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EPA Clean Power Plan overestimates electric industry compliance costs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to curb carbon pollution from power plants overestimates the electric power industry's compliance costs by as much as $9 billion, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.

France, Australia take diverging paths to renewable energy

While France has set ambitious goals to increase the share of renewables in its energy portfolio, Australia has taken a completely opposite approach-- repealing its 2011 Clean Energy Act, which established a carbon pricing mechanism, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Duke Energy coal ash excavation plans submitted to regulators

Duke Energy has submitted detailed coal ash excavation plans to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) for ash stored at the high-priority Asheville Steam Electric Plant, Dan River Steam Station (Eden), Riverbend Steam Station (Mount Holly) and L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant (Wilmington) facilities. Under North Carolina's Coal Ash Management Act, all basins at these sites must be closed by Aug. 1, 2019. Before excavation can begin, the plans-- and all associated permits-- must be approved.

U.S.-China climate plan unprecedented, but U.S. Prez must do more

As greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the United States and China account for 40 percent of the world's emissions, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced an historic agreement to curb the emissions from these two countries. The U.S. will reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. China has agreed to clean up its fast growing economy to reach peak emissions by no later than 2030. 

Five priorities to improve global energy policy

China, Australia and the United States all have important policy lessons to share when it comes to alleviating energy poverty, creating low-cost energy access, and improving emissions. That is according to Gregory H. Boyce, Peabody Energy's chairman and CEO, who recently met with heads of state and CEOs at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Coordination (APEC) Summit in Beijing.

NRC renewing nuclear plant licenses after two-year break

In mid-October, the NRC issued 20-year license renewals to Limerick Generation Station Units 1 and 2, located northwest of Philadelphia, and is looking at applications for renewal from 17 more reactors-- among them Indian Point, roughly 24 miles from New York City on the Hudson River.  

TVA next target of SELC coal crusade

A notice filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and sent to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), alleges that the coal ash ponds at TVA's Gallatin Fossil Plant violate the Clean Water Act in that they have been leaking coal ash, which releases pollutants into the Cumberland River and surrounding groundwater, for decades.

EPA Clean Power Plan could disrupt advanced energy markets

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft rule for reduction of carbon emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act has divided the industry down the middle-- with many (like the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity, or ACCCE) staunchly opposing the Clean Energy Plan and others like the Sierra Club supporting it. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has a horse in both sides of the race, supporting the Clean Power Plan as a vital step toward modernizing the U.S. electric power system for greater efficiency, reliability, and economic opportunity while urging EPA to make changes that realize the benefits of advanced energy technologies.

Energy-efficiency rules for digital devices long overdue

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is poised to move ahead on its promise to adopt energy-efficiency standards for plug-in digital devices, including desktop computers, monitors, displays and other devices later this month. The recent publication of a  research report  by the University of California, Irvine for the CEC showing the large amounts of electricity wasted by computers in California demonstrates the economic burden, the undue waste and costs these devices place on consumers. New standards for these devices are long overdue.

CA water utilities hail historic $7.5 billion bond

Although the legislation won't increase the state's water supply, water utilities couldn't be more excited by its prospects, specifically for investment in infrastructure projects surrounding drinking water protection, groundwater storage, water recycling, advanced water treatment, and water supply management.