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New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter quoted Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton, a senior economist at Synapse, in his recent discussion on the tension between economic development and efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission found in a November 14 order that two utilities in the state should commission a study that examines the potential benefits of industrial demand-side management programs.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton presented on the impact of EPA's Clean Power Plan to consumers at the NASUCA 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. She was joined by Synapse CEO Bruce Biewald (second from right) in presenting Implications of EPA’s Proposed “Clean Power Plan”: Analyzing Consumer Impacts of the Draft Rule, a Synapse report that will serve as a common resource to help NASUCA’s members think through a broad range of potential implications of various compliance approaches to their respective consumers.

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

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Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

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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.

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