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Gas, solar, wind generation will dominate in the future


Of the planned or under construction generation projects tracked by GenerationHub for the period between 2015 and 2017, 95% of the projects, which total 135.3 GW, are either natural gas, solar or wind facilities, Kent Knutson, director of Hub Services for PennWell, said on Feb. 19.

APPA chief calls EPA CO2 plan ‘simply unworkable’


American Public Power Association (APPA) President and CEO Susan Kelly told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Feb. 19 that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) is important but the current proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as currently drafted is not ready for prime time.

Energy study: EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not jeopardize reliability of U.S. power system


The design and implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which is intended to reduce the U.S. electric system’s CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, will not jeopardize or compromise the reliability of the U.S. power system, according to a study by Analysis Group energy experts.

Exelon: EPA’s Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants Can Be Implemented Reliably and on Time Using Existing Market Mechanisms


The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) goal of reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers, and it can do it without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, Exelon has said.

Utilities regulator to set pollution rules under Kansas bill


Kansas' utilities regulator would have the final say in preparing a greenhouse gas reduction plan under a bill in the state Legislature.

Consumers Energy says it will have needed capacity in Michigan's Lower Peninsula


Consumers Energy assured its customers on Feb. 17 that it has the electric power they need, despite an electric supply shortfall forecast by a federal reliability organization for Michigan's Lower Peninsula in 2016.

Ameren offers modifications to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan


Ameren Corp. has proposed one of the first alternatives to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), publishing a white paper asserting that constructive and common-sense alterations to the CPP are needed to avoid the imposition of staggering costs on utility customers and significant risks to electric grid reliability.

Job losses inevitable at Avon Lake NRG Energy power plant


In a development that could cost several dozen people their jobs, NRG Energy is contemplating the conversion of its Avon Lake coal-fired power plant to natural gas—this according to an article from the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio.

Proposal tries to help wean Washington off coal-fired power


Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.

Exelon predicts Illinois nuclear legislation soon


Exelon (NYSE:EXC) officials said Feb. 13 that they expect legislation to be introduced in the Illinois General Assembly within 30 days that would seek ways to better monetize the value of the company's in-state nuclear fleet.

Otter Tail working on repairs at Coyote coal plant


Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTR) said it will take a few months before a 430-MW lignite coal plant in North Dakota that experienced significant equipment damage during a December fire can resume full-scale power generation.

Delegation: EPA reaffirms approval of North Dakota haze plan


North Dakota's congressional delegation says the federal Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its earlier approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants.

Gulf Power to retire two coal-fired units at Plant Smith by 2016


Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), announced plans to retire coal-fired generating Units 1 & 2 at the Plant Smith power plant by March 31, 2016.

WVa House passes bill letting lawmakers OK state carbon plan


The House of Delegates has passed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

Kemper power plant overruns climb another $45 million


Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) said it will spend at least another $45 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.2 billion.

Reactions swift after DOE ends FutureGen 2.0


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced late Tuesday that it was ending work on the FutureGen 2.0 clean coal project in Illinois.

NCC Report: DOE must develop stronger policy to foster adequate carbon capture and storage


The National Coal Council (NCC) today released a new study in response to a request by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

FERC chair says EPA CO2 plan will affect infrastructure planning


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan will have a big impact on infrastructure planning Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told a Washington, D.C. gathering at the National Press Club on Jan. 27.

Industry reps, regulators to debate Obama carbon limits


Representatives of Wisconsin industries, state regulators and an environmental group are set to clash over President Obama's new limits on carbon emissions during a legislative hearing.

Clyde Bergemann to supply emissions control equipment to Polish cogeneration power plant


The Clyde Bergemann Power Group Europe has received at $10 million contract, from SBB Energy, to design, supply and commission SO2 and dust reduction systems for the Będzin cogeneration plant in Poland.