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CLIMATE:

Vitter comments to EPA: power rule a costly 'bully'

U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan tramples states' authority over their own power sectors, would drive up costs and is based on unsound science, outgoing Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member David Vitter (R-La.) argued in comments submitted to the agency today.

Vitter provided EPA with copies of letters, reports and witness testimony to argue that the draft "bullies states into implementing expensive programs with questionable benefits, whether they like it or not."

GRID:

GOP wants more oversight, federal coordination for climate proposal

Republicans in both chambers of Congress want grid overseers to publicly meet with U.S. EPA, the Energy Department, state regulators and power companies to discuss grid reliability concerns and explain what they say is a failure to coordinate implementation of EPA's proposal to cut carbon emissions.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) asked Cheryl LaFleur, chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a letter yesterday to hold a technical conference to discuss reliability concerns with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

REGULATION:

RGGI may not be an easy model for regional groups to comply with EPA's carbon rule

Advocates of multi-state plans to comply with U.S. EPA's proposal to cut carbon emissions often make an example of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. But collaborative state implementation plans outside RGGI could be significantly more complicated and would likely encounter many political and practical obstacles along the way.

Regional grid operators and economists are pushing for states to work together to access a broader range of compliance options that might be less expensive than working alone. But collaborative state implementation plans outside RGGI could be significantly more complicated and would likely encounter many political and practical obstacles along the way.

REGULATION:

State regulators want EPA to modify power plant CO2 rule to favor new nuclear generation

State electricity regulators from around the country have not been able to come to much of a consensus on U.S. EPA's draft rule to cut carbon emissions, but this week, they agreed on one thing: They don't like the way the proposal treats nuclear power.

EPA proposed more stringent carbon emission rates for states that host nuclear power plants and provided a 6 percent credit for maintaining units that are facing tough competition and might otherwise shut down.

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After years of political wrangling and Congressional impasse, U.S. EPA and President Obama make their boldest move yet to combat climate change. E&E tracks the lead-up, rollout and fallout from this historic proposed rule.

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