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In early October, a facility in the province of Saskatchewan became the first commercial-scale coal-fired plant with carbon capture and storage capability in the world. The Boundary Dam Power Station is run by SaskPower, a crown corporation — meaning it is owned by the provincial government but operates like a private company. The plant uses clean coal technology to prevent most of its carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere

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Recognizing the need to diversify energy portfolios and desire to decrease CO2 emissions, 29 States, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and 9 states have implemented Renewable Portfolio Goals.  A visual representation of current state RPSs is displayed by the DSIRE* ...

Oil and gas development is booming in North Dakota, bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenues.  Proposed Ballot Measure 5 seeks to redirect 5% of the state’s share of oil extraction taxes towards clean water, wildlife and parks. 

The measure would add a new section to the North Dakota constitution creating both a Clean Water, Wildlife Parks Trust and a Fund.  Ten percent of the redirected money would go in...

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Obama recently launched a new job training pilot program designed to train U.S. military veterans in solar installation. This program is a part of the president’s plan to advance solar energy, which is a core component of his overarching Climate Action Plan aimed at energy independence.

President Barack Obama’s June 2013 executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to develop greenhouse gas emission standards for the nation’s fossil fuel power plants signaled a new era in protection of air quality under the Clean Air Act. For the first time, new and existing power plants will have to meet standards for carbon dioxide emissions under Section 111 of the act. This article explores the environmental and socioeconomic implications of this initiative and how effective it will be in achieving emission reductions.

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During the past six months, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced several initiatives as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan in June, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants on a state-by-state basis. The EPA in April also issued a proposed rule that would redefine the Clean Water Act’s definition of “Waters of the United States.” EPA has issued an open comment period for both proposals, which are still open.

Twenty state legislators from 16 states gathered in Denver, CO on Sept. 25-27, 2014, for the second annual Fundamentals of Natural Gas Policy Academy. The meeting provided a comprehensive overview of the economic and regulatory issues that arise with the exploration,...

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The solar electricity industry in the United States has seen dramatic growth in the past few years. But some believe states could be doing more with policy to put solar on a more level playing field with electricity produced by fossil fuels. That’s what two consultants told attendees Aug. 13 at a daylong policy academy during the recent CSG National and CSG West Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

As states continue to diversify their energy portfolios, renewable energy sources—like solar technology—will play an increasing role.

A recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed solar added 2,193 megawatts of capacity in 2013. Much of that added capacity came as the industry completed several large solar thermal plants in Arizona and California. More projects are on track for completion between 2014 and 2016. Power generation from solar technology is forecast to rise.

The U.S. electricity sector is undergoing quite a bit of transition, partly because of regulations like section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

But those aren’t the only reasons, Jennifer Macedonia, senior adviser with the Bipartisan Policy Institute, said during Monday’s session, “A Closer Look at 111d.”

“We’re also dealing with an aging fleet of generators, which at some point … will need to retired,” she said. “So many of our fleet is past 30 and 40 year mark.”

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