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The DC Circuit Court Should Uphold the Clean Power Plan

Today a federal appeals court heard arguments on the cornerstone of the U.S. nationally determined contribution Near-term global climate action is paramount to reaching the goal set out by the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperature increases to well below 2°C. Specifically, the Paris Agreement invites all Parties to put forward their Intended Nationally Determined... continue reading »

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The Temporary Halt to Clean Power Plan Implementation Should Not Stall Climate Action

Less than two months ago, the international community negotiated a historic agreement recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and deciding on a plan of action to strengthen the global response by all parties. The United States, buoyed by new mandates to reduce emissions from... continue reading »

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CCAP comments support EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The Center for Clean Air Policy supports the Administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating units under the Clean Air Act. continue reading »

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Both Effective and Flexible, EPA‘s Proposed Rule Strikes a Sensible Balance

EPA’s proposed rule addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants establishes ambitious yet achievable standards for each state, and offers a number of implementation pathways such that each state can select the approach most likely to work for its own sources and citizens. In terms of stringency, the proposal calls on states to... continue reading »

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Expanding the Solution Set: How CHP Can Support 111(d) Compliance

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy using the same fuel. Replacing conventional boilers with CHP at industrial, commercial and institutional facilities improves the efficiency of energy use, and results in significant emissions reductions, both conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. And because CHP displaces electricity generation... continue reading »

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EPA Launches New Tool to Calculate Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy

EPA released its new ‘AVERT’ tool in February in recognition of the need for a more robust means of crediting energy efficiency and renewable energy in air regulation compliance plans. AVERT, which stands for AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool, is meant to enable state air regulators and clean energy project and program implementers to estimate... continue reading »

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Advancing Smart Greenhouse Gas Standards for Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act

Through smart regulatory design at both the federal and state levels, Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act can be used to achieve meaningful and cost-effective greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from existing power plants. Prior to issuing 111(d) regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set a standard for regulating GHGs from new power... continue reading »

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CHP Offers Opportunity for Industrial Competitiveness and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

By producing both electrical and thermal energy together from the same fuel, combined heat and power (CHP) can lower energy bills for users while at the same time reducing the amount of pollution associated with meeting electrical and thermal energy demand. Because CHP displaces electricity production, it offers a low-cost way of reducing greenhouse gas... continue reading »

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The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

Last week President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan that will support achievement of the U.S. commitment to reduce national carbon pollution in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 while redirecting our international development aid to foster clean energy choices in other countries. With the promised expeditious implementation of these measures, the President’s package will spur the reduction of carbon pollution from the power sector in the United States and provide new momentum to the international climate negotiations. continue reading »

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Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience

DC Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Plan on Feb. 20 that sets forth ambitious goals and metrics pertaining to climate and the environment. The 20-year program includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032, and enhancing the resilience of DC infrastructure to climate change impacts. continue reading »

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EPA Publishes Rule for Industrial Boiler Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency published its final Boiler MACT rule on January 31st. The Boiler MACT (maximum available control technology) requires emission reductions for the most polluting industrial boilers and incinerators under the authority of the Clean Air Act – including those used for both industrial processes and for electricity generation. continue reading »

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Has British Columbia Shown the Way?

A brief case study of a well-designed carbon tax As we look for safe ways to descend the fiscal cliff that will minimize harm to the economy, a carbon tax offers one possibility to raise revenues that could prevent an increase in income taxes or dire cuts in safety net programs. Integrated into a broader... continue reading »

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Calling on President Obama to Fulfill his Promise to Lead on Climate Change

With Hurricane Sandy fresh in our minds, this is an ideal time for President Obama to work once again to fulfill his promise to lessen the adverse effects of climate change through U.S. leadership, both at home and abroad, and to guide the country and the world toward a cleaner and less carbon-intensive 21st century... continue reading »

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Making the Case for Industrial Combined Heat and Power

US industry used more than 30 quadrillion BTU of energy in 2011 – more than 30 percent of domestic energy consumption – yet roughly one-third of energy used in industrial processes is lost as waste heat. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can capture this heat for productive use. continue reading »

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