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After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules


Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

Appalachian Power explains lack of more coal-to-gas conversions


The Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) told the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 24 that it never did it a complete study on the costs of converting several recently-shut coal units to natural gas, but such conversions are generally too expensive and that this capacity isn't needed anyway.

Court rules against limits on power plant mercury emissions


A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempts to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Proposed Md. smog regulations get an airing at hearing


Environmentalists are raising a stink about Maryland's approach to air pollution.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup


Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead


Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located.

Michigan utilities work to comply with air pollution rule


The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision this week about new mercury and toxic air emissions standards for power plants, but Michigan's utility companies have already been working toward compliance.

House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat


Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke


Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond.

Alabama Power reaches coal-fired power plant emissions control settlement


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice lodged a proposed modification with Alabama Power to further reduce coal-fired power plant emissions.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations


The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

House GOP targets Obama climate plan for US power plants


Defying a White House veto threat, House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

Coal, industrial representatives tote up the Clean Power Plan costs for Senate panel


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, calling for 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions by 2030 for existing power plants, would have huge cost impacts on both residential and industrial power consumers, said witnesses at a June 23 U.S. Senate hearing.

Wisconsin Public Service nears air permit for Fox Energy Center upgrade project


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment until July 20 on a draft air permit change that will allow Wisconsin Public Service Corp. to upgrade the two existing units at its Fox Energy Center.

SunEdison, Green Charge Networks delivers solar, energy storage system


SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) and Green Charge Networks have teamed up to deliver a solar plus energy storage system to Silicon Valley Power. Silicon Valley Power is the municipal utility serving the City of Santa Clara.

SaskPower launches Carbon Capture Test Facility


Last Thursday SaskPower officially launched its Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Built in partnership with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., the CCTF is a high-tech laboratory that uses a small amount of exhaust (flue) gas from the neighboring Shand Power Station and allows researchers to test equipment, chemical innovation, or engineering designs in a highly controlled environment.

Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Shell Energy North America sign MOU for battery storage project


Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shell Energy North America (Shell Energy) to install up to 20-MW of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California.

Duke Energy plans to dig up, move coal ash from most pits


Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds in North Carolina, the company said Tuesday, as it works to excavate or safely close pits seeping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater each day.

NRG Renew to develop 20-MW solar energy facility for Cisco


NRG Renew LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., today announced plans to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco’s San Jose headquarters.

McConnell slips Clean Power Plan poison pill into Senate appropriations bill


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced June 18 that he secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill that would protect states from any consequences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should they forego submitting a state plan for complying with the agency’s Clean Power Plan.