ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE
The House and Senate are in session for just a few more days prior to adjourning the 113th Congress. Remaining
issues to address during the lame duck include the hybrid omnibus-continuing resolution, which could close out
most work on fiscal 2015 spending and fund the government after December 11, a tax extenders package,
completing the Defense authorization, a terrorism risk insurance extension, which expires December 31, and a
handful of other last minute measures.
The House may pass the omnibus spending package, which will distribute about $1 trillion in discretionary funds,
December 10, at which point the Senate will take it up December 11 before adjourning for the year.
The House passed last week a one year extension (H.R. 5771) of about 50 tax benefits that expired at the end of
2013, commonly referred to as the tax extenders package, including the production tax credit. Despite his
preference for a two year extension, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) said December 4 that
the Senate would not amend the bill, setting the stage for an up or down vote this week. The short term extension
provides little benefit to the wind industry, as developers need months to plan and begin constructing facilities, and
industry and environmental advocates had pushed for a multi-year extension, even discussing a three-year
phaseout as part of the Senate tax extenders deal last month, as they worked to provide the certainty and stability
needed to grow the market.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced December 4 a scaled down package of
energy efficiency bills (S. 2971) that the House previously passed, hoping to move it by unanimous consent in the
final days of the lame duck session. The bill mirrors House-passed legislation (H.R. 2126), which includes
measures to increase energy efficiency in government data centers, promote commercial building efficiency, and
loosen grid-enabled water heater standards. The Senate approved a similar small energy efficiency package, the
American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582), before adjourning for the year in December
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) lost her runoff election to Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA) over the weekend, and
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will become ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee in the 114th Congress.
Super Pollutants Legislation
Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about his Super Pollutants Act of 2014 (S. 2911) December 2, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) that his short-lived pollutants legislation provides an opportunity
for Republicans who want to capitalize on public support for reducing air pollutants. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
cosponsors the measure.
EPA Blocking Legislation
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said December 2 that legislation (S. 1905, H.R. 3826) effectively blocking the
Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to complete its CO2 regulations for new and existing power plants will
return next year. The measure would impose several conditions on the agency prior to completing the regulations.
Climate Groups to Remain Active
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said December 3 that
despite the dim prospects for climate change legislation in the 114th Congress, the Senate Climate Change
Clearinghouse and the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change will remain active over the next two years and
have strong support from leadership.
Ozone Standard Opposition
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and John Barrasso (RWY)
pledged December 3 an attack on the proposed revisions to the federal ozone standard next Congress. They
support Senator John Thune’s (R-SD) measure to block the revisions, and are planning to use standalone
legislation, the appropriations process, and the Congressional Review Act to push against the Environmental
Protection Agency’s ozone standards.
The Senate confirmed December 4 Joseph Hezir as the Department of Energy’s chief financial officer. The same
day, the Senate confirmed Franklin Orr as the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for science. The Senate
confirmed December 8 Jeffery Baran to fill the term of outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison
Macfarlane. The Senate is also scheduled to vote this week on the nomination of Ellen Williams to be director of the
Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is hoping
to hold votes on the Energy Department nominations of Christopher Smith for assistant secretary of the Office of
Fossil energy; Marc Kastner for director of the Office of Science; Jonathan Elkind for assistant secretary of the
Office of International Affairs; and Monica Regalbuto for assistant secretary of the Office of Environmental
Management before the end of the lame duck session.
NDAA Energy Provisions
The House approved December 4 the fiscal year 2015 Defense Authorization Bill. The bill authorizes about $577.1
billion in budget authority for national defense programs, including incentives for alterative dual-fuel vehicle
development; a requirement that the Department of Defense provide a business case analysis 30 days prior to
entering into a contract for the planning, design, refurbishment, or construction of a biofuels refinery; and a
prohibition on bulk drop-in fuel purchases for operational purposes during fiscal year 2015. The Senate is expected
to pass the measure this week.
Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) said December 5 that House Republicans are seeking to add policy riders to
the $1 trillion omnibus funding bill to block Environmental Protection Agency rules on power plant GHG emissions,
small bodies of water, and waste from mining. House Republicans are also seeking a rider that would override
Obama administration guidance prohibiting the Export-Import Bank from financing overseas coal-fired power
projects. Congressional Democrats and the White House are confident that the measure will not ultimately include
most of those provisions.
Welch’s EE Legislation
Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) promised December 5 more bipartisan energy efficiency bills in the next
Congress. He is in early talks with House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, including Representative
David McKinley (R-WV), with whom he worked on House-passed efficiency language earlier this year.
EPA Approps Difficulty
Representative James Moran (D-VA), ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior,
Environment, and Related Agencies, said last week that the Obama administration’s request for a reduction in the
Environmental Protection Agency’s budget undermined the Democratic party’s negotiating power.
Van Hollen to Climate Task Force
Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will replace retiring Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) as the top
House member on Congress’ bicameral climate change task force next year.Legislation Introduced
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced legislation (S. 2971) December 2 to
promote energy efficiency.
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation (S. 2986) December 4 to require the Secretary of the Interior to
assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the
United States and Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting
access to affordable, reliable energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean energy resources.
Representative John Delaney (D-MD) introduced legislation (H.R. 5796) December 4 to give States the option of
addressing greenhouse gas emissions from existing stationary sources by pricing emissions.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote December 10 on the nomination of Colette
Honorable to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements will
hold a hearing December 10 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in issuing the 2014 Renewable Fuel
Standard. Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe will testify.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing December 11 on the
crude oil export ban. Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski will testify.
The House Science Subcommittee on Energy will hold a hearing the same day on the future of nuclear energy.
Assistant Energy Secretary Pete Lyons will testify.
CPP on Schedule
White House counselor John Podesta told the National Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change December 3
that the Obama Administration is determined to finalize the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan
on time. The target deadline for the final rule is next June.
Climate Action Champions
The White House recognized December 3 16 communities across the country as Climate Action Champions for
leading the way to reduce CO2 emissions and build resilience to climate change. The goal of the program is to
develop a network of communities to share lessons and assist future competition winners in overcoming common
Solar Trade Case
The U.S. International Trade Commission meets December 8 to discuss the final phase of antidumping and
countervailing duty investigations against solar products from Chia and Taiwan. The Department of Commerce,
which released stringent preliminary duties in July, is scheduled to make a final decision by December 16. If the
department affirms those tariffs, the commission would have to give the final approval in January. Canada’s Border
Services Agency announced December 5 that it is launching a similar investigation, with the Canadian International
Trade Tribunal making a decision by February 3.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Data Center Trade Mission
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced December 8 that they will
lead a Business Development Mission to China April 12-17, 2015.The mission will focus on industries supporting
Smart Cities and Smart Growth, such as green buildings, building energy retrofitting, building management, green
data centers, carbon capture utilization and storage, energy efficiency technologies, clean air and clean water
technologies, waste treatment technologies, smart grid, and green transportation.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
$7 Million for Bioenergy
The Department of Energy announced December 4 up to $7 million for two projects in New York and Tennessee to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Lake MI Basin Climate Impacts
The U.S. Geological Survey released models November 24 showing that a warming climate, rising by as much as
7-8 degrees, could lengthen growing seasons in the Lake Michigan basin, make the area’s soil drier, and decrease
winter snowpack by 2100.
Offshore Wind Lease Sale
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced November 24 that more than 742,000 acres in the waters of the
Massachusetts coast will be offered for commercial wind development in a January 29 lease sale, the largest ever
competitive domestic lease sale for offshore wind energy.
Climate Study Lawsuit
Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils filed a lawsuit November 24 in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management to require it to consider climate
change and alternative energy policy options to reduce climate change in the federal coal leasing program.
SunZia Transmission Lines
The Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental assessment November 25 finding that burying a
section of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project would not have any significant additional impacts
compared with running the transmission lines overhead. Public comment will be accepted for 30 days, after which
the urea could make a decision on whether to permit the project as early as January.
Energy Revenue Disbursements Decline
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced December 2 that the department disbursed more than $13.4 billion in
revenue generated from energy production on federal and American Indian land and offshore areas in fiscal year
2014, down from $14.2 billion in fiscal year 2013.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Arctic Council Climate Priority
State Department special representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp Jr. said December 2 that climate
change adaptation and mitigation will be one of the United States’ top priorities when it chairs the Arctic Council.
International Energy Affairs Appointment
Secretary of State John Kerry announced December 3 the appointment of Amos Hochstein as Special Envoy and
Coordinator for International Energy Affairs. Mr. Hochstein has been acting in this capacity since August 1, and
previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
CPP TX Water Savings
CNA Corporation released a report November 19 finding that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power
Plan could save enough water in Texas to fill AT&T Stadium 37 times every year, reducing the state’s power sector
water consumption by 21 percent from 2012 to 2029, saving 88,000 acre-feet of water per year.
Regulatory Agenda Released
The Environmental Protection Agency released November 21 its fall regulatory agenda, showing that the agency is
on schedule to finalize several high-profile regulations over the next year, including the Clean Power Plan, new
source performance standards for new power plants, ozone standards, the 2015 renewable fuel standard, the coal
ash rule, the Waters of the United States rule, a proposed endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions
from aircraft, the second phase of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2018 and
beyond medium- and heavy-duty trucks, the refinery rule, new source performance standards for new residential
wood heaters, water quality standards, wastewater from shale gas extraction, the mercury rule, a worker protection
agency, and more.
The Environmental Integrity Project and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network filed a lawsuit November 21 in the
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to require the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to
a petition for reconsideration of the agency’s 2012 mercury and air toxics standards for power plants. The suit alleges that the agency is in violation of the Clean Air Act and the Administrative Procedure Act for failing to
respond to their petition in the past two and a half years.
TX Haze Plan Partially Disapproved
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed November 24 to disapprove parts of Texas’s regional haze plan in
favor of a federal plan for reducing haze pollution and SO2 emissions from specific electricity generating plants in
the state, finding that the plan does not meet Clean Air Act requirements or adequately address requirements
related to reasonable progress under the long-term strategy and calculation of natural visibility conditions. Under
the agency’s proposal, 15 units at eight coal-fired electricity generating facilities would be required to reduce SO2
Supreme Court to Review MATS
The Supreme Court decided November 25 to take up a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Utility and mining industry groups charge that the agency should have
considered compliance costs before deciding to regulate. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
upheld the rule in April.
Ozone Standard Released
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed November 26 a tighter ozone national ambient air quality standard
of 65 parts per billion to 70 ppb, between 2020 and 2037, down from the 75 ppb set by the Bush-era rule. The
agency is also seeking comment on setting it as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires the agency to review the
standards every five years, and the final rule is due by October 1.
FERC Nominee Submits CPP Comments
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee Colette Honorable, in her role as chair of the Arkansas Public
Service Commission, submitted comments November 26 pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean
Power Plan, calling the plan “flawed,” and “unattainable” for the state.
Regional Stream Monitoring
The Environmental Protection Agency released for comment November 28 a draft proposal to monitor small
regional streams in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions to detect climate change. Comments are
due December 29.
CPP Comment Period Closed
The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan closed December 1. In
millions of comments, support for the proposed rule appears divided, with some expressing general support for the
agency’s approach and making recommendations to improve the proposal, and others expressing concern over the
legality and feasibility of the proposed standard.
RFS 2015 Lawsuit
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers announced December 1 that it will sue the Environmental
Protection Agency for failing to issue the 2015 renewable fuel standard by the November 30 statutory deadline. The
association will also sue the agency over its failure to issue a 2014 standard.
Ecolabel Guidelines Revised
The Environmental Protection Agency revised December 1 part of its draft guidelines for using private sector
environmental performance standards and ecolabels in federal purchasing in response to public feedback. The
agency will pilot the guidelines for three sectors next year, with the goal of providing a list of recognized standards
for federal environmentally preferable purchasing.
Boiler, Incinerator Standard Revisions
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed December 2 several amendments and technical corrections to its
air pollution standards for boilers and incinerators. The agency will accept comments on the changes for 45 days
after the notices are published in the Federal Register.
Perciasepe CPP Comments
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions President and former Environmental Protection Agency deputy
administrator Bob Perciasepe said December 5 that while the Clean Air Act will not be enough to address climate
change or help the United States meet its recent greenhouse gas reduction pledge, and congressional action is
needed, the agency’s Clean Power Plan is helpful because state compliance actions could make Congress more
comfortable taking action in a few years. He said that he is confident that the proposed rule is legally sound.Solid Waste, Coal Ash Management Rules Forthcoming
Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Mathy
Stanislaus said December 5 that the agency will release two major waste regulations under the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act later this month. The agency will release this week final revisions to the Definition
of Solid Waste Rule that are expected to eliminate exemptions for certain recycled materials from hazardous waste
regulations. The agency will release a final rule on the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals from
power plants, the coal ash rule, by the December 19 court-ordered deadline.
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Moeller CPP Letter
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Commissioner Philip Moeller sent a letter December 1 to Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy saying that the Clean Power Plan will interfere with the country’s
competitive market forces, potentially resulting in even more greenhouse gas emissions in the future, will reduce
electricity reliability, and will cost billions of dollars. He renewed his call for a more “formal and transparent process”
between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure grid
reliability. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Representative Ed Whitfield (RKY),
and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a similar letter November 24, asking the commission to document its
consultation process with the agency over the past 18 months, convene a technical grid reliability conference, and
establish a more formal documentation process going forward. Commission Chair Cheryl LaFleur expressed grid
reliability concerns during a panel discussion at the National Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change, but also
voiced confidence that stakeholders and regulators will rise to the challenge. She said that she favors a broad
regional approach by the states as they develop their state implementation plans.
Court Dismisses Petition
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled December 2 that it has no jurisdiction to review
a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordering Midland Power Cooperative to reconnect a small power
production facility to the electricity grid. The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act specifies that such reviews must
first be considered by a federal district court.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Ethanol Market Unconcentrated
The Federal Trade Commission released a report December 5 finding that the domestic ethanol market is still
Climate Change Threatens War on Poverty
The World Bank released a report November 23 finding that continued global climate change could undermine
efforts to end extreme poverty and achieve other development goals.
Financial Mechanisms Needed for Energy Infrastructure
The World Energy Council released a report November 24 finding that unlocking the $48 trillion needed in energy
infrastructure investments through 2035 will require new funding approaches and increased financial sector
German Renewable Support OK
The European Commission stated November 25 that most discounts granted to energy intensive companies via a
surcharge to finance the production of German renewable energy are in line with European Union state aid rules.
Nepal-India Power Agreement
Nepal signed an agreement November 25 with Indian power company Satluj Jap Vidyut Nigam Ltd. To build a 900
MW Arun III hydropower power station. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Nepal for a South Asian
UNECE Urges CCS Incentives
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe urged climate negotiators November 25 to increase
incentives for carbon capture technologies in preparation for the 2015 international climate accord.China’s GHG Calculation Guidelines
China’s National Development and Reform Commission released draft guidelines November 27 for measuring,
reporting, and verifying greenhouse gas emissions within ten major industries as the country prepares to launch a
national emissions trading market as soon as 2016. Covered industries include power generation, electrical grid
companies, iron and steel producers, chemical producers, aluminum smelters, magnesium smelters, flat glass
producers, cement producers, ceramics producers, and civil aviation enterprises.
China Increases Fuel Tax
China’s Ministry of Finance announced November 28 that it has increased its fuel consumption tax for the first time
in five years amid falling global oil prices as part of its efforts to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. Effective
November 29, China will increase the tax on gasoline, naphtha, solvent oil, and lubricating oil by 0.12 yuan a liter,
and on diesel, jet fuel, and fuel oil by 0.14 yuan a liter.
IPCC Climate Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report November 28 finding that global greenhouse
gas emissions increased by an average of 2.2 percent per year from 2000 to 2010, nearly double the 1.3 percent a
year growth over the previous 30 years. The report contains 1,200 scenarios detailing options for reducing
emissions and their climate impact. The panel released the summary for policymakers report earlier in the month.
Delegates meeting in Paris November 28 agreed to informal discussions early next year on wide-ranging issues
related to managing hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol, but they failed to agree to begin formal
20th COP/10th MOP
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change celebrates its 20th anniversary this December, with
international climate negotiations scheduled for December 1-12 in Lima, Peru. The Lima talks mark the 20th
Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC and the 10th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Issues to watch most
closely as negotiators work to kick off the past 12 months of talks toward a global climate accord that would enter
into force in 2020 include whether parties can agree on a draft text that distills areas of agreement and
disagreement into one document; more specifics on the $100 billion/year industrialized countries are to provide
beginning in 2020 to help developing nations adapt to climate change via the Green Climate Fund; country-specific
action pledges that are due at the end of next year; differentiated financial obligations; potential progressive caps;
and a mechanism to strengthen the accord if after 2020 it is insufficient to halt the rise in global temperatures.
EU Decarbonization Challenges
The International Energy Agency released December 1 its review of regional energy strategy, finding that the
European Union will struggle to finance the decarbonization of its economy and retain low enough power and gas
prices to keep its energy intensive industries. The agency said that the bloc needs to increase prices in its
emissions market and introduce policies to attract investment in low carbon technologies.
EU Environmental Laws
Environment ministers from 11 European Union countries sent a letter to the European Commission December 1 to
warn against backtracking on proposed air and waste laws. The commission will review the proposals to ensure
that they are fit for purpose, and will adopt its 2015 work program later this month.
ACT 2015 Report
The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 and the World Resources Institute released a report December 2
urging nations to commit next year to a long-term goal of phasing out net greenhouse gas emissions. The report
recommends establishing three five-year continuous improvement cycles focused on mitigation, adaptation, and
supporting developing nations, to strengthen the agreement over time.
Climate Spending Increased
The United Nations Standing Committee on Finance announced December 3 that global funding for climate issues
may be higher than previously estimated, totaling between $340 billion and $650 billion a year between 2010 and
Germany Renews GHG Reduction Effort
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced December 3 that the country will redouble its efforts to meet its
greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. She proposed new measures to help the nation reach its 2020 target.EU GHG Measurements Rejected
The European Parliament environment committee rejected December 3 an amended European Commission
proposal to calculate transport fuel emissions reductions, noting the problem with Canadian oil sands. The
European Parliament will vote on whether to veto the proposal next week. The proposed methodology is needed for
the implementation of the bloc’s 2009 Fuel Quality Directive, under which fuel suppliers are required to reduce lifecycle
transportation GHG emissions by six percent by 2020 compared with a 2010 baseline.
China Offers More Specifics
China’s lead climate negotiator Su Wei said December 4 that the nation will work to reduce the amount of
greenhouse gas emissions for every dollar of gross domestic product and increase its stock of forests that absorb
emissions. He called on developed nations to hasten delivery of the $100 billion Green Climate Fund.
Australian Green Bonds
National Australia Bank Ltd. announced December 4 that it plans to become the first of the country’s lenders to sell
climate or green bonds to fund more environmentally sound projects. The proceeds will finance renewable energy
High Adaptation Costs
The United Nations Environment Program released a report December 5 finding that efforts to adapt to climate
change in the developing world could cost several times more than previous estimates.
Norway GCF Pledge
Norway announced December 5 that it would increase its contribution to the Green Climate Fund to $258 million as
a result of a budget agreement in the country. The announcement brings total fund pledges to about $9.95 billion,
just shy of the $10 billion goal for the year. Earlier in the week, Spain pledged $150 million toward the fund.
Latin American Climate Action Necessary
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report December 5 finding that persuading Latin American
nations to enact more stringent black carbon controls would reduce air pollution-related premature deaths and
mitigate climate change.
TX Fracking Ban Lawsuit
Less than 24 hours after voters in Denton, Texas, approved a fracking ban last month, the Texas Oil and Gas
Association filed a lawsuit saying that the ban is inconsistent with state law and violates the state constitution.
MA Energy Secretary
Massachusetts’ Governor-elect Charlie Baker selected late last month Matt Beaton, a two-term state
representative, as secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
FL EE, RE Cuts
Florida approved November 25 proposals to gut the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent and to
end the solar rebate programs by the end of next year.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved November 24 a two year plan for rooftop and community solar
installations in an effort to offer more market stability. The blueprint provides for at least 42 MW of projects annually
for 2015 and 2016.
CA-Quebec’s First GHG Auction
California and Quebec sold greenhouse gas allowances for $12.10 each in their first joint carbon auction November
25. The governments received 1.73 bids for every allowance. Almost 23.1 million allowances were on sale, and
about 10.8 million permits that can be used as early as 2017 were also auctioned for $11.86 each.
Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources released a draft report November 26 finding that
the risks of developing the Marcellus Shale can be kept at an “acceptable level” if industry follows best practices
and state regulators monitor and enforce compliance. A final report will come out later this month.
MA Permit Review Requested
Four Massachusetts residents petitioned November 28 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to review a decisions by state and federal regulators to issue a Clean Air Act permit to developers planning to build and operate
a 692 MW combined cycle electricity generating facility in Salem.
NextEra Buys HI Electric
NextEra Energy purchased December 3 Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., Hawaii’s largest power supplier, for about
$2.63 billion. Hawaiian Electric will spin off its subsidiary ASB Hawaii Inc., into a publicly traded company.
RGGI Record Allowance Price
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative announced December 5 that CO2 allowances sold for a record high of
$5.21 each in the latest auction, RGGI’s 26th. The auction raised $94.8 million from just over 18 million allowances
for the nine participating states.
Nestle announced late last month that it has been using chocolate to power a factory that manufactures Rolo’s
candy in Fawdon, United Kingdom, for nearly a year. Clearfleau designed the generator, which produces about 200
KW and supplies almost eight percent of the electricity needed to power the factory, lowering its electricity bill by
about $157,000 a year.
Siemens Sells Tidal Power Business
Siemens AG announced November 25 that it has decided to sell its tidal power business, Marine Current Turbines
Ltd. The development of the market and the supply chain has taken longer than the company anticipated. The
divestment will take several months to complete. In August, Bloomberg New Energy Finance revised down its 2020
capacity forecast for tidal power to 148 MW, about 11 percent less than previously estimated.
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