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Clean Power Plan Planning Tool (CP3T): A walkthrough of Synapse’s free tool for state compliance

Register today for a free webinar with Synapse’s Patrick Knight, CP3T developer

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. EST

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When the Clean Power Plan was announced in June 2014, EPA issued proposed carbon reduction goals using a rate approach (pounds of CO2 per MWh of electricity generation), but indicated that states would have the option to convert these rate-based targets to mass-based targets (pounds of CO2). Yesterday, EPA released further guidance on how states might translate the rate-based goals to mass-based equivalents.

Synapse associate Pat Knight presented on the forthcoming Clean Power Plan Planning Tool at Sierra Club’s Clean Energy Beyond Coal Conference in San Francisco on October 9. The tool, which will help states plan for compliance with EPA’s 111(d) regulation, will be available on the Synapse website next month.

In its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, the New York Public Service Commission has undertaken an ambitious initiative to improve the New York electricity system through better incorporation of distributed energy resources (DERs): distributed generation, distributed storage, energy efficiency, and demand response.

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report last week that finds that low-carbon economic growth is possible for countries at all levels of development, if governments and businesses work together over the critical period of the next 15 years.

Will potential new EPA ozone restrictions have devastating effects on the U.S. economy? That’s the claim made by a recent NERA Economic Consulting study. Cautioning media outlets to think and write critically about such claims, Media Matters for America published an article citing experts—including Synapse senior economist Frank Ackerman—who enumerated the methodological faults of the study.

Policymakers, researchers, and advocates seeking reliable, high-quality information about the electric power sector will find a wealth of resources on Synapse’s newly designed website, launched in September 2014.

The site features:

The Vermont Public Service Board (Board) cited a Synapse report extensively in its July 9 Order in the 2014-2034 Vermont Energy Efficiency Plan Proceeding, and adopted Synapse’s recommendation that the state’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEUs) collect and report better data on customer participation so as to better understand repeat participation.

A note from Bruce Biewald, Synapse Founder and CEO

Bill Steinhurst—a dear friend, brilliant planner, tenacious expert witness, and Synapse’s first client—died peacefully on the night of July 24, surrounded by his family.

Synapse has developed a tool to estimate states’ electric-sector costs and benefits of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

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