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EPA Clean Power Plan Comments Due Soon

EPA is soliciting comments on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Federal Plan and Proposed Model Rules, to be submitted by January 21st. EPAPlease note that there are a number of topics that may be of interest to combined heat and power (CHP) stakeholders, including those in the following sections of the Preamble:

  • Section IV.C.3 on Eligible Emission Reduction Measures for ERC Generation (80 FR at p. 64994)
  • Section IV.D.6.b on Issuance of ERCs for Measures Used to Adjust an Emission Rate (p. 64999)
  • Section IV.D.8.d on Non-Affected CHP EM&V Requirements (p. 65005)
  • Section V.D.3.b on Set-Asides for Renewable Energy Projects (p. 65019)
  • Section V.D.4 on Provisions to Encourage Early Action through the Clean Energy Incentive Program, including low-income energy efficiency projects (p. 65025)

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How to Comment Comments on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Federal Plan and Proposed Model Rules must be received by January 21, 2016. Be sure to reference Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0199.

If you or your business have questions regarding CHP, renewable energy projects, energy law or real estate law, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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PJM and Gas Pipelines Coordinate to Fuel Electric Power Plants

PJM Interconnection and several large interstate natural gas pipelines that provide fuel for electric generators in the PJM footprint, which includes Pennsylvania, have signed a memorandum of understanding spelling out coordination efforts to promote reliability. They have agreed to work more closely with each other to improve operational planning and address growing interdependence between the electric and natural gas industries.

“This agreement sets the stage for greater coordination between electric generators and the natural gas pipeline industry” said Mike Kormos, PJM Chief Operations Officer.  “As electricity-generating facilities increasingly turn to natural gas, it is important that we all communicate clearly to assure reliable service.”

PJM Interconnection – a regional transmission organization that coordinates wholesale electricity for 13 states and the District of Columbia – and several large natural gas pipelines that provide fuel for electric power generators in the PJM footprint have agreed to work more closely with each other to improve operational planning and address growing interdependence between the electric and natural gas industries.  “These individual pipeline companies and PJM are to be commended for taking the initiative to create a process to promote greater transparency and shared knowledge. Continued dialogue will result in more informed decisions by the PJM market participants that operate and rely upon gas-fired electric generators,” said Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. The intent of the agreement is to provide a better understanding of the needs of gas-fired generators and work toward providing reliable and flexible solutions that promote adequate natural gas pipeline capacity.

In addition to the PJM Interconnection, parties to the coordination effort include Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP; Dominion Transmission, Inc.; Columbia Gas Transmission LLC; National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Texas Gas Transmission, LLC; and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. The parties are also in consultation with the Independent Market Monitor, Monitoring Analytics. As permitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order No. 787, PJM and the participating pipeline companies plan to share certain non-public information to promote reliable service and improved operational planning for both the electric grid and the interstate natural gas pipeline network. The initial effort will continue through June 2016, and will be evaluated for next steps. The parties expect to communicate their progress and any insights that emerge from this continued dialogue to the FERC and other interested stakeholders.

Contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C. for more information or assistance with electric and gas matters.

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Obama Clean Power Plan Impacts on Pennsylvania

On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan.  So what does it mean for Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has expressed support for the President’s Clean Power Plan, “Pennsylvania is a leader in energy, and we need to do everything in our power to advance the next generation of energy production while protecting jobs in Pennsylvania,” continued Governor Wolf. “Clean coal is a part of our energy portfolio, as is natural gas, solar, wind, and other sources of power, and all of this has to be part of a comprehensive strategy. My administration looks forward to working with industry leaders and legislators as well as citizens to find the right balance and develop and effective and responsible state plan.”

Pennsylvanians will have multiple options for input as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formulates a state-specific plan to comply with the EPA rule. A public comment period on the EPA rule will begin in early September, with additional comment periods over the next three years as the Pennsylvania plan is drafted and finalized.  We can assist you with such comments.

The opinions of other Pennsylvania stakeholders, including yours, will be heard over the coming days, weeks, months, and years.  Prince Law Offices, P.C. can help you and your business be heard, control utility costs, leverage renewable wind, solar, Combined Heat Power (CHP) and more.  Contact Attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin for more information.  Here is what President Obama views as the impacts of his Clean Power Plan to Pennsylvania from https://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change:

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