On August 3, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of the Existing Source Performance Standards (ESPS) component of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting the first-ever carbon dioxide emission reduction goals for States. Environmental Protection Agency, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources, 40 CFR Part 60, Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, RIN 2060-AR33 (April 3, 2015). When fully implemented by 2030, the CPP is expected to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector by 32% over 2005 levels. The final version includes significant changes from the original proposal, 79 Fed. Reg. 34829 (June 18, 2014).
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In a summer marked by partisan bickering on Capitol Hill, little noticed energy legislation moved through Congress before the traditional August recess. On August 1, 2013, the Senate approved by unanimous consent H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, and H.R. 678, Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, two bills aimed at relieving some of the regulatory constraints that have impeded the development of small scale hydropower production in recent years. Both bills had sailed through the House of Representatives earlier this year, passing by overwhelming majorities.  With this action by the Senate, the bills now head to the President’s desk for his approval.
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