A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s haze reduction programs for Oklahoma and North Dakota, The Hill reports, leaving the EPA with authority to impose its own haze plans on states.
- The carbon-cutting strategy of cap and trade is working through the states, advocates say, and could gain new life from upcoming EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. From the Politico article:
“Cap and trade is far from the only option for states to meet the new carbon standards, but supporters say it offers a market-based way to encourage clean energy and reduce pollution without having government bureaucrats impose a one-size-fits-all solution.”
- A California company won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a transmission line to export wind power from Texas to Louisiana and Mississippi, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Southern Cross project could also flow power to Texas if the state approached its capacity during peak use.