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EPA DRAFT GUIDE ALLOWS CO2 CREDITS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASES

EPA has drafted guidelines for how corporations in its voluntary climate change program can claim some credit for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions based on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), in the midst of a growing debate over whether the purchases actually displace greenhouse gas emissions, according to a copy of the draft guide obtained by Inside EPA. The guide is available on InsideEPA.com.

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EPA Draft Guide Allows CO2 Credits For Renewable Energy Purchases

EPA has drafted guidelines for how corporations in its voluntary climate change program can claim some credit for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions based on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), in the midst of a growing debate over whether the purchases actually displace greenhouse gas emissions, according to a copy of the draft guide obtained by Inside EPA.

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Industry Suggests Peabody Ties Could Limit Impact Of DOE Coal Report

Peabody Energy -- whose officials played a key role drafting a recent Department of Energy (DOE) advisory panel report recommending ways to promote clean coal technologies and domestic coal use -- could undermine the report's policy impact because of the company's undue influence over the content of the report, which includes Peabody advertising slogans, industry sources say.

The industry concern lends credence to recent criticisms from environmentalists that the report by the National Coal Council (NCC) -- the DOE advisory panel -- is a Peabody "fantasy."

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TEXAS REGULATOR DOWNPLAYS CONCERN OVER FUTUREGEN'S CO2 INJECTION

A key Texas oil and gas industry regulator is downplaying the risks associated with underground injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Bush administration's proposed FutureGen power plant, dismissing concerns from Ohio and other states that the gas poses environmental risks that may need to be addressed at the federal level.

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CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS AT ODDS OVER TIMING OF CARBON EMISSIONS CAP

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and state Democrats are at odds over when the state should implement a first-time cap on carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from various industry sectors, a dispute that could hamper legislation key assembly Democrats introduced last week that would create a cap more quickly than what Schwarzenegger is proposing.

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EPA DRAFT GUIDE ALLOWS CO2 CREDITS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASES

EPA has drafted guidelines for how corporations in its voluntary climate change program can claim some credit for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions based on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), in the midst of a growing debate over whether the purchases actually displace greenhouse gas emissions, according to a copy of the draft guide obtained by Inside EPA. The guide is available on InsideEPA.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO OFFICIALS, ACTIVISTS SAY PLANT BLOCKS CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

San Francisco city officials and environmentalists are attempting to influence the regional water board permitting process to shut down an older power plant they contend stands in the way of the city's clean energy future. The groups are seeking stringent regional board regulation to block continued operation of the Potrero Power Plant, while at the same time paving the way for a cleaner plant that would stand out as a model for the state and nation.

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EPA DRAFT GUIDE ALLOWS CO2 CREDITS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASES

U.S. EPA has drafted guidelines for how corporations in its voluntary climate change program can claim some credit for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions based on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), in the midst of a growing debate over whether the purchases actually displace greenhouse gas emissions, according to a copy of the draft guide.

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INDUSTRY, AGENCIES DIVIDED OVER MANDATORY GHG REPORTING SCHEME

Industry sectors and state officials are divided over how a potential state mandate for companies to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions should be implemented. Mandatory reporting is vital for the state to measure GHG emissions from facilities for the possible eventual implementation of mandatory GHG reductions.

Mandatory GHG reporting across many industry sectors is recommended both by the Cal/EPA-led Climate Action Team (CAT) and AB 32, authored by California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills).

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WASTE INDUSTRY RIPS CAL/EPA GHG EMISSIONS DATA, FEARING CRACKDOWN

Representatives of major waste management companies are blasting the final report of the Cal/EPA-led Climate Action Team (CAT), claiming assertions that landfills are large sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have not been adequately explained and appear to be based on questionable data. The industry fears the CAT report may lead to new crackdowns on GHG emissions from solid waste facilities, which may be targeted in legislation this year.

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