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CPP Keep or Kill: Washington to Hear from Coal Country at EPA Clean Power Plan Meeting Tuesday

CPP Keep or Kill: Washington to Hear from Coal Country at EPA Clean Power Plan Meeting Tuesday

From the Casper Star Tribune The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a listening session Tuesday in Gillette to discuss the Clean Power Plan. The federal agency responsible for the emissions-cutting Clean Power Plan will hold a public meeting today in Gillette, one of only three across the country this season as the agency plans to dissolve the Obama-era rule. The Clean Power Plan would have dealt a painful blow to one of Wyoming’s key industries, and both its supporters and opponents are lining up to speak at the event in coal country. Many of the arguments will be familiar to those who have followed the development, and more recent devolution, of the Clean Power Plan. Supporters say regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions are a necessary step towards combating climate change. Others will criticize the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation as an unwieldy and ineffective tool that targeted the coal industry. Some[Read More…]

March 27, 2018 - 1:01 pm Closing Bell Story, Energy News
EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

EPA Chief Pulls Plug on Clean Power Plan

For coal the damage is already done, plants are switching to natural gas Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to repeal the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). “After reviewing the CPP, EPA has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority,” the agency said in a press release today. “Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement. The CPP was a product of the Obama administration that came about in 2014 and 2015, a few years after President Obama famously announced his intent to kill the U.S. coal industry. But the CPP was put on hold in February 2016, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unprecedented stay of the rule. “EPA will[Read More…]

Shrinking Red Tape Moves Energy Projects Forward

Shrinking Red Tape Moves Energy Projects Forward

Mining states celebrate HJR 38, Keystone XL back on track, CPP still an unknown Several stalled or presumed dead energy projects are back in the driver’s seat in 2017, and the new team running things in Washington, both at the White House and in Congress, has moved rapidly in the past month to begin to rollback some of the growth-stifling regulations that came into being during the previous eight years. Energy projects: HJR 38 overturns Stream Protection Rule Wyoming Governor Matt Mead applauded President Trump’s decision to sign House Joint Resolution 38, overturning the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSMRE) stream protection rule. The rule conflicted with the Surface Mining Coal Reclamation Act, which gives States the power to be the primary regulators of coal mining. “Wyoming has the experience, the expertise and the programs required to ensure the protection of our natural resources,” said Governor Mead. “The national[Read More…]

February 20, 2017 - 2:16 pm Closing Bell Story, Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
The Future of Natural Gas Growth, Renewables Growth Depends on the Clean Power Plan

The Future of Natural Gas Growth, Renewables Growth Depends on the Clean Power Plan

If the CPP passes, natural gas growth will double and renewables will show much stronger growth: EIA The extent to which renewables and natural gas continue to grow in terms of their overall percentage in the energy generation mix in the United States will depend on the future of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to new data from the EIA. The future of the Clean Power Plan remains undecided currently. In May of this year, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made an unusual decision and announced that oral arguments to assess the merits of the EPA’s program would take place before a nine-judge panel. Typically, arguments would first be reviewed by a three-judge panel before parties appealed the case to the full panel of judges. Fate of Clean Power Plan: September 27 The decision to put the case before the full panel of judges is believed to have[Read More…]

D.C. Court Delays Clean Power Plan Hearing by more than Three Months

D.C. Court Delays Clean Power Plan Hearing by more than Three Months

D.C. court makes rare decision to bypass three-judge panel for Clean Power Plan review In an unusual move, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced that oral arguments to assess the merits of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will now take place before a nine-judge panel, bypassing review of challenges by a three-judge panel. The original three-judge panel was scheduled to begin on June 2; the date for the hearing before the larger panel, or en banc court, has now been moved to September 27. The court did not explain its decision to reschedule arguments, but the measure is generally expected to speed up the litigation process because it precludes parties from appealing a ruling to the court’s full panel. “Normally, the case would start with the three-judge panel, and because it’s a controversial issue, the loser would likely ask for en banc review by the full Court of Appeals before appealing[Read More…]

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Update: U.S. Chamber, 27 States, 150 Organizations File Opening Brief Against EPA Power Plant Rule

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Update: U.S. Chamber, 27 States, 150 Organizations File Opening Brief Against EPA Power Plant Rule

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Begins The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today, along with a coalition including officials from 27 states and more than 150 other organizations representing a wide range of the American economy, presented opening arguments in the D.C. Circuit against the EPA’s power plant rule associated with the Clean Power Plan. Visit interactive map. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay request from the U.S. Chamber and others preventing EPA from moving forward with its rule until the conclusion of judicial proceedings. Earlier, the D.C. Circuit denied the motion for stay and granted the motion for expedited briefing, setting oral argument for June 2, 2016. However, on Feb. 9, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the rule that will remain in force through the period of judicial review. The case first will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Today’s[Read More…]

The Clean Power Plan has a New Chance at Life

The Clean Power Plan has a New Chance at Life

The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia complicates matters around the Clean Power Plan The passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last weekend leaves open a seat on the country’s highest court, and it leaves open the door to a great deal of uncertainty with regards to the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The Supreme Court took unprecedented action prior to Scalia’s sudden passing by staying the implementation of the Clean Power Plan until the court had time to make a decision. In a 5-4 vote, split along ideological lines, the conservative justices voted to halt the process of EPA regulations before they could take effect. This move was thought to be the precursor to the eventual demise of the proposed environmental rules, with a majority of the justices openly opposed to the EPA’s plans. The picture has changed radically with the death of Scalia, however. The court[Read More…]

Energy Producers – Don’t Ever Underestimate the Environmental Activists

Energy Producers – Don’t Ever Underestimate the Environmental Activists

The warning for energy producers in Colorado came from Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Guith’s warning was delivered during a panel discussion with a group of oil and gas industry professionals, two U.S. congressmen, petroleum engineering students and professors at the Colorado School of Mines. The topic was “Lifting the Oil Export Ban & What It Means for Colorado.” The U.S. Chamber’s energy policy chief, who was one of the panelists, offered further observations about the inside-the-government acceleration to shut down the fossil fuel industry in an interview with Oil & Gas 360®. “This is a very quiet industry. In the operations world, you’ve got truck drivers, geophysicists and engineers.” Guith described how these are not people whose jobs typically train them to go out in public and communicate the benefits of the industry they work in; they’re busy[Read More…]

Hatch, Barrasso and Enzi Introduce Senate Bill to Stop Frac Regulation Duplicity

CPP: Motion to Stay EPA Clean Power Plan Denied by D.C. Court

A coalition of 27 states and industry groups had hoped to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan from taking action by filing a motion to stay in the District of Columbia circuit court. Today, the court announced that it has denied that motion and further ordered that consideration of the appeals “be expedited.” In its decision, the court said that the “petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review.” The court asked that the parties agree to a format by January 24, and added that oral arguments will begin on June 2. The states battling the CPP in court have called the legislation an unlawful federal bid to control state power grids. The motion is being spearheaded by West Virginia and Texas, but includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina,[Read More…]

January 21, 2016 - 6:38 pm Closing Bell Story, Politics & Opinions, Regulatory
Coal Under Fire: Clean Power Plan Begins

Coal Under Fire: Clean Power Plan Begins

27 States are Suing to Stop the CPP, Where do Things Stand? On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Clean Power Plan, which is described on the EPA website as “a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change.” The Clean Power Plan mandates the federal government through that agency to zero in on the carbon emissions coming out of coal-fired power plants. The rule officially takes effect Dec. 22, 2015 – tomorrow. The CPP has a goal of reducing carbon emissions from U.S. electricity generators by 32% by 2030. Many of the U.S. coal-fired power plants won’t be able to achieve that goal without retrofits that are cost-prohibitive. As a result of ever strengthening air pollution rules, power companies have started closing coal plants or converting them to natural gas-fired electricity generation plants. For the month of April 2015, natural gas surpassed coal as the[Read More…]

API: Oil and Gas Industry’s $90 Billion Investments are a “Driving Force” in Emissions Reduction

API: Oil and Gas Industry’s $90 Billion Investments are a “Driving Force” in Emissions Reduction

Oil and gas sector leading the way emissions technology investments from 2000 to 2014 Since 2000, the oil and gas industry has invested more capital in carbon emission technologies than the automotive, electric utilities and agriculture processor sectors combined, according to a new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute (API). From 2000 to 2014, the oil and gas industry has privately invested approximately $90 billion to emission technologies. The total represents nearly 30% of total United States investment, which stands at about $303 billion. The federal government set an emissions spending benchmark for the peried at $110 billion. In a conference call addressing the study, Jack Gerard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the API, said, “This study demonstrates how market-driven, private-sector leadership can achieve public policy goals more quickly and more efficiently than government programs and mandates.” Contributing to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan The dedicated capital has decreased[Read More…]

Source: Indianaaffairs.gov

Stagnant Electricity Demand, Cheap NatGas and Weak Coal Export Markets are Reducing the Need for Coal

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its data for the number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013, showing that the year had the lowest number of active coal mines since the administration began tracking numbers in 2003. In 2013, 103 mines came online as 271 were idled or closed, resulting in a 14% decline in the total number of producing mines from 2012 to 2013, according to the EIA. The 2013 total was 397 fewer coal mines than in 2008, when coal production was at its highest. Preliminary 2014 data on coal production from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicated a slight increase both in production and in new and reactivated mines for 2014, these levels will still be below previous levels, according to the EIA. The decline in the number of active coal mines in the U.S. reflects reduced investment in the coal[Read More…]

September 23, 2015 - 2:34 pm Oil and Gas 360 Articles
Presidential Candidates on Energy:  Sanders

Presidential Candidates on Energy: Sanders

Sanders wants to kill Keystone, transform system away from fossil fuels Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, campaigning for the Democrat Party nomination for president, issued statements about his energy position after the administration’s Clean Power Plan was announced in August. As quoted by the Des Moines Register, Sanders said: “President Obama understands that climate change is the great planetary crisis facing us and that we must move boldly to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. “We must also kill the Keystone XL pipeline which would facilitate the excavation and transportation of some of the dirtiest oil on the planet. “… it sounds to me like a step forward in ending our dependence on fossil fuel and I support that effort.” Important disclosures: The information provided herein is believed to be reliable; however, EnerCom, Inc. makes no representation or warranty as to its completeness[Read More…]

September 4, 2015 - 1:01 pm Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Politics & Opinions, Regulatory
Coal vs. Natural Gas: NatGas Takes the Lead

Coal vs. Natural Gas: NatGas Takes the Lead

As natural gas prices come more in-line with coal, generators make the switch This chart, provided by EnerCom Analytics, shows the increasing use of natural gas as opposed to coal for electrical generation. April 2015, marked the first time ever that natural gas was responsible for more electrical power generation than coal. The grey and red bars show the percentage of power generation coal and natural gas are responsible for, with 100% representing the total power generation from just those two power sources. The green and black lines show the price of both commodities, with coal adjusted to $ per Mcfe to ensure that the price comparison is on an energy equivalent basis. As the cost of natural gas continues to decline, there is a substitution effect of swapping coal use for the less greenhouse-gas (GHG) intense natural gas by companies generating electrical power. There has been an increasing push[Read More…]

August 14, 2015 - 5:58 pm Chart of Week, Oil and Gas 360 Articles
U.S. Congressman Ken Buck

U.S. Congressman Ken Buck talks to Oil & Gas 360®

OAG360: Are there any models for tax reform that you would like to see implemented here in the United States? Buck: Yeah. The chainsaw in my garage is what I think would work best. U.S. Congressman Ken Buck’s congressional district sits on top of 85% of Colorado’s oil production—70.1 million barrels in 2014. He is a federal lawmaker with a strong understanding of the importance of oil and gas production to both the U.S. and the seventh largest producing state. The topic of lifting the crude oil ban has been hotly debated, both by the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as opponents of the ban tout the benefits of exporting crude oil abroad, while others remain uncertain that allowing U.S. crude into the world market is really in the best interest the United States. House legislation (H.R. 702) would end the 40-year ban on the export of domestic[Read More…]

Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit 27-Year Low

Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit 27-Year Low

Carbon emissions from the power sector at lowest level since 1988 The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, according to information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This level of emissions is the lowest for any month since April 1988. In any year, April is typically the month with the lowest carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector, mainly because of mild weather. In April 2015, electricity generated from both coal and natural gas fell from their March levels, but because coal fell further than natural gas (18% versus 6%, respectively), generation from natural gas surpassed generation from coal for the month. April 2015 marked the first time ever that natural gas generated more electricity than coal in the United States. According to the EIA, in April, natural gas created 92,516 megawatt hours (Mwh) of electrical power, while coal[Read More…]

August 5, 2015 - 12:26 pm Chart of Week, Oil and Gas 360 Articles
EPA Raises Emissions Reduction Goal by 2% in Final Clean Power Plan

EPA Raises Emissions Reduction Goal by 2% in Final Clean Power Plan

Latest version of the bill offers greater flexibility with higher standards The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) today, with several changes made from the last version. The final version of the CPP targets carbon emission levels 32% below those in 2005, 2% lower than the last version of the bill, according to the White House fact sheet. In addition to the higher reduction target, the EPA pushed back the initial implementation deadline two years to 2022, and will allow states to select one of three measures on emissions in a move it says will give states flexibility in designing their emission reduction plans. The goal of the CPP is to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, nearly three-quarters of which come from CO2 emissions. The EPA notes, that while “fossil fuels will continue to be a critical component of America’s energy future,”[Read More…]

Six European Oil Majors Petition the UN to Instate a Carbon Tax

Six European Oil Majors Petition the UN to Instate a Carbon Tax

Yes, you read that correctly A group of the world’s largest oil companies is calling for the United Nations to issue a carbon tax on hydrocarbon development. All based in Europe, the six chief executives who were signatories to the letter to the United Nations are: BG Group (ticker: BG), BP plc (ticker: BP), Eni Corp. (ticker: E), Royal Dutch Shell (ticker: RDS.B), Statoil (ticker: STO), Total SA (ticker: TOT) The statement acknowledged climate change as an issue and expressed their devotion to limiting emissions and exploring new energy technologies. “For us to do more, we need governments across the world to provide us with clear, stable, long-term, ambitious policy frameworks. This would reduce uncertainty and help stimulate investments in the right low carbon technologies and the right resources at the right pace. We believe that a price on carbon should be a key element of these frameworks.” The supermajor[Read More…]

June 10, 2015 - 7:03 pm Oil and Gas 360 Articles
Coal Production Could Plummet 45% in Parts of the U.S. Due to the Clean Power Plan: EIA

Coal Production Could Plummet 45% in Parts of the U.S. Due to the Clean Power Plan: EIA

The Clean Power Plan could dramatically alter coal production, particularly in the West The Clean Power Plan, passed on June 2, 2014, is aimed at lowering carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 from power plants, many of them coal-fired. While it only accounts for 37% of all energy in the U.S., coal is responsible for 75% of carbon emissions, making it the primary target for emissions regulations. Those regulations will likely lower coal production throughout the United States, according to forecasts from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA’s analysis of the impacts of the Clean Power Plan predicts that levels of coal production will fall to levels last seen in the late 1970’s, with coal production in the West being particularly hard-hit. In all cases, production recovers by 2040, but never reaches the same levels as the EIA forecasts without the Clean Power Plan. Coal production in the West,[Read More…]

June 10, 2015 - 6:30 pm Oil and Gas 360 Articles
EPA Regulations Accused of Overstepping Constitutional Bounds

EPA Regulations Accused of Overstepping Constitutional Bounds

Harvard professor: Clean Power Plan is unconstitutional The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) intent to use the Clean Power Plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions is unconstitutional, says Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard University. Tribe recently filed comments with the EPA saying that the Clean Power Plan is “a remarkable example of executive overreach and an administrative agency’s assertion of power beyond its statutory authority.” Under the Clean Power Plan, the EPA will set targets for each state by identifying the “best system of emission reductions,” according to the White House. The White House release says it will be up to the states to decide how best to meet lower emission expectations, but Tribe says that the agency simply does not have the authority to enact the Clean Power Plan. According to an article Tribe wrote for The Wall Street Journal, the EPA would use the Clean Power[Read More…]

March 19, 2015 - 11:16 am Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory
EPA Accused of Overreaching its Authority with New Budget

EPA Accused of Overreaching its Authority with New Budget

The Committee on Energy and Commerce calls the EPA’s 2016 budget “more than enough” On February 25, the Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy held a hearing on President Obama’s 2016 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA requested a total budget of $8.6 billion for fiscal year 2016, $452 million more than the agency’s enacted level for fiscal year 2015, according to the EPA.   In the opening statements for the budget hearing, Ed Whitfield (R-KY) voiced concerns over how the money would be spent, saying: “This amount is more than enough to allow the Agency to perform its required duties under the Clean Air Act and all the other statutes that it administers. The problem is that the Obama EPA has strayed well beyond its legitimate functions and has embarked on an expansive regulatory agenda that is on shaky legal ground[Read More…]

February 27, 2015 - 3:04 pm Oil and Gas 360 Articles, Regulatory