Preparing for the Next Boom

It does not feel like recovery.  Recovery is a time for rationalizing the old and positioning for what is to come.  I know it seems like the economy is still in the ditch.  But now is the time to get to work preparing for the competitive, smart-grid enabled, distributed, global energy future. But first we Read more about Preparing for the Next Boom[…]

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[…]

EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal

The US EPA proposed new rules March 27, 2012 that limit the amount of carbon dioxide that may be emitted at new US power plants.  The notice of proposed rulemaking was careful to point out that the proposed rules would not apply to existing power plants, modified plants or those under construction. The practical effect Read more about EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal[…]

Sackett’s Sack US EPA at Supreme Court 9-0

This was a victory worth savoring. The US Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling overturned a lower court decision denying judicial review of an enforcement action decision by the US EPA  assertion that their property was a wetland. You may have seen this story on TV. It is a classic David and Goliath story of Read more about Sackett’s Sack US EPA at Supreme Court 9-0[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

Texas Requires Frac Cocktail Disclosure

New rules proposed by the Texas Railroad Commission requiring the disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing went into effect in the Lone Star State February 1, 2012 for all initial drilling permits issued after that date. The rules were adopted in response to a bill approved by the Texas Legislature in May 2011. Read more about Texas Requires Frac Cocktail Disclosure[…]

US EPA MACT Attack

To ring in the New Year, your friends at the US EPA issued the final Utility MACT rule. At 1, 117 pages it might take you a while to get through it. So conveniently, EPA prepared measured doses of the MACT medicine for you in four separate fact sheets: Benefits and Costs Summary of the Read more about US EPA MACT Attack[…]

Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?

The conventional wisdom is that the US EPA’s virtual war on fossil fuels especially coal is part of a concerted policy prescription to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the world from the consequences of global warming, climate crisis or climate change as it has been variously called.  EPA has promulgated rules including the Cross Read more about Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?[…]

My 2012 Predictions

It is the time of the year when New Years Resolutions are made.  Usually these are personal goals like losing weight, exercising more, stop smoking, spend more time with family.   Business goals are not predictions, they require plans and action to make things happen.  As we head back to our usual routines in the new Read more about My 2012 Predictions[…]