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Recent posts by Johnathan Hladik

Carbon Pollution Standards Open Options for Renewable Energy

Last month the Center for Rural Affairs filed official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of proposed New Source Performance Standards. This rule creates first-ever limits on the amount of carbon pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants.

As the name implies, these standards apply only to new power plants, those that haven’t yet been built. A similar rule written exclusively for existing power plants will be released later this summer.

We Are Rural: Energy

This year we grew. From coal to clean energy, we are working to help small towns and rural communities engage in clean energy topics. We listened to your feedback – from the Midwest to the coasts – to help guide our growing portfolio.

You told us eminent domain matters in new energy projects. So we explored what can be done to avoid it. And we also came up with creative ways to make sure landowners get their fair share when new transmission projects are built.

More Renewables? Not So Fast!

Wind energy displaces nearly 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Though impressive, that is only a fraction of the six billion metric tons of carbon dioxide produced annually in the U.S. Much of this is a result of electricity generation, the largest source of greenhouse gases nationwide.

Finding A Home for Renewable Energy and Transmission

Utilities must involve America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners in critical decisions about how and where to build new energy transmission infrastructure. Finding A Home for Renewable Energy and Transmission, my new report authored with Carl Zichella of the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines clear steps to achieve this goal.

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