Tagged with States

Virginia & RGGI Compliance with the Clean Power Plan [Fact Sheet]

Acadia Center http://acadiacenter.org/document/va-and-rggi-compliance-with-clean-power-plan/ [From a Climate Wire article by Scott Detrow, sub. req’d] A new study from a clean energy advocate is urging Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. That’s despite the fact that a bill doing just that stalled in the Commonwealth’s Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year, and never saw a vote. … Continue reading

Review of California’s Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides

National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21664/review-of-californias-risk-assessment-process-for-pesticides The California Department of Pesticide Regulation(DPR)conducts human health risk assessments as part of its mission to ensure the protection of workers and public health in the state. The risk assessments identify potential health hazards posed by pesticides, characterize dose-response relationships, and estimate exposure to characterize potential risks to humans. Over the … Continue reading

Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study

Maine Public Utilities Commission http://www.nrcm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MPUCValueofSolarReport.pdf [Environmental Valuation and Cost Benefit News] The Maine Public Utilities Commission has released a study that gives a quantitative value for solar power produced in Maine. The study was in response to legislation passed last year. It focused on “distributed” solar, meaning solar that is located at or near the place where … Continue reading

A Handbook for the States: Incorporating Renewable Energy into State Compliance Plans for EPA’s Clean Power Plan”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx?ItemNumber=7377 [From Press Release] The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have jointly published a handbook for states detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, … Continue reading

Enhancing Compliance Flexibility under the Clean Power Plan: A Common Elements Approach to Capturing Low-Cost Emissions Reductions

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University / by Jonas Monast, Tim Profeta, Jeremy Tarr, and Brian Murray http://bit.ly/1arx0uZ As states and stakeholders evaluate compliance options under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, many recognize the potential economic benefits of market-based strategies. In some states, however, market approaches trigger administrative and political hurdles. … Continue reading

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

CNA Analysis & Solutions /  by Paul Faeth http://www.cna.org/research/2015/impacts-epas-clean-power-plan [From a Greenwire article by Annie Snider, sub. req’d] Allowing Texas to implement U.S. EPA’s plan to lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants more slowly would bring a steep cut in the amount of water consumed in the state, according to a new study … Continue reading

Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Implications for Management and Restoration — the Eastern Shore

US Geological Survey / By Scott W. Ator and Judith M. Denver http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1406/pdf/circ1406.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Tiffany Stecker, sub. req’d] The Chesapeake Bay’s heavily farmed Eastern Shore contributes twice as much nutrient pollution per square mile of land than other parts of the sprawling watershed, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report … Continue reading