Tagged with States

State Electric Efficiency Regulatory Frameworks

The Electric Foundation, Institute for Electricity Innovation http://www.edisonfoundation.net/iei/Documents/IEI_stateEEpolicyupdate_1214.pdf [Power Magazine] Electric utility spending and budgets for customer-funded energy efficiency programs have seen a 30% boost compared to 2010 levels and could double by 2025, thanks to expanding state policies, an updated report from the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) suggests. The report, “State Electric Efficiency Regulatory … Continue reading

Frack Attack: Pennsylvania’s Parks and Forests Threatened by Drilling

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center http://bit.ly/1wnyfTz [Wilkes Barre Union-Leader] A statewide environmental advocacy group Thursday released a study that concludes gas drilling is posing a “far-reaching” threat to parks, forests and public lands across Pennsylvania… The group’s study …lists five parks and forests that are “endangered by the threat of encroaching fracking, or have already … Continue reading

New York State: A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development

New York State Dept. of Health http://www.health.ny.gov/press/reports/docs/high_volume_hydraulic_fracturing.pdf [New York Times] … the long-awaited health study finally materialized, its findings made public during a year-end cabinet meeting convened by the governor in Albany. In a presentation at the cabinet meeting, the acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said the examination had found “significant public … Continue reading

Economic and Emissions Impacts of a Clean Air Tax or Fee in Oregon

State of Oregon, Legislative Revenue Office http://www.pdx.edu/nerc/sites/www.pdx.edu.nerc/files/carbontax2014.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Nathanael Massey, sub. req’d]   A carbon tax in Oregon would have minimal effects on jobs and the economy, paving the way for the state’s Legislature to pursue carbon pricing in 2015, according to an analysis by researchers at Portland State University’s Northwest … Continue reading

Causes and Predictability of the 2011-2014 California Drought

US NOAA http://1.usa.gov/1sdgv7L [From Press Release] According to a new NOAA-sponsored study, natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California’s ongoing drought. A high pressure ridge off the West Coast (typical of historic droughts) prevailed for three winters, blocking important wet season storms, with ocean surface temperature patterns making such a ridge … Continue reading

The California REDD+ Experience: The Ongoing Political History of California’s Initiative to Include Jurisdictional REDD+ Offsets within Its Cap-and-Trade System

Center for Global Development / by Jesse Lueders, Cara Horowitz, Ann Carlson, Sean B. Hecht and Edward A. Parson http://www.cgdev.org/publication/california-redd-experience-ongoing-political-history-californias-initiative-include For the last several years, California has considered the idea of recognizing, within its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, offsets generated by foreign states and provinces through reduced tropical forest destruction and degradation and related conservation … Continue reading

Pavillion Field Pit Review

Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission http://bit.ly/1yW6XUo [Caspar Star Tribune]  Regulators need to study 20 natural gas disposal pits to determine if a link exists between Pavillion’s gas field and the area’s contaminated drinking water, according to a draft report by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The study, one of three undertaken by the state … Continue reading

[State of Maryland] Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study, Part III: Final Report — Findings and Recommendations

Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources http://bit.ly/1xAlst6 [Baltimore Sun] Capping more than three years of study, the O’Malley administration declared Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas can be done safely in Western Maryland, but only after regulations are tightened to reduce air and water pollution and protect residents from well contamination, noise and … Continue reading

The Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Electricity Generation and Water Use in Texas

CNA Corp. http://www.cna.org/research/2014/water-use-texas [Press Release] CNA Corporation today released a report finding that under EPA’s proposed rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants, Texas’ power sector could cut water consumption by 21 percent, while reducing conventional air pollutants 29 percent by 2029. The water savings are enough water to fill Cowboys Stadium … Continue reading