Category Archives: Energy

U.S. Court of Appeals denies petition for writ of prohibition on EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Rule

In In Re Murray Energy Corp. Judge Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion for the court which held that the petitioners’ petitions for review and petition for a writ of prohibition are denied because of a lack of finality.[1] On June … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, General

EPA Sued for Failing to Conduct Evaluations of Jobs Losses Resulting from Enforcement of the Clean Air Act

Earlier this year, a number of companies filed a citizen suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging the agency violated § 321 of the Clean Air Act by failing to provide continues evaluations of potential job losses resulting from … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed standards to address carbon dioxide emissions from modified and reconstructed power plants under section 111(b) of the CAA. The proposed standards would only apply to units that are being modified or reconstructed. A modification … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Releases Major Greenhouse Gas Rules for Existing, Modified, and Reconstructed Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced proposed standards to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This proposal, titled the “Clean … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

Introduction: On June 2, 2014, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced proposed standards to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This proposal, titled the … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency

D.C. Appeals Court Upholds EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Regulations

On April 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation[1] of mercury and air toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants (commonly referred to as MATS). This article provides background information … Continue reading

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

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rules: EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, LP

This case involved a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (Transport Rule). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the rule in its entirety. The case was appealed to the … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, United States Supreme Court

DOE Publishes Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that examines current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector. The report identifies several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to drought … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Energy

Mapping the Mines

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has a treasure trove of information about sand mining in Wisconsin (and many other subjects). One of their most recent publications shows the industrial sand potential for the entire state of Wisconsin.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Energy, Rulemaking in Wisconsin

Energy Dept. Compares Cost of Gas v. Cost of Electricity

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has released an online tool intended to allow consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles versus driving on gasoline. The press release announcing the new online tool notes, “Over time, consumers will notice … Continue reading

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