A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing testimony Wednesday from Texas and 20 other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits on power plant emissions, arguing the agency didn’t properly consider the cost of the regulations. The EPA counters Congress never directed the agency to conduct a cost analysis the way the states are calling for, and that health benefits far outweigh the cost. The Texas Tribune notes “the lawsuit is one of 32 that Texas has filed against the federal government during President Obama’s administration. While five have so far been definitively successful, none have prevailed at the Supreme Court level.”
- A House panel passed a bill Wednesday that requires states to “set up permit systems for coal ash sites, while removing some of the requirements of the EPA rule, like public disclosure of the status of disposal ponds and pits,” The Hill writes.
- Texas Sen. Troy Fraser has introduced a bill to freeze the state’s Renewable Energy Credit Program, which requires electric utilities to buy credits from wind and solar farms, saying the legislation has far surpassed its goal, Fierce Energy reports.