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New Economic Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Suggests Regional Plans and Renewables May Ease Overall Burdens

PJM Interconnection (“PJM”), the nation’s largest grid operator, recently analyzed the economic impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Clean Power Plan on electric power generation. The analysis indicates that regional compliance plans could have lower compliance costs than state-specific plans, and that the use of renewables may slow the pace of retirement for fossil-fuel based generating units.

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  • 05
  • February
  • 2015


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Days of FutureGen Past

On February 4, the Department of Energy (DOE) cancelled its proposed $1 billion funding for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project located near Meredosia, Illinois, essentially killing the project. DOE stated that it cancelled funding for the project because it would not be completed by the September 2015 deadline required under the terms of DOE’s loan guarantee program.

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House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Issues New Report Citing Problems with EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On December 16, 2014, the Energy and Commerce Committee majority staff released a report highlighting what it considers to be the shortcomings with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. These criticisms highlight the ongoing divide over what actions the administration should take to regulate greenhouse gases.

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan Receives Support from Businesses and Economic Study by Environmental Group

On November 19, 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) released an issue brief, finding that the power sector and its customers could save nearly $2 billion in 2020 and $6.4 billion in 2030 while meeting the EPA’s carbon reduction targets. According to the brief, greater reliance on renewable sources of energy and on using energy more efficiently could result in substantial savings.

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