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Fights over natural gas ban for new buildings spread across U.S.

Wall Street Journal ($): A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →

EPA suggests FERC consider gas pipelines as potential stranded assets

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staked out a new position on federal reviews of interstate natural gas pipelines, advising the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh the potential for “carbon lock-in” and the “costly irreversibility” of building such infrastructure. The EPA, as a representative of the Biden administration, has the […]

June 1, 2021 Read More →

Gauging ambition of U.S. climate goal depends on the starting point

New York Times ($): The United States officially has a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade. So how ambitious is it? President Biden announced Thursday that America would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. That’s one of the more aggressive […]

April 22, 2021 Read More →

New EPA proposal not likely to end disputes over new gas pipeline projects, experts say

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Even as industry welcomes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal aimed at preventing states from blocking infrastructure projects, experts say that the policy is unlikely to give gas pipelines the boost they want. The Aug. 9 rule-making proposal — the latest volley in a battle between states and the […]

August 16, 2019 Read More →

Court rules EPA guidelines for coal wastewater, leachate need to be tightened

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A federal appeals court vacated two provisions of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power plants to treat toxic waste streams because the regulations illegally relied on decades-old technology. The April 12 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit dealt a fresh blow to the […]

April 16, 2019 Read More →

EPA coal plan not likely to change utility plans—S&P

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): After years of shying away from building new coal-fired generation, U.S. electric utilities remain cautious about investing in their existing coal fleets, despite the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Obama-era restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions. Responses from about 20 electric utilities had several common themes: they already completed many […]

September 12, 2018 Read More →

EPA plan won’t change price advantage of gas over coal

The New York Times: America’s ailing coal industry was buoyed on Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal to relax pollution regulations on coal-fired power plants. President Trump traveled to West Virginia to tout the planned measure, telling supporters, “We’re putting our great coal miners back to work.” Yet the reality on the […]

August 23, 2018 Read More →

Bays: Coal ‘failing to compete’ with natural gas

CNN Money: Coal is dying because of dirt-cheap natural gas. The rise of renewable energy isn’t helping. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday an effort to prop up coal by replacing Obama-era carbon emission policies known as the Clean Power Plan. But the regulatory reversal is unlikely to spark a coal comeback. Coal’s true nemeses […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Opponents planning court battle for new power plan

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Opponents of President Donald Trump’s replacement of the Clean Power Plan are publicly blasting the proposal in hopes of gaining public support for a campaign against implementing the rule before challenging it in court should it become finalized. The administration’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule will likely a face […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Long odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal

Wall Street Journal ($): The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer. The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is […]

August 20, 2018 Read More →