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EPA revises emission factors for flaring
The National Law Review
On April 20, the EPA revised AP-42 emission factors for equipment found in refineries, chemical plants, and miscellaneous sources, substantially increasing the estimated emissions produced by equipment from these industry categories. The emission factors were revised as a result of litigation brought by environmental groups that asserted that EPA had failed to update the factors every three years under the Clean Air Act. The litigation culminated in a consent decree between EPA and the groups in 2014 that obligated EPA to review the emission factors by Aug. 19, 2014. The EPA has now issued its final revisions.
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Power plant mixing gas, solar, batteries and software could chart the future of renewable power
From Japan's offshore solar plants to a tidal lagoon in Wales, countries around the world have found clever ways to tap renewable power. But nowhere is the need for ingenuity more in demand than in Germany, which aims to produce 80 percent of electricity from renewables by 2050, up from 30 percent now. Engineers have flicked the switch on a new hybrid power plant that combines a flexible gas engine generating heat and power, a large roof-mounted solar array operating at 1,500 volts, batteries and heat storage.
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As EPA pushes for cleaner air, refineries push back
State Impact
Twenty-five years ago new air pollution rules, signed into law by the first President Bush, made industries spend billions to reduce their toxic emissions. And nowhere might that have had a bigger impact that in Houston with one of the largest concentrations of oil refineries and chemical plants in the nation. A recent report says that in the past two decades, the amount of air pollution released by refineries has plummeted nationwide. Now, the U.S. EPA wants the industry to do even more.
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Gas closes in on coal in power plant generation
Environment & Energy Publishing
For the first time in three years, natural gas is about to catch up with coal as a fuel for the nation's power plants, foreshadowing the crucial role of gas supplies in meeting U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan. Natural gas prices below $3 per million British thermal units have created the closest convergence of the two power plant fuels since April 2012, the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Analysis reported.
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Canada sets carbon emissions reduction target of 30 percent by 2030
CBC News
Canada has announced it will commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, an ambitious target made possible in large part by the success of the provinces in reducing their own emissions. There will also be new rules to control emissions from an electricity sector that is burning more natural gas, and new standards to limit emissions from the chemical sector, including from nitrogen fertilizers.
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US natural gas projects face Keystone-like resistance
USA Today
The U.S. is producing record amounts of natural gas, a fuel widely viewed as cleaner and preferable to coal for electric power generation. But building the infrastructure necessary to bring that fuel to market is increasingly difficult for the industry.
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SNL: Over 12,000 MW of coal plants will retire in 2015
Utility Dive
More than 12,000 MW of coal-fired generation will be taken offline this year, SNL reports in a Data Dispatch, the result of new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rules that went into effect in April. About 4 percent of the total coal generating capacity in this country will close in 2015, but will slow next year as compliance extensions end.
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EIA: US to add 48GW solar capacity by 2040
Solar Novus Today
In the coming decades, additions to U.S. electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop solar panels) increases from 1,065 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 1,261GW in 2040. The amount of capacity added is more than three times the amount that is expected to retire, with 287 GW added and 90 GW retired.
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Ohio study tracks air pollution from fracking
Summit County Citizens Voice
Careful air sampling near active natural gas wells in Carroll County, Ohio showed the widespread presence of toxic air pollution at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati.
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Biofuels: New study warns they're not all carbon-neutral
Green Car Reports
To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for gasoline that also require few changes to established consumer routines. And, advocates say, biofuels are carbon-neutral, because any emissions related to burning them are cancelled out by the carbon dioxide that's absorbed when their feedstocks are grown. But the reality of biofuels may be a bit more complicated.
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