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July 10, 2014 – Austin, TX

POLICY

EPA’s GHG Rule Draws Texas-Sized Response

Early last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a 130-page rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal power plants by 30 percent by 2030 through its Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule.  Comments are due October 16, 2014.  The EPA estimates the rule will save thousands of lives, dramatically reduce asthma and result in $93 billion in health benefits.  Existing power plants are purported to account for 38 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the primary greenhouse gas… Continue reading

June 19, 2014 – Austin, TX

POLICY
Protecting People and Places from the Unknown

Cybersecurity threats pose a serious and ongoing challenge to the Texas and U.S. energy sector and its digitally-enabled delivery systems.  Attacks may impact the availability of the systems to perform critical functions, the integrity of the systems or the confidentiality of sensitive information ultimately impacting security, public safety and the economy.

The U.S. has been fortunate to have experienced limited successful cyber attacks on its electric grid.  Of the 256 cyber-attacks documented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2013, more than… Continue reading

June 5, 2014 – Austin, TX

Policy: Good Neighbors: Mexico Powering Ahead on Energy Reform with Key Congressional Deliberations coming in June

Mexico passed significant energy reform legislation in December of last year that fundamentally transformed the country’s power and hydrocarbon markets for the first time since Mexico’s nationalization of oil reserves in 1938.  The legislation will transition the monopoly oil and energy industries to state-owned enterprises, create a new regulatory framework and open the energy sector to private investment.  Upon passage of the related enabling legislation, the reform is expected to provide for an influx of private… Continue reading

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