The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy

In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities. The proponents of carbon policy changes are caught between panic and despair. They came so close to implementing their policy regimes, and cannot now Read more about The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy[…]

Between FERC and a Hard Place

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is trying to avoid being drawn into the political battle over the regulatory agenda being pursued by the US EPA against fossil fuel emissions in the wave of new environmental regulations being issued by the agency.   US EPA knows it is only a few votes away from being overturned in Read more about Between FERC and a Hard Place[…]

How to Escape from our Regulatory Winter

We all want clean air and water. But we all live in a world requiring balancing of competing interests, of compromise, of trade-offs. And we are accountable for the choices we make.  Congress should be accountable for the laws it passes. We all want clean air and clean water—but we want the lights to stay Read more about How to Escape from our Regulatory Winter[…]

FERC MACT Strategy: A Roadmap for Reliability or Mayhem?

In March 2011, US EPA created a regulatory and political firestorm when it published Boiler MACT rule (requiring Maximum Available Control Technology be used in boilers, incinerators and power generation plants);the rules set emission limits to reduce the effects of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) generated by industry from boilers and process heaters located at universities, Read more about FERC MACT Strategy: A Roadmap for Reliability or Mayhem?[…]

High Efficiency is the Killer App of the Energy Future

It is not too soon to plan your market strategy for the next stage of the energy business cycle. While the Administration pursues its virtual war against coal by piling on one onerous regulation after another, throwing good money after bad picking energy industrial policy winners only to end up with losers, and Congress dithers Read more about High Efficiency is the Killer App of the Energy Future[…]

FERC Order 1000 is Looking Busy, while Not Solving the Electric Transmission Problems

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted Order 1000 on July 21, 2011 to push the line of scrimmage a little closer to the goal without getting sacked in the process.  Order 1000 attempts to speed up resolution of transmission issues by: Requiring a regional transmission planning process; Setting procedures to reconcile differing public policy Read more about FERC Order 1000 is Looking Busy, while Not Solving the Electric Transmission Problems[…]

Will the States SIP from the USEPA GHG Fire Hose?

There is a feud between the US Environmental Protection Agency and the States over the implementation of a flood of impending new regulations over greenhouse gas emissions.  For the states there is no sitting on the sidelines on this because failure to act means the Federal government will take over the traditional state responsibility and Read more about Will the States SIP from the USEPA GHG Fire Hose?[…]

New Rules for Federal Regulatory Accountability

A likely scenario for a wounded President unable to get his energy and environmental agenda through a disbelieving Congress is to use his executive authority to regulate everything that moves through the US EPA and other Federal agencies. The new Republican majority in the House should guard against this over-reach by adding regulatory process reform Read more about New Rules for Federal Regulatory Accountability[…]

Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority

“Congress’s inability to cap U.S. carbon emissions contributed to the failure to reach a global climate treaty last year in Copenhagen,” said PCAP Executive Director William Becker. “It now appears that Congress has failed again just months before international negotiators are set to reconvene. “Congress has passed the ball back to President Obama,” Becker said. Read more about Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority[…]

Climate Change Hits the Fan

Senate Majority Leader announced that he did not have the 60 votes to pass a climate change bill so the Senate was moving on to other business.  This was not new news, but it set off a food fight among the advocates of Waxman-Markey or variations of it to deal with climate change. The irony Read more about Climate Change Hits the Fan[…]