Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wind Industry Surges in 2011

The Energy Department released a new report on August 14 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011. According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, the United States remained one of the world’s largest and fastest … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Renewable Energy

Fuel Efficiency Standards to Nearly Double by 2025

The EPA and the NHTSA have finalized standards that will increase average fuel economy requirements for cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. When combined with previous standards set for 2011-2016 models, this move will nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency

Improving Regulatory Performance through Ex Post Evaluation

Wisconsin and the federal government are currently undertaking a review of existing regulations, so University of Pennsylvania Prof. Cary Coglianese’s timely blog discussing regulatory review methodology is an interesting read.

Posted in General

Court Strikes Down CSAPR

In EME Homer City Generation LP v. EPA, a federal court vacated the EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which would have required 28 states, including Wisconsin, to significantly curtail sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck

Regulations a Factor in WI Coal Plant Shuttering

Alliant Energy plans to retire one of the three coal generators at its Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan and two others at its Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville by 2015. The move comes as more restrictive state and federal … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Regulatory Train Wreck

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to Study Frac Sand Mining

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS), in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun a 5-year study to evaluate the impact of frac sand mining and irrigated agriculture in western Chippewa County. The project was developed … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Water

Final Projects to Remove Sheboygan River Area of Concern from Great Lakes Cleanup List Funded

The EPA and Sheboygan area officials are joining forces to kick off the final dredging work and habitat restoration projects needed to remove the Sheboygan River area of concern (AOC) from a list of toxic hot spots identified in the … Continue reading

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, Water

DNR Implementing Chapter 30 Reforms

The Department of Natural Resources is implementing changes to the state’s navigable waterways law that went into effect August 1. Updated information about recent waterway law changes, along with new permit application materials, are now available on the DNR website.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Water

EIA Estimates 27 Gigawatts of Coal will Retire in Next Five Years

Owners of power plants are reporting to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that they are planning to retire 175 coal-fired power plants with an aggregate capacity of 27 gigawatts (GWs) in the next five years.

Posted in Energy

Regulatory Calendar

Administrative agencies continuously promulgate new rules and often do so quickly. Tracking the various proposed rules can be time-intensive and complicated. The Foundation’s Regulatory Calendar includes the dates of important steps in the rulemaking process for various rules we are … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Renewable Energy, United States Supreme Court, Waste, Water, Wisconsin Legislature, Wisconsin Supreme Court