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PNM files ownership plan, coal supply deal with regulators

07/02/2015

New Mexico's largest electric provider says it's on track to meeting a deadline for submitting to regulators key documents related to the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan

07/02/2015

A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

GAO looks at reliability impacts of changing power generation mix

07/01/2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on June 29 released a study provided a month before to members of Congress that looks at how the mix of energy sources for electricity generation has changed, and the growth in electricity consumption has slowed.

On the day after MATS decision, Bernstein sees only a limited reprieve for coal units

07/01/2015

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), Bernstein is saying that the coal plant retirement bloodletting by 2020 won’t be quite as bad as previously forecast.

Pence says Indiana will not comply with coal plant regulations

07/01/2015

Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

06/30/2015

Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now

06/30/2015

The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.

Appeals court backs MSHA on plan for mine serving Prairie State

06/29/2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed with a branch of the Labor Department in finding that Prairie State Generation must show that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was “arbitrary and capricious” when it cited the company for problems with the mine safety and ventilation plan for an underground coal mine in Lively Grove, Ill.

Appalachian Power explains lack of more coal-to-gas conversions

06/29/2015

The Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) told the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 24 that it never did it a complete study on the costs of converting several recently-shut coal units to natural gas, but such conversions are generally too expensive and that this capacity isn't needed anyway.

Court rules against limits on power plant mercury emissions

06/29/2015

A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempts to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup

06/29/2015

Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead

06/29/2015

Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located.

Michigan utilities work to comply with air pollution rule

06/26/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision this week about new mercury and toxic air emissions standards for power plants, but Michigan's utility companies have already been working toward compliance.

House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat

06/26/2015

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke

06/26/2015

Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond.

Alabama Power reaches coal-fired power plant emissions control settlement

06/26/2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice lodged a proposed modification with Alabama Power to further reduce coal-fired power plant emissions.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

06/25/2015

The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

Weekly Coal Production Report

06/25/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended June 13, 2015.

House GOP targets Obama climate plan for US power plants

06/25/2015

Defying a White House veto threat, House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

Google building data center at Alabama power plant site

06/24/2015

Technology giant Google is planning to build a $600 million data center at a former coal-fired power plant in Alabama, and the facility is expected to create up to 100 new jobs, Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday.

Coal, industrial representatives tote up the Clean Power Plan costs for Senate panel

06/24/2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, calling for 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions by 2030 for existing power plants, would have huge cost impacts on both residential and industrial power consumers, said witnesses at a June 23 U.S. Senate hearing.

SaskPower launches Carbon Capture Test Facility

06/23/2015

Last Thursday SaskPower officially launched its Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Built in partnership with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., the CCTF is a high-tech laboratory that uses a small amount of exhaust (flue) gas from the neighboring Shand Power Station and allows researchers to test equipment, chemical innovation, or engineering designs in a highly controlled environment.

Duke Energy plans to dig up, move coal ash from most pits

06/23/2015

Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds in North Carolina, the company said Tuesday, as it works to excavate or safely close pits seeping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater each day.

Companies team to develop low-cost carbon capture solution

06/23/2015

CO2 Solutions Inc. signed a collaboration agreement with Ohio-based Cleveland Gas Systems LLC (GasTran) to strengthen key value propositions of CO2 Solutions’ carbon capture technology.

McConnell slips Clean Power Plan poison pill into Senate appropriations bill

06/22/2015

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced June 18 that he secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill that would protect states from any consequences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should they forego submitting a state plan for complying with the agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Pennsylvania seeks comment on air permit for Homer City power plant

06/22/2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has out for comment for 30 days from June 20 a draft air permit approval for the coal-fired Homer City power plant.

Report: Health benefits of controlling power plant wastewater pollution could top $300M

06/19/2015

A report published Wednesday by a collective of health and environmental conservation organizations asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated the monetary health benefits of controlling metal pollutants like arsenic, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury in the nation’s water sources.

Weekly Coal Production Report

06/18/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended June 13, 2015.

Phosphorus Elimination in Cooling Tower Treatment Program

06/18/2015

Today, there is a heightened focus on environmental sustainability, and for good reason. Gone are the days of opening valves and discharging unregulated waste streams into the environment. Industry has seen the impact of heightened scrutiny from the public and regulatory bodies.

Hydropower's Untapped Potential

06/18/2015

A close look at the hydropower industry reveals a bullish future. Learn about how upgrading existing turbines and embracing small-scale hydro could give an old industry new life.

Using Advanced Modeling to Accelerate the Scale-Up of Carbon Capture Technologies

06/18/2015

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of many approaches that is critical for significantly reducing domestic and global CO2 emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program Plan envisions second-generation CO2 capture technologies ready for demonstration-scale testing around 2020, with the goal of enabling commercial deployment by 2025.

Coal-To-Gas Plant Conversions in the U.S.

06/18/2015

As anyone familiar with the U.S. utility industry can tell you, the power generation business is cyclical. Fuel prices, regulations and capacity needs create periods of peak new-build and plant upgrade activity necessary to meet the demands of the market.

EPRI awarded $3mn to research power plant dry cooling technologies

06/18/2015

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) won a $3 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a novel dry cooling technology for thermal power plants.

Validating New Technologies is the Key to Lasting Commercial Success

06/18/2015

Historically, the introduction of new gas turbines to the market has resulted in unforeseen problems during early operation.

Industry officials push for congressional fix for EPA's coal waste disposal rule

06/17/2015

Two witnesses from the power and coal ash recycling industries told a U.S. Senate committee on June 17 that more work needs to be done on a final coal combustion waste rule issued last December by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency so that the rule works for industry.

Nevada regulators reject Switch bid to leave power grid

06/16/2015

A Las Vegas data storage company that uses lots of electricity can't unplug from the main power supplier in the state, utility regulators decided Wednesday.

Court strikes down rules aiming to cut coal plant pollution

06/16/2015

A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.

IEA report coal, nuclear natural gas, renewable energy

Emissions levels can peak by 2020, IEA says

06/15/2015

Global energy emissions could peak as soon as 2020 if the world bans the construction of new coal-fired power stations, phases out subsidies for fossil fuels, and increases the use of power fueled by nuclear, natural gas and renewable resources, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).  

EIA Weekly Coal Production

Weekly Coal Production

06/11/2015

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended June 6, 2015.

House Republicans would cut EPA spending 9 percent

06/10/2015

House Republicans proposed a spending bill Tuesday that cuts the budget at the Environmental Protection Agency by 9 percent and tries to prevent the Obama administration from enacting several regulations.

Ergon Energy, SaskPower awarded International Edison Award

06/10/2015

Ergon Energy Corp. (Ergon) of Australia and Saskatchewan Power Corp. (SaskPower) of Canada received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2015 International Edison Award.

Peter Davidson, Executive Director, LPO

Peter Davidson, LPO Exec. Director, announces resignation

06/09/2015

Peter Davidson, Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced he is leaving his position effective June 30.

D.C. Circuit Court denies suits challenging EPA’s proposed emissions rule

06/09/2015

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — on Tuesday — denied two lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's plan to address climate change because the proposed rule — that would require states to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  — has yet to be finalized. 

Tampa Electric receives 2015 Edison Award

06/09/2015

Tampa Electric received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2015 Edison Award — during the 88th annual EEI Awards, in New Orleans — for its design and construction of a  reclaimed water system at its Polk Power Station in Polk County, Florida.

G-7 set far-off goal to move away from fossil fuels

06/08/2015

The world should move away from using fossil fuels by the end of this century, G-7 leaders said Monday, setting an ambitious but distant goal ahead of a global conference on climate change this year.

Nuclear must be part of U.S. energy future

06/08/2015

Nuclear energy must continue to be an essential part of the future U.S. energy mix, but building new nuclear power plants is not a feat that can be undertaken by anyone, one industry leader said.

West Virginia PSC asked to approve deal to rescue Ambit coal plant

06/08/2015

Citing "dire" economic circumstances that could close a coal-fired power plant, American Bituminous Power Partners LP (AmBit) and power customer Monongahela Power on June 5 jointly asked the West Virginia Public Service Commission to approve an amendment to their Electric Energy Purchase Agreement (EEPA).

Fitch cuts Mississippi Power credit rating on Kemper issues

06/08/2015

Fitch Ratings lowered its credit rating for Mississippi Power by one notch from A- to BBB+ Friday, saying there remain "elevated risks" of financial, regulatory and construction trouble at the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant.

Interior secretary: Administration not turning back on coal

06/08/2015

Obama administration officials aren't "turning our backs on coal," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Friday during a visit to West Virginia, where the president's climate change proposals have taken heat.

Mississippi senators attack carbon dioxide limits

06/08/2015

Mississippi's Republican senators are supporting legislation to prevent implementation of new Environmental Protect Agency rules regulating coal-fired power plants.