Power Breakfast for May 29, 2014

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The New York Times reports that President Obama is planning to use executive authority on a rule said to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent and pave the way for state cap-and-trade programs. From the article:

    “Cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent – a substantial amount – would be the most important step in the administration’s pledged goal to reduce pollution over the next six years and could eventually shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the country. The regulation would have far more impact on the environment than the Keystone pipeline, which many administration officials consider a political sideshow, and is certain to be met with opposition from Republicans who say that Mr. Obama will be using his executive authority as a back door to force through an inflammatory cap-and-trade policy he could not get through Congress.”

  • A new report found that the nation’s top 100 electricity producers have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 13 percent between 2008 and 2012, and significantly cut emissions of other major pollutants, according to The Hill.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from emissions at the country’s petroleum refineries, requiring enhanced monitoring at the facilities’ property lines and including emissions from start-up, shutdown and other disruptions in the risk calculation, Fuel Fix reports.
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