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EPA moves to replace Obama-era climate rule

U.S. EPA today is taking a first step toward potentially replacing the Obama administration’s signature climate rule. The agency released a notice asking the public for comment on what a replacement rule for Obama’s Clean Power Plan should look like. “EPA is considering proposing emission guidelines to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric utility generating units (EGUs) and is...

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind power capacity even higher, to more 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of...

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas ...

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference in the same city. At Tuesday’s summit, French insurance...

Coal Power In A ‘Death Spiral’ In Europe, Where Mo...

Maybe someone should tell Donald Trump. Coal power is in a “death spiral” in the European Union, with 54 percent of its coal plants losing money, according to a new report published Friday. Ninety-seven percent of the EU’s 619 coal plants will be losing money by 2030, according to the analysis from U.K. nonprofit Carbon Tracker, which looked at the profitability of every coal plant. Under current phase-out plans, only 27...

General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power busin...

ZURICH/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) said Thursday it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate’s latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company. The U.S. company launched the cuts to save $1 billion in 2018 at its Power business, saying it expects dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue. GE’s cuts follow a decision by...

Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill C...

   Photo A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power...

Pollution kills 9 million people globally each yea...

Your chances of dying from war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters pales in comparison to pollution, which kills nine million people globally each year. A comprehensive study published in medical journal The Lancet, reports that one in every six premature deaths on earth, are caused by diseases from toxic exposures in the environment.  In particular, coal kills over ten times more people than any other energy source, per...

AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limit...

American Electric Power plans to spend $1.8 billion on wind and solar over the next three years as it shifts away from coal. When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly...

High molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal a...

When high levels of the trace element molybdenum (mah-LIB-den-um) were discovered in drinking-water wells in southeastern Wisconsin, the region’s numerous coal ash disposal sites seemed to be a likely source of the contamination. But some fine-grained detective work led by researchers from Duke University and The Ohio State University has revealed that the ponds, which contain the residues of coal burned in power...

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio...

A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart Station, opened in 1971, and the 618-megawatt Killen Station, started 11 years later. Less than a year after DP&L announced its...

Senators Accuse EPA of ‘Denying Science̵...

In a letter sent to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, 19 Democratic senators demanded that the EPA boss “show your work” in his justification of repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP). This move comes after suggestions that the agency seriously underestimated the costly toll of climate change. For instance, one analysis showed that the Trump EPA put the cost of one...

Advocates see few benefits for Ohio in Clean Power...

Despite Scott Pruitt’s claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state’s coal-fired power plants. “It doesn’t change the fact that coal-fired power is uneconomic in Ohio right now and that coal plants can’t compete,” said Rob Kelter at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “I see the factors that are...

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Milli...

Energy companies receive $5.3 trillion a year in funding from governments worldwide, says financial powerhouse. The fossil fuel industry receives $5.3 trillion a year in government subsidies, despite its disastrous toll on the environment, human health, and other global inequality issues, a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published Monday has found. That means that governments worldwide are spending $10...

IEEFA Update: Coal Is Dying, and EPA’s Clean Power...

Energy Policy From Washington Drifts Toward Irrelevance By turning the clock back on American energy policy through reversal of the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — if he succeeds — will end up making electricity for everyday Americans more expensive. And as power bills rise so will the coal industry’s harmful impacts public health and the environment. I say “if he succeeds” because his order will very...

Perry proposes law to force Americans to buy dirti...

Energy Secretary ignores his own grid study to make good on his threats to punish renewables In a brazen move, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ignored the findings of his own grid study and proposed a new federal rule that would effectively force Americans to buy dirtier, more expensive power. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday morning that Perry has “formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory...