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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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What Midstream Businesses Need to Know About EPA’s Proposed Methane Air Emissions Rules

Midstream Business recently published an article by V&E partner George Wilkinson and associate Corinne Snow discussing the key aspects of EPA’s recently proposed regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector that will impact midstream operations.

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  • 02
  • September
  • 2015

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#CleanPowerPlan Live Twitter Chat

Vinson & Elkins hosted a live Twitter discussion on Thursday, Aug. 20 to talk about the Clean Power Plan rule and what it means for the energy industry. This recap of the chat includes questions and commentary from V&E lawyers, along with related graphs, charts and links to learn more.

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