Posts By Stephen Heins


Posted on: February 24, 2016
Eighteen states challenging the legality of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan have halted planning discussions following the Supreme Court decision to stay the regulation, according to a review by E&E staff. Of the 47 states affected by the rule, nine are weighing whether to stop preparing or perhaps slow down ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted on: February 11, 2016
Given the fact that I wrote this presentation 10 years ago for WREC Conference in Italy, I find little of it that I am embarrassed about. The names and the companies have changed, but many of the issues are still the same. Foremost, the continuing importance of energy efficiency, especially in Central and ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted on: January 8, 2016
This is a brief editorial on the recent Wall Street Journal: 'Brushing Back a Lawless EPA'. While it may be said that calling the EPA "lawless" seems a bit extreme, there are some of us who see many basic flaws in the EPA's Clean Power Plan: (1) The medical computation ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted on: October 16, 2015
For decades the EPA, with its piercing scrutiny, complex regulations, and ruthless punishment of polluters, has ruled through fear and intimidation. But with a growing list of recent debacles, scandal, and regulatory snafus, the tables may be turning, and the EPA itself may have good reason to feel afraid, especially ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: August 28, 2015
Now that the EPA has issued its final regulations for its Clean Power Plan (CPP), all of the interested parties, in and out of government, are spending hours and hours and hours reading through the 1560 page document. If the final CPP weren't so long, one could say parse like ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted on: July 15, 2015
State utility commissioners in all 50 states are under a lot of stress. First, they must formulate and plan for the future of their states' electrical grids and at the same time, keep their eyes on the developments in Washington and on the EPA whose Clean Power Plan (CPP) is ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted on: May 26, 2015
On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban.” During his interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was donating an additional $30 million to the Sierra's "anti-coal" campaign, but that he also made special provision that none of his ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted on: April 23, 2015
In the current Supreme Court case known as State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michigan and 22 other states have sued the EPA over new regulations that were designed to further reduce the level of mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants. That's almost 50 percent ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: March 25, 2015
The idea of "Cooperative Federalism" began with the New Deal in the 1930's, when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution. By the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the EPA set the minimum ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: December 19, 2014
The world of energy has entered a new phase, while reasserting its place in the world headlines--oil, pipelines, OPEC, fracking, gasoline prices, peak oil, tar sands and natural gas to mention the most overly discussed. In the meantime, another important Wisconsin and American energy story--electricity for the present and future ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management

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