More Emissions Regulations & Policy News

EPA holds public meetings on Clean Power Plan

07/23/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold four hearings in two-days on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28, 2014.

ERCC asks for 60-day extension for EPA CO2 comments

07/10/2014

As expected, the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council (ERCC) has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the comment period of the Clean Power Plan by at least 60 days.

Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples

07/10/2014

Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem.

China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions

07/09/2014

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.

Missouri Governor Signs Carbon Emissions Bill

07/08/2014

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

New EPA rule won't affect power plants

07/07/2014

None of Kentucky's coal-fired power plants will close because of new emission standards released last month by the Environmental Protection Agency, a state official told lawmakers Thursday.

Florida utility signs PPA for Georgia nuclear power

07/07/2014

Florida-based JEA signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output from the new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia.

PNM plans for more renewable energy

07/02/2014

New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

Obama claims progress on curbing climate change

06/26/2014

A year after unveiling sweeping plans to tackle climate change, President Barack Obama is highlighting efforts by his administration toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, even though some of the most ambitious steps Obama has pledged remain in limbo.

Video: Holmstead sees EPA CO2 plan being overturned; Tierney hails potential for regional cooperation

06/24/2014

Power industry lawyer Jeffrey Holmstead believes the plans that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has forwarded to reduce carbon dioxide from the power sector are legally flawed an likely to be overturned in the courts.

Oklahoma AG responds to victory challenging EPA’s authority, Clean Air Act

06/23/2014

On Monday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the state’s won a significant victory after challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legal authority under the Clean Air Act.

Justices limit existing US global warming rules

06/23/2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Groups protest resource plan covering Wyoming PRB coal

06/23/2014

Wyoming citizen organizations and national environmental groups wrote to the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on June 19 asking them to order a re-write of BLM's Buffalo Resource Management Plan due in part to coal mining concerns.

Sierra Club Beyond Coal leader wants ‘orderly’ move away from fossil power by 2030

06/23/2014

Senior Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Bruce Nilles was interviewed by GenerationHub June 12 and the discussion focused on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing plants and various related issues.

Murray Energy sues over carbon emissions rules

06/23/2014

An Ohio-based coal operator has sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for America's power plants.

OPPD to shut down coal units, convert others to natural gas

06/19/2014

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) plans to retire three of the oldest coal-fired generating units at the North Omaha Station.

North Dakota may expand wind energy for neighbors

06/18/2014

North Dakota could play a larger role in generating wind energy to send its neighbors under new federal rules intended to curb carbon emissions, though the state is likely to keep relying almost entirely on coal to keep its own lights on.

EPA envisions 4% heat rate improvement at coal plants

06/11/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thinks it's reasonable to expect coal-fired power plants can make an improvement of at least 4% in their heat rates and, as a result, curb carbon dioxide emissions.

EPA promotes global warming proposal to governors

06/11/2014

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors Tuesday, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years.

Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle

06/10/2014

The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet.