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  • 04
  • January
  • 2016

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). As part of a heavily negotiated Congressional bargain to lift the crude oil export ban, the Act includes provisions that extend certain tax credits for renewable energy under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), including the credits for wind and solar energy.

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  • 23
  • December
  • 2015

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Happy Holidays

The writers of the Climate Change Blog and all of us at V&E wish you a safe and joyous holiday season. We will be taking some time away from the blog, but will return the week of January 4, 2016.

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DOT Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

As described in this previous post, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order 13693, directing key federal agencies to develop “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans” that explain how they will achieve specified sustainability goals and reduce direct emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2025. As directed by EO 13693, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan in June 2015.

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  • 01
  • December
  • 2015

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Federal Agencies Release Plans to Reduce Their Own GHG Emissions

On November 23, 2015, the Obama Administration unveiled a series of plans—called “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans”—detailing how various federal agencies will reduce their direct emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 40 percent by 2025. This is the first in a series of posts that will examine how various agencies intend to meet the President’s emission reduction target.

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  • 27
  • October
  • 2015

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India Submits Climate Plan Ahead of UN Paris Summit

In anticipation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Summit this December, India submitted a plan to reduce its GHG emissions just hours before the UN's deadline on October 8. Under the Lima Accord reached at last year's summit, which this blog reports on here, participating countries agreed to submit such climate plans -- also known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) -- over the course of this year.

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  • 02
  • October
  • 2015

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The Clean Power Plan’s Building Block 1: Efficiency Improvements at Affected Coal-Fired Steam EGUs

This is the second in a series of posts explaining the “building blocks” that EPA used to determine emission goals for existing power plants in the Clean Power Plan. This post focuses on what EPA calls building block 1. Building block 1 consists of measures that improve heat rate at coal-fired steam electric generating units (“EGUs”).

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  • 18
  • September
  • 2015

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The Clock has Started on EPA’s Newly Proposed Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

On September 18, 2015, EPA published two proposed rules for the oil and gas sector in the Federal Register: (1) New Source Performance Standards for methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) emissions, and (2) new methods of defining the terms “source” and “adjacent” that that may significantly affect the applicability of major source permitting programs to activities in the oil and gas sector.

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