POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Dec. 1, 2014

GOP pledges to fight EPA's lowered ozone standards; Five obstacles to carbon reduction regulations; FERC demand-response program challenged


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • “Republican lawmakers on Wednesday promised a vigorous fight against a new Obama administration proposal for reducing urban smog, saying tighter pollution standards would be a “disaster” that would destroy jobs and reverse the country’s economic momentum,” The Washington Post writes. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would lower the ground-level ozone limit from 75 parts per billion to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion; public comments will be accepted before a final rule is adopted next fall.
  • The country’s next president may be the primary obstacle to enactment of the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations for power plants. The Hill explains that the courts, spending bills and states also could weaken the regulations if not finalized and implemented by early 2017.
  • Two court cases are challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approach to demand-response programs, asserting the agency only focuses on the demand side, which causes power generators to lose income, The New York Times says.
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