From: Macon.com from The Associated Press
Published April 2, 2009 06:38 AM

Highlights of draft bill to curb global warming

CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM

- Establishes a cap-and-trade program for electric utilities, oil companies and large industrial sources that release more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.

- Sets increasingly tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities, oil companies and large industrial sources. They would have to reduce global warming gases by 3 percent below 2005 levels in 2012, 20 percent in 2020, 42 percent in 2030 and 83 percent by 2050.

- Allows companies covered by plan to buy and sell allowances and to invest in projects that reduce pollution elsewhere to meet mandates.

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD

- Requires retail electricity suppliers to produce a percentage of their energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, biomass and geothermal.

- Sets targets of 6 percent in 2012, rising to 25 percent by 2025.

COAL MEASURES

- Promotes development of technologies to capture and store carbon dioxide from coal-fired plants.

- Limits the amount of carbon dioxide that new coal-fired power plants can release to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, beginning in 2015.

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OTHER MEASURES

- Prohibits EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under other provisions of the Clean Air Act.

- Establishes an energy efficiency resource standard requiring electricity distribution companies to encourage customers to use less electricity and natural gas.

- Directs EPA to set emissions standards for locomotives, marine vessels and non-road sources such as leaf blowers, chain saws and tractors.

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