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Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit


Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

Portland General Electric reports Carty plant 60% complete


Portland General Electric Co. (NYSE:POR) said July 28 that construction of the 440-MW Carty natural gas-fired Carty baseload power plant near Boardman, Ore., is 60% complete.

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states


A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative wants to buy lease on 594-MW Bluegrass plant


East Kentucky Power Cooperative applied July 24 with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval to acquire and operate the existing simple-cycle combustion turbine facilities in LaGrange in Oldham County, Kentucky, from Bluegrass Generation Co. LLC and for approval to assume certain evidences of indebtedness related to this acquisition.

NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules


A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.

Company to settle coal-fired plant emissions violations for $7M


Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, agreed to install emissions controls and meet emissions reduction rates from seven coal-fired power plants in Iowa.

U.S. utilities reduce power plant emissions since 2008, report says


A report from MJ Bradley & Associates LLC says that most of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. have significantly reduced power plant emissions in recent years.

Cutting carbon emissions brings economic impact to RGGI region


States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have seen economic benefits in regulating carbon emissions through market-based mechanisms.

Report: Power gen industry will adapt to comply with Clean Power Plan


A report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) says the power generation industry will come up with options to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan under potential market-based mechanisms.

Energy Storage: The Key to the Modern Grid


Adoption of energy storage has evolved greatly in the last five years.

Under the Big Tent (Maybe)


You may not see them, but many tents are being pitched around the world.

Falling Ozone NAAQS Ahead


We've reached that time of the decade when EPA changes the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead


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.

Alabama Power reaches coal-fired power plant emissions control settlement


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.

SaskPower launches Carbon Capture Test Facility


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.

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


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.


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.

Emissions levels can peak by 2020, IEA says


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).  

Natural gas-fired power plant in Delaware substantially completed


Oklahoma-based Matrix Service Co. said that it’s subsidiary, Matrix North American Construction, substantially completed the Calpine (NYSE: CPN) Garrison Energy Center, an EPC joint venture with Parsons Brinckerhoff.

West Virginia PSC approves base rate hike for Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power


The West Virginia Public Service Commission on May 26 authorized the Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) and Wheeling Power Co. (WPCo) subsidiaries of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) for an overall increase in rates of $123.5 million.