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NY GHG Reduction 'Impossible' Without Nuclear, Renewables Necessary


New York’s State Energy Planning Board released the state’s 2015 Energy Plan that anticipates the state’s future energy needs and goals.

Xcel Suggests Early Retirement of 2 Sherco Coal Units, Combined-Cycle Replacement


Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), due in part to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's almost-final Clean Power Plan, has shifted gears and now wants to retire its coal-fired Sherco Units 1 and 2 early to mid-next decade, instead of around 2030 as it originally planned.

Georgia Power Permanently Closing All 29 of Company's Ash Ponds


Georgia Power is preparing to permanently close all 29 of the company’s ash ponds in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residual Rule and the new Effluent Limitation Guidelines.

EPA Announces New, Tougher Smog Standards


Based on the review of more than 2,300 scientific studies, the EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb in an effort to reduce Americans’ exposure to ozone and improve public health.

EPA Finalizes Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a rule reducing the discharge of toxic pollutants from steam electric power plants into the country’s waterways. New mandates will decrease permissible discharge of toxins including mercury, arsenic, lead and selenium by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce the withdrawal of water by 57 billion gallons per year. 

Sequoyah Nuclear Reactors Can Operate Another 20 Years: NRC


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the license renewals for units 1 and 2 of the Sequoyah nuclear power plant.

GE's New High-Efficiency HA Gas Turbines Bound for Projects in New Jersey, Korea


GE’s new high-efficiency gas turbines will soon provide clean, reliable power for projects on opposite sides of the globe.  The 7HA.02 gas turbines are replacing aging plants in New Jersey and Korea.

NRG Permits Coal-to-Gas Conversion at Shawville Plant in Pennsylvania


NRG REMA LLC has applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a proposed natural gas addition to the utility boilers at the coal-fired Shawville Generating Station located in Clearfield County, said the DEP in a notice published in the Sept. 26 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

China Plans to Launch National Cap-and-Trade Program


China is preparing to announce plans to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

Capstone Microturbine to Power Silica Manufacturer in Italy


California microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine has finalized an order for a C1000 microturbine, which will upgrade the processing plant at a silica manufacturing facility in Italy.

Sierra Club Sues EPA Over Haze from Louisiana Coal Plants


The Sierra Club is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the regulator to make sure Louisiana's coal-powered plants cut down on haze-causing pollution, and thereby clear up the skies above wilderness areas in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Coal-Fired Unit at Kentucky's Elmer Smith Power Plant Set to Retire in Coming Years


Owensboro Municipal Utilities will shut down Unit 1 of the Elmer Smith Power Plant sometime between 2019 and 2021.

Clean Tech a Top Priority as Chinese President Lands in US


Discussing how U.S. and Chinese experts and businesses can collaborate on nuclear energy, smarter electricity use and other clean technologies is a top agenda item as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle Tuesday, almost a year after he and President Barack Obama announced their nations would cooperate to fight climate change.

Notre Dame Says Plan to Stop Burning Coal Pays for Itself


The Sierra Club said Notre Dame was the 35th U.S. university since 2012 to adopt such a plan, leaving 27 that still have coal-burning plants. The environmental organization called on the utility that provides 50 percent of the school's power, to sever its reliance on fossil fuels.

Washington State to Write New Rule to Limit Carbon Pollution


The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed capping greenhouse gases from the state's 35 largest emitters, rolling out a new rule-making process months after Gov. Jay Inslee failed to get legislation passed on his ambitious cap-and-trade plan.

NRG's Avon Lake Power Plant to Continue Burning Coal


NRG announced last Friday it would continue to burn coal at its Avon Lake power plant in Ohio. The plant had planned to switch to cleaner-burning natural gas, but decided instead to add new pollution control measures to its existing coal-fired boilers to meet emissions regulations.

EPA Works Out Deal to Settle Lawsuit Over 2 PacifiCorp Coal Plants in Utah


The proposed consent decree establishes proposed and final deadlines for EPA to take action to meet its obligations with respect to Utah.

Firm Offers Regional Rundown of Clean Power Plan Impact


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) affects every state differently based on the unique emissions profile of individual states, the K&L Gates law firm said in a Sept. 11 analysis of the EPA plan.

Texas Agency Nears Permits on 3,400-MW Gas-Fired Project


FGE Eagle Pines LLC is nearing issuance by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of a State Air Quality Permit, Prevention of Significant Deterioration Air Quality Permit and a Greenhouse Gas PSD Air Quality Permit that would authorize construction of the FGE Eagle Pines Project, a natural gas-fired combined-cycle turbine power plant.

Kansas Gets 1st Combined-Cycle Power Plant with Conversion of Coal-Fired Plant


Empire District Electric Co.’s Riverton Power Plant is in the process of being converted from coal to natural gas – the company's response to new emission standards for mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.