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Epstein on Earth Day

Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, writes an Earth Day column aiming to educate readers on things done right. An excerpt: Nature doesn’t give us a stable, safe climate that we make dangerous. It gives us an ever-changing, dangerous climate that...

Feds Halt Energy Development in Eastern US

Today's low oil and natural gas prices are evidence of the benefits of more energy production, with U.S. shale production being the main factor in today's historically low prices. The beneficiary is the U.S. consumer, having more disposable income. At a time when this...

Level of Regulation is Absurd

In talking to business owners and managers, complaints about excessive regulation is commonplace. Regulation and operating standards are important in business planning, but the new regulation faucet seems to continually pour. Lance Brown of Partnership for Affordable...

Supreme Court Grants Regulatory Relief

The U.S. economy got some much needed relief last week when the U.S. Supreme Court paused implementation of an EPA rule until legal arguments are finally settled in the courts. The EPA's so-called Clean Power Plan is a blatant attempt by the EPA to overreach its Clean...

MEI and MMA Host Legislative Briefing

The Mississippi Energy Institute along with the Mississippi Manufacturers Association briefed Energy, Environment, and Public Utilities committee members from both the House and the Senate on the EPA's so-called Clean Power Plan. MDEQ’s Gary Rikard broke down the...

Supreme Court Loses Prominent Voice, Justice Scalia

“You’re lumping them all together,” Scalia said of the five big power companies. “Suppose you lump together all the cows in the country. Would that allow you to sue all those farmers? I mean, don’t you have to do it defendant by defendant? … Cow by cow or at least...

More Say “Oh, No” to Ozone

MEI has written previously about the negative impacts to Mississippi communities that could come with EPA's lower ozone standard. Ozone non-attainment is the term for communities who do not comply with EPA's methodology for measuring ozone compliance, but...

Did You Know: How 111(d) Could Impact U.S.

A new analysis of the EPA's Clean Power Plan conducted by NERA Economic Consulting details potential energy and consumer impacts of the CPP nationwide and in each state. The study and supporting materials are available here. Below are some highlights: Ø Double-digit...

An Update on Federal Energy Policy

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline In a predictable but alarming move, President Obama is prohibiting construction of the long-debated Keystone Pipeline. While their is no "silver bullet" for U.S. energy policy, constant improvement in energy infrastructure is central to...

Ozone Standard Goes Down, Energy Costs Go Up

Continuing the flurry of added regulation on industry, the EPA has expectedly lowered the standard for ground-level ozone. What this means is, counties that do not meet the new standard stand a good chance of being placed under economic sanctions, a designation called...

Sen. Roger Wicker Airs Concerns Over Impact of 111(d)

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker put EPA top official Janet McCabe on the hot seat earlier this month during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the unrealistic, unattainable, and incredibly costly goals set forth in the President's Clean Power Plan. See...

EPA Announces New Rules to Cut Methane Emissions

At a remarkable pace, EPA is issuing costly new rules adding more uncertainty and limiting U.S. industrial growth. Just this week, EPA has now proposed rules targeting methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. To be clear, a huge share of economic growth in the...

The Economic Impact of the Clean Power Plan  

Kevin D. Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer with the Heritage Foundation, testified before the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the costly economic impact of 111(d). Dayaratna provides in-depth information charting out the national...

Regulatory Onslaught Update

Section 111(d) (i.e. The Electricity Cost Increase Plan) Mississippi's U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced their plans to co-sponsor legislation designed to put a stop to the proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation on carbon dioxide...

An Update on Section 111(d)

Mississippi's U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced their plans to co-sponsor legislation designed to put a stop to the proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation on carbon dioxide emissions, otherwise known as the Clean Power Plan. Read the...

Cost Impact Analysis of EPA’s 111(d)

MS Energy Institute Cost Impact Analysis of EPA 111(d) Proposal EPA recently proposed to require that states enact programs to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Mississippi Energy Institute (MEI) estimates minimum incremental capital costs...

Electric Rates Will Skyrocket Under EPA Plan

A Guest Column by MEI President Patrick Sullivan recently published by the Clarion Ledger on 9/14/14 Mississippians should be aware of what’s brewing in a new proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If implemented as planned, the added costs to...

The Energy-Water Nexus

Mississippi is blessed with abundant water resources, something important for a number of industrial applications, specifically energy production. Just how valuable is this natural resource strength? Check out the graphic...

U.S. Carbon Emissions at Lowest Level in Over Two Decades

The Energy Information Agency recently issued a report stating that the U.S. energy sector’s carbon dioxide emissions fell last year to their lowest level since 1994. During that same 28-year period, real U.S. gross domestic product rose 56 percent. When it comes to...

EPA Seeking to Take Coal Out of U.S. Electricity Mix

Last Friday, the EPA proposed the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations on new power plants. By putting significant limits on carbon dioxide emissions, the proposed regulations seem to be aimed at pricing coal out of the next generation of electricity production. They...

Fate of U.S. LNG Export Industry Lingers

In response to criticism that the DOE terminal approval process is hindering the U.S. from competing globally, Energy Secretary Moniz insisted that the Obama administration is “working hard” to evaluate companies’ bids to broadly export U.S. natural gas at an August 1...

A Plan for Energy Scarcity

The Obama Administration this week unveiled its agenda aimed at combating climate change. The problem is, if we take the President at his word that carbon-based energy (which provides around 80% of all energy used in the U.S. and the world) is damaging the planet,...

EPA Updates Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the first federal air and emissions standards associated with hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking). The new standards would require companies to implement “green completion” techniques where gas is captured at...

Federal Inconsistency on Permitting Efficiency

A Wall Street Journal op-ed piece highlights an action that could be positive for energy and infrastructure developments across the country - streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The problem is, this kind of attention to job creating, energy...

Entergy Mississippi Seeks to Join MISO

Entergy Mississippi is proposing to the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to join the regional transmission organization, MISO. MISO's network currently serves 11 Midwest states and part of Canada. The addition of Entergy's transmission system would extend...