More Emissions Regulations & Policy News

Judge rejects most claims in federal NSR lawsuit against Luminant

08/27/2015

A federal judge on Aug. 21 dismissed most of the claims of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a Clean Air Act case against Luminant Generation Co. LLC over coal-fired emissions, but left two of the claims in place for further review.

Shale, MATS, Clean Power Plan has companies burning more gas, less coal

08/24/2015

American Electric Power Senior Vice President Timothy Light captured the current situation for many generators on Aug. 18 when he said "we are burning more gas and less coal."

Gas industry, enviros weigh in on EPA's methane reduction plan

08/19/2015

Industry and environmental groups sit on both sides of the fence after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released potential greenhouse gas emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry.

To stave off bankruptcy, PSC grants rate hike to Mississippi Power

08/19/2015

With the undisputed evidence showing that Mississippi Power "stands on the brink of bankruptcy," the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Aug. 13 granted a temporary rate hike to this Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary that allows cost recovery on the over-budget Kemper coal gasification project.

US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

08/18/2015

The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change.

San Juan plan moves forward as PNM reaches settlement with key parties

08/14/2015

PNM Resources’ New Mexico Utility, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), today filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) a settlement agreement regarding the plan to retire two units at San Juan Generating Station (SJGS). Following discussions, PNM and several key parties agreed on modifications to the original stipulation filed in October 2014. The agreement requires approval by the NMPRC.

 

Tucson power plant to stop using coal, switch to natural gas

08/13/2015

As part of its plan to diversify the resources it relies on to generate electricity, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said Thursday it will stop burning coal at its largest local power plant.

Entergy Arkansas looks at end of coal use at White Bluff plant late next decade

08/12/2015

The Sierra Club said Aug. 10 that the Entergy Arkansas (EAI) utility of Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) has indicated plans for a proposed phase out of coal use at its White Bluff power plant in Redfield, Ark.

Coal storage expansion causes dust concerns at Wisconsin power plant

08/10/2015

With plans to increase the coal storage capacity at its Oak Creek power plant near Milwaukee, We Energies has recently raised concerns about human health and the environment. As reported in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, residents have been joined by environmental organization Clean Wisconsin to request that state regulators force the utility to better control coal dust drifting from the plant into nearby neighborhoods.

Dominion’s carbon intensity rate drops by 28 percent in six years

08/10/2015

In its eighth annual Citizenship & Sustainability Report (CSR) released last Thursday, Dominion says the company's carbon intensity rate – carbon emissions per unit of electric output from its generating fleet – declined by 28 percent from 2008 to 2014. Over the same period, the company's total equivalent carbon dioxide emissions, which include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen oxides, have been reduced by about 37 percent.

U.S. carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

08/05/2015

The Energy Department says heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April.

Nebraska to join other states challenging new EPA rules

08/04/2015

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the state will join others in a legal fight against new federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits

08/03/2015

President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply.

Report: IPPs, DG, and net metering to alter generation landscape in coming years

08/03/2015

Independent power producers (IPP), distributed generation (DG), and net metering are among the factors that will most significantly alter the electricity generation landscape in the coming years.

Final EPA Clean Power Plan seeks 32% CO2 cut by 2030

08/03/2015

The Obama administration said over the weekend that the revised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan will seek a 32% reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.

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.