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UN Secretary-General: 2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement
UN News Center
This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Feb. 23 in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015. "Our challenge now is clear: to finalize a meaningful, universal agreement on climate change," Ban told Member States at a briefing on relevant progress.
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EPA CO2 regulations 'the most fundamental transformation' of US power
The Daily Caller
The head of a major U.S. utility said EPA rules to fight global warming will fundamentally transform the way America generates and delivers electricity to millions of residents. Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO of the utility DTE Energy, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the EPA's Clean Power Plan "is the most fundamental transformation of our bulk power system that we've ever undertaken."
BP Energy Outlook proclaims possible 25 percent carbon emissions increase by 2035
One of the world's six "supermajor" oil and gas companies, BP, has released its annual Energy Outlook, and in addition to predicting a 37 percent increase in global demand for energy, the company also believes that — if nothing is done to corral them — carbon dioxide emissions are likely to rise by 25 percent by 2035.
Continuing education through webinars and conferences
In addition to those listed on our website, the Association has a number of webinars and conferences on our schedule for 2015. These include:
Keep a watch on our website for links for registration.
- Webinar Series — Title V Permitting: March 17-19
- History, Background and Applicability: 1-3 p.m., March 17
- Applications and Permits: 1-3 p.m., March 18
- Permit Modifications and Renewals: 1-3 p.m., March 19
- Webinar — Practical Approach to GRI Reporting: 1-2:30 p.m., April 14
- Env•Vision: An International Electricity Sector Conference: May 12-14, in Crystal City, Virginia
- Information Exchange — Waste: May 14, in Washington, D.C.
- ACE 2015: June 22–25, in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Climate Change: Sept. 9-10, in Oak Brook, Illinois
- Gulf Coast Oil & Gas: Sept. 22-23, in New Orleans
- IT3: Oct. 20-22, in Houston
- Information Exchange — Air: Dec. 2-4, RTP, North Carolina
Solar energy emerging as cheapest power source in many parts of the world
In a few years, solar energy plants will deliver the most inexpensive power available in many parts of the world, according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems commissioned by German think tank Agora Energiewende. By 2025, the cost of producing power in central and southern Europe will have declined to between €0.04 and €0.06 per kilowatt hour, and by 2050 to as low as €0.02 to €0.04, researchers predict in the study, Current and Future Cost of Photovoltaics.
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Energy experts seek consensus on Clean Power Plan's timeline, reliability fixes
Environment & Energy Publishing
Two changes top the wish lists of regulators, state officials and electric companies tasked by U.S. EPA with cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector: a smoother trajectory for working toward 2030 goals and an escape hatch for any unforeseeable problems. But what exactly those revisions should look like is still up for debate.
Study quantifies economic costs of ocean acidification
A new study claims that mollusk farming and fishing, a $1 billion industry, is increasingly vulnerable to ocean acidification. The study, compiled by researchers at Oregon State University, is one of most comprehensive to quantify the long-term economic risks of an overly acidic ocean. While most reports of ocean acidification have pinpointed the Pacific Northwest as likely to see the worst effects of mollusk-killing ocean acidification, the new study contends that coastal communities on all sides of the United States will be at risk.
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EPA's proposed methane rules under fire
The Obama administration's regulations proposed to cut methane emissions 45 percent by 2025 have sparked criticism from both industry sources and independent policy analysts. The White House says the new standards are necessary because methane "is a potent greenhouse gas, with 25 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period."
Exelon urges voluntary option for Clean Power Plan compliance
The electric industry can achieve the EPA's goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, according to Exelon.
Proposed rule seeks to safeguard against phased-out chemicals
The Journal of the American Medical Association
A newly proposed rule by the US Environmental Protection Agency seeks to ensure that certain perfluorinated chemicals do not re-enter the marketplace without review. Long-chain perfluorinated chemicals persist in the environment and are toxic to animals, producing reproductive, developmental and systemic effects.
EIA: Japan plans to restart some nuclear power plants in 2015
U.S. Energy Information Administration via PennEnergy
Previously one of the world's largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi and subsequent shutdown of the country's nuclear fleet. In 2013, when almost all of Japan's nuclear fleet was shut down, more than 86 percent of Japan's generation mix was composed of fossil fuels. In 2014, Japan's nuclear generation was zero. The Japanese government anticipates bringing online a few nuclear facilities in 2015.
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