all about the Clean Power Plan
BREAKING NEWS: On February 9 the U.S. Supreme Court order
a halt to the implantation of the Clean Power Plan
pending the outcome of legal challenges undertaken by 27 states and
fossil fuel interests.
arguments at the U.S. District Court of Appeals, which upheld
implementation, will begin June 2.
not expected until 2017, delaying the September 2016 deadline for
states to submit their compliance plans.
decided 5-4 that there is a "fair prospect" that
the complainants could prevail, and proceeding with
implementation in that scenario could result in undo costs.
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STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER this edition of The Power
of Wood, it seemed like all the news fit to print was caused
by, or was otherwise connected to, the release of the federal Clean
Power Plan and its accompanying rules from the U.S. EPA
under Sec. 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Under the authority of administrative rules, the Obama
Administration has implemented the Clean Power Plan — regulations
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; primarily carbon dioxide
emissions from fossil fuel power generators. The U.S EPA has
released the rules on how those reductions will be achieved, implementing
them under Sec. 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
So, here it is — bundled up, all in one spot, for your
SIP modeling, process laid out
NOTE: The Michigan Agency
for Energy announced Feb. 11 that it is suspending stakeholder
engagement in developing its implementation plan.
Michigan’s major utilities and a few legislators are speaking out
in response to the release of a framework for Michigan’s state
implementation plan — or SIP — under the federal Clean Power
Michigan will be
“well on its way” to achieving compliance with the U.S. EPA’s
carbon rules in the near future, according to the Michigan
Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ), in making the announcement recently.
The CPP seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide from
power generators to 32% below 2005 levels by 2035.
Michigan must reduce its emissions by 36% using a combination of
using more natural gas and renewable instead of coal, and improving
efficiency at existing power plants.
more at http://michigan.gov/energy/
MISO says it's CPP-ready
Mid-Continent Independent System Operator (MISO) — the entity
that operates the transmission system from Louisiana to Michigan,
and manages the flow of power to it — has told federal regulators
everything is in place to meet its 2025 requirements under the
Clean Power Plan.
MISO also estimated the cost of this compliance to electricity
ratepayers within its seven-state region: $5.8 billion to $104
billion, based on models that ranged natural gas prices $1.30 to
$6.30 per million Btu.
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Courts rejects stay on Clean Power Plan
U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 21 denied
a request from various states attorneys generals,
including Michigan's Bill Schuette, to stay implementation of
the federal Clean Power Plan.
The decision follows a similar rejection of a suit brought by the
state of W. Virginia and other fossil-fuel interests.
The issue will eventually land in the U.S. Supreme Court, likely
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