A Senate hearing concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sweeping clean power plant rule featured testimony from state officials opposing new carbon-dioxide regulations EPA is expected to finalize in the summer of 2015.
John Eick, director of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, says it is difficult to respond to the rule without knowing what it will be.
“One of the main challenges in addressing the Clean Power Plan now is that no one knows precisely what the final rule is going to look like or if the regulation will be able to survive numerous legal challenges,” Eick said.
Testimony from state officials from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Wyoming at the March Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing questioned whether CPP would be legal and highlighted hardships states would face if it is implemented.
“Wisconsin officials at the state Department of Natural Resources and the Public Service...
In the previous decade, 29 states and the District of Columbia established mandates known as renewable portfolio standards (RPS) that require utilities to derive a designated percentage of their electricity from renewable sources by a specific date.
Legislators hoped the mandates would reduce their states’ dependence on fossil fuels and reduce energy costs.
In some states the initial enthusiasm for renewable mandates appears to be fading, because renewable energy has failed to deliver the cheap...
With a stroke of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's pen, House Bill 40 banning Texas municipalities’ ability to regulate oil and gas operations within city limits, except in very limited circumstances, became law.
The new law was a response to Denton voters’ decision in November 2014 to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city. Under limited circumstances cities would still be allowed to regulate surface activity, such as the distance wells must be from residences or businesses, or for light or...
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