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Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

EIA report: Clean Power Plan will lower CO2 emissions


Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the power sector declined by 363 million metric tons between 2005 and 2013, this according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Texas groups petition feds over alleged coal exemptions


Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants.

Murray Energy makes sweeping coal mine layoffs in Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia


Four different Murray Energy affiliates announced May 22 a massive series of coal mine layoffs as the Ohio-based company adjusts to market conditions, including the ongoing closure of coal-fired power plants due to the federal Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS).

French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use


France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.

California Public Utilities Commission Approves NRG Energy’s Carlsbad Energy Center


California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the SDG&E Power Purchase and Tolling Agreement for the NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) Carlsbad Energy Center.

Vermont joins international effort to fight climate change


Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont has signed on to what he called a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces to combat climate change.

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


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


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


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.

Duke plans to build natural gas-fired plant in Asheville


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.

Board of Arizona utility OKs purchase of power plant share


Officials with the Salt River Project have approved a $10 million purchase of a share in a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation.

Kansas lawmakers approve bill on state power plant controls


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.

Environmental groups, EPA settle suit over Sherco emissions


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


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


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.

Feds announce settlement with Honolulu over air violations


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.

Democrats roll out revised plan to cap carbon emissions


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.

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


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.

Calpine nears air permit for major gas-fired project in Pennsylvania


Calpine Mid-Merit LLC is nearing an air permit covering the construction of the Block 2 Electricity Generation Project at the existing electrical generation facility located in Peach Bottom Township, York County, Pa.