Friday, November 29, 2013
by Regina Cline
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing
Dec. 5 in Arlington, Va., on its proposed renewable fuel standard for
As detailed in a Nov. 19 Energy and Climate Report article, the standard, proposed Nov. 15, would require
petroleum refiners to blend 15.21 billion gallons of renewable fuels into
their products in 2014. That is down from the 18.15 billion gallons required
by the Energy Independence and Security Act.
If made final, it would
be the first time the agency has used its Clean Air Act authority to reduce
overall blending requirements as it takes steps to address the ethanol blend
wall. The blend wall is the point at which the amount of ethanol that must
be blended into the gasoline supply exceeds 10 percent, the maximum that
has been approved for all vehicles and small engines.
to Speak at Center
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is
scheduled to speak Dec. 2 at the Center for American Progress ahead
of a planned trip to China, the group said. She is expected to discuss
U.S.-China cooperation on the environment and climate pollution, as well as
President Barack Obama's climate action plan.
Council to Release Climate Study
The National Research Council
will hold a public briefing Dec. 3 in Washington on the release of a study,
“Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises.” The study examines
the likelihood of various physical components of the Earth system to undergo
major and rapid changes, such as a shutdown of ocean circulation and ice sheet
disintegration; reviews monitoring techniques to warn of abrupt changes; and
identifies high-priority research needs.
RGGI to Hold
On Dec. 4, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will
hold it next quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances under its
As covered in a Sept. 6 article, during its last auction, 38.4 million allowances were sold at $2.67 each, raising $102.5
million. The proceeds will be used mostly for energy conservation, renewable
energy and direct assistance programs.
States participating in RGGI are
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Texas to Hold Hearing on
Greenhouse Gas Permits
On Dec. 5, the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed rules
that would authorize the agency to issue permits for greenhouse gas
emissions to the extent required by federal law.
As detailed in an
Oct. 23 article, the proposed rulemaking implements legislation
(H.B. 788) signed June 14 by Gov. Rick Perry (R). The bill gave the commission
express permitting authority for greenhouse gas emissions.
adopt the rules would mean a federal implementation plan requiring sources
to obtain permits for greenhouse gas emissions through EPA would remain in
effect. If adopted, the rules also would have to be approved by EPA as part
of a revised state implementation plan.
Other Energy, Climate
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, in
cooperation with the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Caucus, will hold a congressional briefing Dec. 6 at the Rayburn House Office
Building in Washington on "Renewable Energy Markets: Investment and Policy
Trends." Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis for Bloomberg New Energy
Finance (BNEF), will give an overview of global and U.S. market trends. A
panel discussion will follow on trends and barriers to increased deployment
The Bipartisan Policy Center and the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will host a public workshop in Washington on "GHG Regulation of Existing
Power Plants under the Clean Air Act: Policy Design and Impacts." The workshop
will include speakers from state organizations, industry and environmental
The Center for Strategic & International Studies
will hold two events in the week ahead in Washington. On Dec. 5, BNEF's
Zindler and Carrie McKellogg, chief of access to basic services and green
growth for the Inter-American Development Bank Group, will present
"Climatescope 2013," a report, online tool and data resource on clean energy
market and investment conditions in 26 Latin American and Caribbean
On Dec. 3, the center will host Fatih Birol, chief economist
for the International Energy Agency, to discuss the agency's "The World
Energy Outlook 2013." As detailed in a Nov. 12 article, the outlook provides projections through 2035 on
the use of oil, coal, natural gas, renewable energy and nuclear power. Energy
security, climate change, economic development and universal access to energy
also are covered.
The Public Policy Institute of California will hold a
discussion Dec. 3 in San Francisco on "Climate Change and California's
Future." Speakers include Steven Chu, former energy secretary; Mary Nichols,
chairman of the California Air Resources Board; and George Shultz, former
secretary of state.
During the week of Dec. 2, the Solar Energy
Industries Association will hold two webinars. A Dec. 3 webinar will cover DOE's SunShot Initiative. A Dec. 5
webinar will be held on "Integrating Energy Storage Into
the Grid: Expanding Solar Energy and Reliability."
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