The industry is rumbling (and some are grumbling) about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama yesterday. If you haven't had a chance to catch up, consider this your one-stop spot for industry reaction to the Clean Power Plan. Article
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released guidelines around how each state will develop plans to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, as part of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan. In June 2013, President Obama directed the EPA to issue regulations for carbon pollution from existing power plants. It is expected that this first-ever national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector will advance investments in clean energy technologies throughout the country and provide tremendous environmental benefit.Article
The process is ongoing, but the long conversation about alternative energy in the U.S. has officially advanced from concept to reality. What was once based on theory is now grounded in real innovation and execution around how the country creates, distributes, and stores power.Feature
For generations, electric utilities have been content to get paid by customers primarily based on the amount of electricity they use. But recently, the rise of customer-sited distributed generation (typically rooftop solar) and the success of energy-efficiency programs in reducing load growth have led utilities to look for new ways to recover their costs and reduce their risk. Several utilities across the country have proposed new or higher fixed charges of one form or another in order to keep up revenue as consumption falls. However, fixed charges can stymie adoption of distributed generation, distort the market for energy efficiency, and disproportionately affect low-income customers. That has made these charges the subject of controversy. Feature
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