Regulators Back Georgia Power Plan to Close Coal Units, Add Renewables

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:07:27 +0000

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 16 threw its support behind Georgia Power’s plan to add 2,260 MW of new renewable power generation to the utility’s portfolio, on the same day the PSC signed off on the company’s effort to decommission its long-running coal-fired Plant Hammond. Georgia Power earlier this year submitted a […]

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EPA Delayed on Proposed ELG Revisions for Steam Power Plants

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 22:26:26 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is behind on its proposed revisions to the Obama administration’s effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants.  In an e-mail to POWER on July 9, the EPA confirmed that the agency was still “working expeditiously” to complete the proposed rule, and it has yet to submit it to […]

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Wheeler: Keeping U.S. Coal Sector Alive Will Benefit ‘International Environmental Protection’

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:36:14 +0000

Coal power, which has seen a marked decline in the U.S., is necessary for reliability and energy affordability, and sustaining it could boost pollution technology exports and “improve lives while driving down emissions worldwide,” said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a speech last week. Wheeler made the remarks at a 90-minute event […]

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EPA Urges States to Submit CCR Programs Even as Coal Ash Regulatory Overhaul Continues

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:48:02 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 24 proposed to partially approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). As it did so, it gave other states some advice: Follow Georgia’s lead and assume oversight of coal ash that power plants dispose within your borders. The preliminary approval marks another important […]

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Rhode Island Rejects Burrillville Gas-Fired Plant

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:39:58 +0000

A proposed 900-MW gas-fired power plant was rejected by Rhode Island regulators on June 20, leaving project developer Invenergy pondering its options for the planned facility in Burrillville. Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board, after a daylong hearing in Warwick, said the plant is not needed. Chicago, Illinois–based Invenergy can appeal the decision to the […]

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Energy Infrastructure on Tenuous Winning Streak in the Courts

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:47:26 +0000

Federal courts have been pretty kind to energy infrastructure in recent weeks, particularly in cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For starters, this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit removed one of the hurdles to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The court decided that a new presidential permit—issued […]

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EPA Finalizes ACE Rule, Replaces Clean Power Plan

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:23:20 +0000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to formally replace the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP).  Like the CPP, the ACE rule will regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs), and it will be founded firmly on the agency’s 2009 Endangerment Finding. However, the ACE rule focuses on the nation’s […]

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New Jersey’s 100% Clean Energy Goal Imperils Gas Generation

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:23:41 +0000

Through a series of incentives and mandates, New Jersey is planning to produce 100% of its power from carbon-neutral sources, electrify its vehicle fleet and building sectors, and set mandatory efficiency standards for electric utilities by 2050, an energy blueprint released by the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) suggests.  The June 10-released “Draft 2019 Energy […]

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DOE’s Perry: Coal, Nuclear Must Be Saved

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:23:27 +0000

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said coal and nuclear power must be part of the nation’s “all of the above” energy strategy, but the Department of Energy (DOE) does not have the “regulatory or statutory ability” to establish economic incentives for struggling U.S. coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who addressed the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) annual […]

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India’s Coal Future Hinges on Advanced Ultrasupercritical Breakthroughs

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:49:47 +0000

India is striving to conserve coal and slash its carbon emissions. The country which depended on coal for 56% of its total capacity of 356 GW as of May 2019, wants to reduce coal’s share to 45% of a planned capacity expansion to 480 GW by the end of 2022. During that period, it will […]

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