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It's conference season for EPA carbon rule

Starting today, Infocast will hold its second annual Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit. The first day focuses on using natural gas to comply with the rule. Tomorrow's and Wednesday's sessions kick off with remarks from U.S. EPA Associate Assistant Administrator and Senior Counsel Joe Goffman before delving into legal issues, carbon-cutting options and power system considerations. A variety of state environment and energy officials, as well as electric regulators, will speak. Panelists also include utility and grid organization leaders, consultants, and environmental advocates. ClimateWire's Elizabeth Harball will be there.

Also today, the Great Plains Institute and Bipartisan Policy Center host a workshop in Little Rock, Ark., to discuss implementation options with states and utilities from all over the midcontinent region. The two groups have been supporting talks among the Midcontinent States Environmental and Energy Regulators group and the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette Honorable will give the keynote address. EnergyWire's Jeffrey Tomich will report from Arkansas, and the event is also viewable by webcast.

Tomorrow, the Distributed Sun 2015 New Energy Summit in Washington, D.C., will feature a keynote address by Goffman on the Clean Power Plan.

On Wednesday, the Environmental Council of the States — the organization of state environmental agencies — holds its own meeting on the Clean Power Plan. Panels will explore state perspectives on the rule's regulatory and economic challenges and feature more than a dozen officials from diverse states. Acting EPA air chief Janet McCabe and White House senior policy adviser Megan Ceronsky will speak.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the legal aspects of EPA's CO2 regulations for new and existing power plants. Greenwire's Jean Chemnick will be reporting.

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In case you missed it:

  • Five states face the highest Clean Power Plan compliance costs, according to Fitch Ratings (ClimateWire, Oct. 15).
  • A group of states led by Tennessee will receive $800,000 from the Department of Energy to create a voluntary national energy efficiency registry, to standardize benchmarks for projects that could qualify for compliance with the Clean Power Plan (EnergyWire, Oct. 14).
  • A Republican operative turned federal judge has emerged as one of the most powerful critics of President Obama's environmental rules (Greenwire, Oct. 13).
  • Entergy Corp. will close Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant in 2019, which might complicate the state's efforts to reach greenhouse gas goals (Greenwire, Oct. 13).
  • State officials in Minnesota held their first Clean Power Plan stakeholder meeting and are optimistic they can meet EPA's goals (ClimateWire, Oct. 13).
  • Arkansas kicked off its planning process too and maintained a spirit of coordination (EnergyWire, Oct. 13).
  • Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, is joining a lawsuit against the rule (EnergyWire, Oct. 13).

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