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Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the u...

Secretary Perry, We Have Some Questions for You Too An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017 An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017   In April, Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a memorandum to his staff asking pointed...

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge i...

Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per month to $18.40 per month by 2018. An evidentiary hearing in the case is currently set to start on June...

Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar...

CREDIT: Green MPs Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar as in coal Last year, solar accounted for one of every 50 new jobs in the United States. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton In his first hour as president, Donald Trump promised to resurrect middle-class manufacturing jobs in the United States. It will be all but impossible for him to reverse the tides of globalization and automation, but the future may...

On the Blogs: A New Study Pulls Its Punches, but C...

 Bloomberg BNA: Coal will not return to dominance in the energy sector even with President Donald Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, said a new report claiming to be the first empirical study of the issue. The report, released April 25 by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, found that implementing Trump’s executive orders to review or rescind Obama-era environmental regulations might stunt the decline in U.S....

How Renewables Are to Coal What Email Was to the P...

The Conversation: Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the gove...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the governor burning more coal is “not going to happen”  Quartz| Hands off. (Getty Images/Daniel Berehula) West Virginia is coal country. And so, given Trump’s promise to “put our [coal] miners back to work,” it’s no surprise that the state’s Democratic governor Jim Justice wants his state’s biggest utility to burn more of it. But Chris Beam, president of Appalachian Power, the...

Kentucky Coal Museum shifts to solar power

Inside the Kentucky Coal Museum, visitors can peruse plenty of memorabilia on mining and the commonwealth’s coal camps. But on the roof, they’ll find a display dedicated to an unexpected industry: Solar power. In a cost-saving move, this museum in eastern Kentucky is embracing the sun as a source of affordable energy and installing approximately 80 solar panels on its roof. Tre’ Sexton said he was surprised...

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the...

The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners.  A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring both jobs and energy to the area. Berkeley Energy Group, the coal company behind the project, billed it as the first large-scale solar farm in the Appalachian region, which has been hit hard by the...

European utilities commit to no new coal plants af...

Steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020 As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020. ThinkProgress | On Wednesday, a coalition of European energy companies announced that there would be no new coal plants...

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global...

    Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  ThinkProgress | Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar energy have turned the global power market upside down. For...

Trump to Begin Reversing Obama-Era Cutbacks in Car...

The Trump administration will issue an executive order on Tuesday that begins dismantling a rule under former President Barack Obama that slashed carbon dioxide emissions and discouraged coal-fired electricity, U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt said. “The executive order is going to address the past administration’s effort to kill jobs across this country through the Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt said on ABC’s...

Miner’s Bankruptcy Exit Will Leave a Cleanup Bill...

 Peabody’s settlement over polluted sites comes amid uncertainty for environmental funding A mining company’s debt-cutting plan will leave taxpayers facing a bigger bill for cleaning up nearly two dozen hazardous sites primarily in the central U.S., including a swath of northeast Oklahoma that once produced lead ore for bullets in both World Wars. The 22 properties will be shed by miner Peabody Energy Corp.when it leaves...

Forget EPA Climate Regulations. Cheap Wind Is Alre...

Pick your cliché: “The ship has sailed; the horse is out of the barn.” Renewable energy is getting so cheap that it is threatening to force gigawatts of coal plants into early retirement — even without Obama-era climate regulations. That is one of the takeaways from a new report, Rate-Basing Wind Generation Adds Momentum to Renewables, released last week by Moody’s Investors Service. Although the White House is...

The Trump administration really doesn’t want this ...

The Trump administration — and fossil fuel companies —are doing everything they can to stop a lawsuit against the federal government from going to trial. The Trump administration, joined by fossil fuel companies, is stepping up its fight against a historic federal climate lawsuit, seeking an appeal of a November decision that allowed the case to move forward to trial. The Trump administration also argued that an earlier...