19 January 2015 2015 06:30 AM GMT

U.S. Administration Slammed for Delaying Carbon Regulations for Power Plants

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity has criticised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power units under its Clean Power Plan to by mid-summer 2015.

The EPA also unveiled plans to create a new federal model optional for states to implement under the proposed standards.  The regulations were due in June.

“Rather than looking to work together to reach commonsense and practical energy guidelines in 2015, the administration is doubling down on its climate crusade at the expense of our economy and our people,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “The administration is turning a deaf ear to mounting concerns being raised by energy experts, grid operators and state officials and is instead continuing its ‘go at it alone’ mentality—all to fulfill a misguided presidential legacy.”

The proposed regulations have been the subject of serious concerns at the state level, with officials in many states calling into question the legality and reliability issues associated with the proposed rule. In addition, as of last fall a total of thirteen attorneys general and fifteen governors had reached out to the EPA and President Barack Obama requesting that the agency withdraw its proposed carbon rule.

In October, NERA Economic Consulting released new analysis projecting significant negative economic impacts resulting from EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The report, which relies on conservative data and often EPA’s own assumptions, showed double-digit energy cost increases as a result of the agency’s regulations.

Coal provides nearly 40% of electric power in the US, making it the most used feedstock for electricity generation. The coal-based power industry has led in developing ways to use our most reliable, affordable and abundant energy resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before, investing nearly US$120 billion so far to reduce emissions by 90 percent and putting in an additional $27 billion between now and 2016.

August 16th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

November 19th 2018
US: EIA Data Shows Renewables Outpacing Nuclear Power In Electrical Generation

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is showing that electrical generation by renewable sources has edged past nuclear power. Additionally, wind and solar now provide 10% of the nation’s electricity, overall; with solar alone surpassing biomass and geothermal combined. Significantly, solar now triples electrical generation by oil. In addition, the data reveals that solar and wind both showed strong growth with solar (i.e., utility-scale + distributed PV) expanding by 27.6% and wind by 11.2%. Combined, they accounted for nearly a tenth of the nation’s electrical generation.

January 26th 2017
Largest Offshore Wind Farm In US Gets Go Ahead: New York Makes Bold Commitment

The vote comes two weeks after Governor Cuomo announced an unprecedented commitment to developing up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030 in his regional State of the State address on Long Island. This target, which is enough power generation for 1.25 million homes, is the largest commitment to offshore wind energy in U.S. history, bringing this valuable resource to New Yorkers on a scale unmatched in the United States. The 90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm, 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with clean, resilient and affordable Energy.

August 12th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

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