Advanced Energy Perspectives

Why We Should Expect a Robust Market Response to EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jul 15, 2015 5:20:26 PM


When EPA releases its much-anticipated final version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) this summer, regulators and affected industry will shift into high gear as they consider implementation options. While there are many ways to comply, here’s one underlying reality: Given the opportunity, markets will respond. That’s the takeaway from a new report prepared by AEE Institute, based on a review of prior EPA regulations that allowed for market-based compliance. The report predicts that the CPP will spark a robust industry response and unlock a wide array of cost-competitive options – facilitating timely compliance and lowering cost.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

ERCOT, Xcel Energy Show that Variable Renewable Energy is No Threat to Reliability

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jun 11, 2015 2:14:00 PM


The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), which will set limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants, is set to be finalized this summer. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) has released two assessments so far, each of them raising concerns about the potential impact of the CPP on reliability. One of the challenges to reliability identified by NERC has to do with the increased deployment of variable renewable energy - namely wind and solar - in the power system. However, many states are already seeing unprecedented levels of variable renewable generation and successfully integrating them into the power system without impeding reliability. As renewable energy production across the country continues to increase due to the rapidly declining cost of these resources and state policies requiring utilities to use more renewables, integration is likely to be even easier when the CPP takes effect in 2020.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs

EPA GHG REGS: While Oklahoma Just Says ‘No,’ Other States Say, ‘Maybe’ - and Move Toward Advanced Energy

Posted by Frank Swigonski and Caitlin Marquis

Jun 3, 2015 5:28:00 PM


All links to bills lead to AEE’s PowerSuite. Click to sign up for a free 14-day trial. This blog post is excerpted from a newsletter that went out to members in late May. For the most up-to-date information on what's passing through legislatures, check them out in PowerSuite!

As legislative sessions start to wrap up in some states, AEE continues to track legislation that may impact compliance strategies. ALEC bills — legislation that requires approval of state implementation plans by the legislature — were introduced in 27 states so far. Ten bills were passed, but most of them with  language weaker than when they were initially introduced. Even in states hostile to the Clean Power Plan, stakeholders and regulators are quietly exploring compliance options. And some states are making moves toward greater use of advanced energy, which would make CPP compliance easy.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

Posted by Tom Plant

May 28, 2015 12:07:38 PM


This photo of the Hoover Dam intake towers was taken by Raquel Baranow in 2014. Water elevation on that day at noon: 1086.39 ft.

As the saying goes, in the West, the whiskey’s for drinking and the water’s for fighting. While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a report just released by the CNA Corporation identified another benefit that may end up being worth more than all the other impacts combined: water.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

Can EPA Use Advanced Energy To Save Money for States and Consumers in a Federal Plan under the CPP? You bet.

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 21, 2015 5:04:55 PM


While policy wonks wait with bated breath for release of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan, some of us in the advanced energy industry are just as eagerly awaiting EPA’s draft Federal Plan for compliance, which will be revealed at the same time. Why the excitement about a Federal Plan? Because the stakes are high: Not only will the Federal Plan serve as a model for states as they begin to consider compliance options for the final CPP, it will apply to any state that does not submit a plan that passes muster with EPA. Questions have been raised about whether EPA can incorporate advanced energy options like energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, and advanced grid technologies into a Federal Plan for compliance. Our answer: Yes, it can.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs


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