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Ameren plans to replace 2 coal plants with gas, renewables

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Ameren Missouri predicts big additions of wind and natural gas to replace two coal plants it will retire during the next 20 years, and it expects to add another 10 megawatts of utility-scale solar by 2016. The utility’s energy plans are part of a comprehensive generation plan it is required to prepare for regulators every three years. Its 2014 plan ...

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A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

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CALUMET, Okla. (AP) — A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects. To ensure the opportunity didn’t slip away, lawmakers promised little or no regulation and generous tax breaks. ...

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State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s nonpartisan research organization has a year to produce a comprehensive report on the impact of wind farms on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid. The state House of Representatives directed the Joint State Government Commission to conduct the study with a vote of 181-11 this month. Legislators instructed the commission to cover certain basic details, ...

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund to divest in fossil fuels

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Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media In a startling move that demonstrates the evolving nature of energy markets, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced that it is part of a group of philanthropic foundations and wealthy individuals that will pull $50 billion in investments from fossil fuel industries. Instead, the fund will transition to investing in clean energy sources over ...

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Energy quote of the day: A disturbing climate march observation

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Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy Yesterday’s People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people, putting it up there with some of the country’s largest historical mass protests. It’s great that so many people are passionate about doing something to address climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a ...

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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

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Jonathan Fahey  | Associated Press NEW YORK — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. The idea, long advocated by policymakers, economists and environmental activists, is that the ...

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Rate of greenhouse gas increase unseen in 30 years

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Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media In a recent announcement, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The WMO figures show that the globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase ...

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As wind power surges, opposition grows

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Hal Bernton and Erin Heffernan | The Seattle Times FOREST, Wis. — When wind developers prospected the rolling hills around this small dairy town, they found plenty of gusty sites for turbines. In 2011, they proposed a $250 million project with up to 44 turbines that could produce enough energy to power thousands of homes. Since then, nothing has come easy ...

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Renewable power on par with gas…for now

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Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media The International Energy Agency (IEA) released their third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report today, giving praise and caution for the domain of renewable power. According to the report, a little more than one-fifth of all energy generated on earth comes from a renewable source. Thanks to a surge in wind, solar and hydroelectricity ...

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Energy News Roundup: German LNG push, DiCaprio advocates carbon tax & renewables provide all new US capacity

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Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy The German government is providing the country’s largest utility E.ON loans to help competitively bid for global LNG supply as Berlin seeks to diversify gas import sources away from Russia. The loans strengthen E.ON’s credit rating and help the company compete with government-backed companies that LNG suppliers favor. “Those guarantees have in the past been ...

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