From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Ohio Legislature Makes Fed Rule Harder
Date: Sun Jun 29 18:00:27 MDT 2014




By Emily Holden (@emilyhholden)


When Ohio suspended a law requiring utilities to meet renewable energy and efficiency standards earlier this month, it didn't just loosen requirements for power companies. It also scaled back what the EPA considers the state’s biggest option for reducing carbon emissions.


The Ohio legislature suspended a 2008 law that required utilities to get 12.5 percent of energy from renewable sources and reduce energy use 22 percent by 2025, arguing it made electricity too expensive for working families and set unrealistic goals.


In its landmark rule released at the beginning of the month, the EPA outlined how much states might choose to rely on four different options to meet individual reduction targets. And in Ohio, the federal agency leaned heavily on renewable energy and electric efficiency, making up nearly 65 percent of Ohio’s reductions from the power sector by 2030.


Stakeholders on both sides of the carbon regulation debate say Ohio’s recent law change will make it more difficult to meet the federal recommendations. And some believe the move highlights a gap in the federal policy: a lack of consideration for state capabilities and political environments. READ THE FULL STORY.



Morning Consult Top Reads: June 22- June 27

The Top Ten Links You Clicked This Week

1) Is Vermont Too Good for the EPA’s Carbon Rule?

from Morning Consult by Emily Holden


2) Supreme Court Ruling Backs Most EPA Emission Controls

from Wall Street Journal by Brent Kendall and Amy Harder


3) US Challenges Oil Export Ban With Approvals for Two Texas companies

from Houston Chronicle by Jennifer A. Dlouhy


4) Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell

from Bloomberg by Will Wade


5) House GOP Tees Up Week of Energy Action

from Politico Pro by Darren Goode

6) Koch Brothers Unveil New Strategy at Big Donor Retreat

from Daily Beast by Peter Stone


7) GOP Presses for Info on Opting Out of Carbon Rule, but EPA Has Few Answers

from SNL by Corbin Hiar


8) US Mayors Unanimously Pass Climate Change Ideas 

from AP by Ramit Plushnick-Masti


9) Higher U.S. Natgas Price Needed to Boost Shale Growth -Economist

from Reuters by Eileen O'Grady


10) Climate Campaign Can’t Be Deaf to Economic Worries, Obama Warns

from New York Times by Coral Davenport 





Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): June 30 - July 4


Monday: Regional conference on sea level rise in Virginia @ 9 am 

Monday: American Bar Association teleconference on Yucca Mountain @ 2 pm

Tuesday: George Mason Law SCOTUS review for energy and environment @ 8:30 am 

Tuesday: Woodrow Wilson Center talk on Russia and Ukraine energy security @ 10:30 am 

Tuesday: CSIS talk on EU energy security and transatlantic cooperation @ 1 pm 

Wednesday: International Energy Agency webinar on "More Data, Less Energy" @ 7:30 am 

Friday: Federal Holiday--Fourth of July!