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

07/30/2015

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.

Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California

07/30/2015

California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday.

Portland General Electric reports Carty plant 60% complete

07/29/2015

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

07/28/2015

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

07/27/2015

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.

Hillary Clinton calls for dramatic increase in renewable power

07/27/2015

In a proposal released Sunday evening, Hillary Clinton announced that if she is elected president she will push for two national goals to combat climate change

Commission expects no major Michigan power shortfall in 2016

07/24/2015

The Michigan Public Service Commission says it's unlikely there will be a significant power shortage in the state next year.

Colorado officials ready for new carbon emission air rules

07/24/2015

Colorado officials say they're ready for an expected EPA rule by next month that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030.

Mississippi delegation attacks carbon dioxide limits

07/24/2015

All members of Mississippi's congressional delegation say new federal carbon dioxide reduction goals are prohibitively expensive and unattainable, despite significant investments to improve air quality in the state.

DNR wants to expand projects that don't require analysis

07/24/2015

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to permanently expand the list of projects that don't require an environmental analysis, including air pollution permits, decisions affecting factory farms and dam repairs.

NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules

07/22/2015

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.

Oklahoma's lawsuit over the Clean Power Plan crashes and burns at federal court

07/20/2015

The ink was barely dry on a July 1 lawsuit that the Oklahoma Attorney General filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the proposed Clean Power Plan when a federal judge on July 17 gave the suit a quick heave-ho, saying the suit was premature and filed in the wrong court.

Inslee struggled to pass climate bills, blames Republicans

07/16/2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has gained national attention for rolling out some of the most ambitious climate initiatives in the country, signing pacts with other Western states and speaking at an international summit.

Cutting carbon emissions brings economic impact to RGGI region

07/14/2015

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

OMB discusses social cost of carbon at $36/ton

07/13/2015

On July 2, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a blog post outlining changes to its calculation of the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), which stands at $36/ton for 2015.

Duke Energy begins demolition of smoke stacks at N.C. plant

07/09/2015

Duke Energy this week announced it will begin to demolish the smokestacks at its L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C. as part of its continuing effort to decommission the aging coal-fired facility.

VIDEO: EPA chief says climate plan on track despite mercury ruling

07/08/2015

A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

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.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma seeks rate increase

07/02/2015

Public Service Company of Oklahoma is asking for a 13.6 percent rate increase it says is needed to help comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates.

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.