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Washington Energy Report - May 23


EPA Delays Boiler MACT Rules Indefinitely

On May 16, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or “Agency”) stayed indefinitely the effective date for the controversial final rules, “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters” (the “Major Source Boiler MACT”) and “Standards of Performance for New Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerator Units” (the “CISWI Rule”).  [Read more →]

Initial Briefs Filed Challenging EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

On May 20, 2011, eighty parties representing a cross-section of American business filed their opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“D.C. Circuit” or the “Court”) challenging EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) emitted by new motor vehicles endanger the public health and welfare by contributing to climate change.  A group of states filed separate briefs challenging that finding as well. [Read more →]

FERC Releases NOI on Transmission Investment

On May 19, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (”FERC” or the “Commission”) released the Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”), Promoting Transmission Investment Through Pricing Reform. [Read more →]

Senator Murkowski Submits Questions to FERC on Reliability Implications of EPA Actions

On May 17, 2011, Senator Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK), sent a letter to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff in which she expressed concern over the impact of proposed and final rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on the reliability of electricity.   [Read more →]

DOE Puts Cape Wind Loan On Hold

On May 13, 2011, the Director for Cape Wind Communications announced that the Department of Energy (“DOE”) has placed the Cape Wind Project loan guarantee application “on hold.”  [Read more →]