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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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EPA Proposes Regulations to Require 40 to 45% Reduction in Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

On April, 18, 2015, EPA proposed rules that would directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, including from new or modified wells, and compressor stations. The proposal is a layer of additional regulation beyond the regulation of VOCs from oil and natural gas regulations that EPA finalized as subpart OOOO to the New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) in 2012.

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  • 17
  • August
  • 2015

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Clean Power Plan: An Overview of EPA’s New CO2 Emissions Standards for New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources

Concurrent with its issuance of final emission guidelines to limit CO2 emissions from existing sources under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, EPA issued performance standards (“NSPS”) to limit CO2 emissions from newmodified, and reconstructed sources under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act. The latter is a legal predicate to the former.

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EPA Proposes Credit Trading Schemes as Part of the Federal Plan for the Clean Power Plan

In addition to issuing the finalized Clean Power Plan rule, EPA simultaneously released a proposal for a carbon credit trading scheme to use in regions of the country where EPA has not approved a state plan. This proposed federal plan (FP) includes a proposal for either a rate- or mass-based federal trading scheme, as well as rate- and mass-based model trading programs that states can adopt as part of their own state plans.

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