A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- In advance of the global conference on climate change in Paris, the Senate voted against two regulations the EPA had proposed to cut carbon emissions from power plants. One of the rules called for a 32 percent cut in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 2030. The other rule set standards for newly built power plants that would hinder energy powered from coal. Both votes passed by 52-46.
- The British Government is asking for all coal-fired power plants to be closed by 2025. The executive arm of the EU says that the closures could help reduce carbon emission by 2020 by 20 percent. Analysts say this could put further strain on the country’s electricity grid.
- The EPA proposed new limits on smokestack emissions on Tuesday to help reduce cross-state pollution. Texas (and at least 22 other states) would be affected. In this new proposal, states would have to comply with air quality standards set in 2008 vs. those set in the late 1990s.