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FERC letter suggests ‘safety valve,’ easing interim goals in EPA CO2 plan

05/20/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might consider easing the “interim” carbon dioxide reduction timetable and also developing a reliability “safety valve” for the Clean Power Plan.

Obama frames global warming as national security threat

05/20/2015

President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.

Hickenlooper rejects GOP call to ignore EPA coal rules

05/20/2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants, saying Colorado has a long history of protecting its environment - despite its heavy reliance on coal.

Senate panel also on board with capping NC energy mandates

05/20/2015

There's a contingent in the North Carolina Senate that wants to join House lawmakers and stop expanding requirements for electric companies to generate more power through alternative sources and energy efficiencies.

Duke plans to build natural gas-fired plant in Asheville

05/19/2015

Duke Energy said Tuesday it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity.

Oklahoma Senate moves to eliminate wind tax credits

05/19/2015

The Oklahoma Senate gave unanimous approval on Friday to a pair of bills that will end two separate tax subsidies for the wind industry in Oklahoma, including one that costs the state tens of millions of dollars each year.

Kansas lawmakers approve bill on state power plant controls

05/19/2015

Kansas legislators have approved a bill to require them to sign off on a state plan for complying with a federal rule designed to lower carbon emissions from power plants.

Exelon and Pepco Holdings to fulfill conditions from Maryland Public Service Commission merger order

05/18/2015

Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings Inc. today announced that the companies have completed their review of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s order approving their merger and have committed to fulfill the modified, more stringent conditions and package of customer benefits imposed by the Commission.

Environmental groups, EPA settle suit over Sherco emissions

05/18/2015

Clean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement that will reduce emissions from the Sherco plant in Sherburne County.

Canada plans to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030

05/18/2015

Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.

Cheryl LaFleur addresses changes at FERC and in wider energy world

05/18/2015

There are plenty of changes taking place both at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the wider power and natural gas industry it regulates, FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur told a May 15 gathering sponsored by ICF International in Washington, D.C.

Xcel Energy says more time needed for Clean Power Plan targets

05/18/2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) will cause a big shift in the country’s generating resources and will serve as an opportunity for job creation, but more time is needed to meet the plan’s goals, according to panelists at TransmissionHub’s TransForum West in Denver.

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

05/14/2015

Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to environmental crimes and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

Feds announce settlement with Honolulu over air violations

05/14/2015

The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced settlement details with the city and county of Honolulu to resolve air emission problems caused by a closed landfill.

Nuclear energy is key to U.S. energy future, senator says

05/14/2015

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said nuclear energy will be a key in the future of U.S. energy.

NRC sets 2017 deadline for nuclear power plants’ earthquake risk analysis

05/13/2015

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) set a June 2017 deadline for two nuclear power plants to conduct in-depth analyses of their updated earthquake risk.

Energy Future Holdings seeks extra time to lodge its final reorganization plan

05/13/2015

The bankruptcy court for Energy Future Holdings has scheduled a June 1 hearing on a May 11 motion by Energy Future Holdings and related companies for extra time to file a final reorganization plan without fear of a competing plan being filed.

Democrats roll out revised plan to cap carbon emissions

05/12/2015

Washington state Democrats are re-crafting Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious plan to make industrial polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, hoping their version could win over some businesses and others wary of its impacts.

House approves $936mn for nuclear industry, Obama to veto

05/11/2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approved $35.4 billion in an energy and water spending legislation, which President Obama said he would veto if it reached his desk in its current form.

Genscape report says 8,700 MW to retire in PJM during May and June

05/11/2015

The already significant pace of coal plant retirements in PJM Interconnection is about to kick into high gear over the next couple of months, according to a new study by Genscape.