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Environmental and public health groups are offering early pitches on how EPA could strengthen its proposed oil and gas methane rules -- including with stepped-up inspections for smaller operations and prohibiting routine gas flaring -- as they also endorse EPA’s concept of bolstering community monitoring of emissions leaks.

Electric utility executives say investments to significantly reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions could boost grid reliability and benefit consumers with affordable, cleaner energy sources, signaling the industry’s relative comfort with the Biden administration’s near-term climate goals for the power sector.

Owners of coal-fired power plants may offer to retire the units early rather than install expensive yet relatively inefficient measures to limit their greenhouse gas emissions after EPA issues expected “inside-the-fence” power sector GHG standards under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, some observers say.

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from global shipping have stalled as member countries of the U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) failed to agree on mechanisms to cut emissions, amid disagreements over long-term goals for the sector, and specific Biden administration doubts about a proposed industry research fund for zero-carbon technology.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public input on how to implement new infrastructure law funding to deploy electric vehicle (EV) chargers or other alternative fueling infrastructure, floating questions on issues associated with placement and design of such equipment and flagging equity as a particular goal.

The latest quarterly California-Quebec greenhouse gas credit auction has again broken record highs for sale prices, with all of the 77 million carbon allowances selling for over $28 apiece, nearly $11 above the floor price, and netting California more than $1.3 billion for programs to reduce GHGs and adapt to climate change.

State insurance regulators are resisting Biden administration plans to bolster federal oversight of insurers’ financial risks from climate change and are instead urging officials to preserve and bolster their ongoing efforts to set their own requirements for insurers to account for both physical and transition risks stemming from a warming climate.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick (D) is weighing how the commission could conduct long-term monitoring of natural gas companies’ efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases from projects it approves, while acknowledging such a step would be an expansion from the commission’s prior role.

The Department of Energy has notified its advisory body on coal it is revamping the group’s charter, citing the need to “generally modernize” the panel and take into account “matters currently faced by the coal industry, workers and communities” -- including the recent 2020 energy law and newly enacted bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

A standards-writing group for voluntary carbon markets is applauding the international trading rules produced at the Glasgow climate talks, saying they reaffirm that voluntary trading programs continue to remain outside the scope of countries’ obligations to achieve emission cuts in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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