Posts tagged #Energy Efficiency

Update on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Yesterday, EPA announced the comment period for its draft regulation of existing power plants under § 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act would be extended.  The comment period will now remain open until December 1, 2014.  Opinions vary on why EPA extended the comment period, but it seems safe to say that if additional time helps agencies at both the state and federal level and those submitting comments arrive at a more agreeable rule, the time is well spent. 

For those interested, Legal Planet, a collaboration between two leading law schools has compiled a wealth of information on the Rule that can be found here


EPA Region I to Discuss Clean Power Plan in Portland

Portland didn’t make the short list of official hearing locations (Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh (where all speaking slots were apparently full)) but it appears the Natural Resources Council of Maine has invited Region I Administrator, Curtis “Curt” Spalding, to Portland to discuss the Agency’s new regulations under § 111(d) of the CAA. While this doesn’t appear to be an official hearing (it’s not listed on EPA websites) it does present an opportunity to hear more about the CAA regulations and make comments or ask questions directly to the Region 1 Administrator. The event is being held Wednesday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lee Auditorium in the Wishcamper Center of U.S.M.  

EPA Clean Power Plan

After much anticipation, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the roll out of the new “Clean Power Plan” today (speech can be seen here). The draft Rule regulates greenhouse gas emissions from existing sources under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. It will take some time to digest the complexities of the Rule (after all, it’s 645 pages long), but here are the highlights of what we know at this point: