Clean Power Plan Should Give Utility Industry a Boost

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this week the EPA announced a legacy proposal that would reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 numbers. While much of the response from organizations was positive, may associations believe the proposed Clean Power Plan regulation will harm rural areas, not help. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the reduction in carbon will lead …

Agribusiness, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Electricity, Renewable Energy

EPA Officially Releases Clean Power Plan Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

In what could be an unprecedented move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency has released a proposed plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan is the first proposed policy that would cut CO2 from existing power plants – the single largest source …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Environment