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Analysis: U.S. Renewables Expansion to Continue

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: President Donald Trump’s signing last Tuesday of an Executive Order to effectively nullify the U.S. Clean Power Plan signals the new administration’s support for the coal industry and intention to turns its back on Obama-era climate change efforts. However, the move “won’t derail U.S. decarbonization” due to the plummeting cost of […]

April 4, 2017 Read More →

U.S. Drop in Coal Usage Exceeds Expectations Envisioned in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Annalee Grant for SNL: In proposing the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. EPA envisioned a future in which coal was still king among generation fuels until at least 2020. But the actual generation mix for 2015 shows a present in which natural gas has stolen coal’s crown five years before the carbon-cutting rule for fossil […]

January 10, 2017 Read More →

Research Note: How Difficult Would It Be to Turn Back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

From UBS: CPP can be changed under Trump, but lots of hoops to jump through We held our latest conference call with Tom Lorenzen of Crowell & Morning to analyze what could happen to the Clean Power Plan putting a deeper context on the back of the latest election results. Mr. Lorenzen has over a […]

November 18, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Trump Runs Risk of Suffering LBJ-Like ‘Credibility Gap’ on Energy Markets

John H. Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News: Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump’s White House transition website, what he’d like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump’s Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these […]

November 14, 2016 Read More →

Op-Ed: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Has Proven Itself Already

William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly: Predictably, the plan has run into a determined legal assault from businesses, industry groups and more than two dozen states, many with economies that rely on coal mining or coal-fired electricity generation, and its fate now lies with the judicial branch. On Tuesday, the United States Court of […]

September 27, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: An Electricity Transformation Across the U.S.

Martha Roberts and Charlie Jiang for EDF.org: A power sector transformation is happening now because low-carbon energy is tremendously cost-effective. Prudent investments in clean energy are helping to create cleaner air and shared prosperity — and they’re also further demonstrating that the Clean Power Plan targets are eminently achievable, and that the rule’s approach builds […]

September 15, 2016 Read More →

Murray Energy’s $250,000 Gift Got a Closed-Door Meeting in Coal Industry Campaign to Sway State Attorneys General

Jennifer A Dlouhy for Bloomberg News: Murray Energy Corp. made a $250,000 donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year and, in return, the coal mining company’s chief executive got a closed-door meeting with state prosecutors to discuss the Obama administration’s regulation of power plants. Eleven days later, the attorneys general went to federal […]

September 8, 2016 Read More →

Largest U.S. Power Market Operator Sees Little Price Increase in EPA Clean Energy Plan

Jonathan Crawford for Bloomberg News: The operator of the largest U.S. power market said it can meet the Obama administration’s sweeping goals to tackle climate change while limiting the impact on power prices to a less than 3 percent rise. Power suppliers in the market, which covers parts of the U.S. mid-Atlantic and Midwest, can […]

September 2, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: EPA Chief Sees Clean Power Plan Surviving Court Challenge, Renewables on the Rise

Gina McCarthy for EPA.gov: One year ago today, I signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. EPA’s charge from the President was clear: to exercise our statutory authority to lay out steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act. […]

August 4, 2016 Read More →

Even States That Oppose U.S. Pollution Controls Are Preparing to Comply

Coral Davenport for the New York Times: Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental […]

July 20, 2016 Read More →