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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

Clean Power Plan, coal-fired power plant, pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unconstitutional power grab. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to ratchet down carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, has been challenged by more than ...

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OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

solar panel, Obama legacy, clean energy

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely ...

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Cooking oil, graphene among CO2 capture prize entry ideas

coal-fired power, carbon capture

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cooking oil and graphene, a recently discovered substance stronger than steel, might seem to have little in common, but some theorize both could be made from carbon dioxide emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants. Teams from Canada, China, Finland, India, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S. have submitted 47 proposals for the first round of a ...

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Expert: Falling power plant emissions reduces corn nutrient

corn, agriculture

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana agricultural expert says declining power plant emissions are apparently reducing the amount of an important nutrient corn plants get through rainfall. Purdue Extension soil fertility specialist Jim Camberato says Indiana’s rainfall used to contain a lot of sulfur from coal-fired power plant emissions. But he says the amount of sulfur reaching corn through ...

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Conservation can likely meet power needs of Northwest states

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Power and Conservation Council predicts the electricity needs of Northwest states can be met in the next 20 years mostly through conservation efforts, with little need to construct new power plants. The Portland, Oregon,-based council recently issued its 20-year plan for meeting the energy needs of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The council said ...

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Cuomo calls for probe into NRG handling of Dunkirk plant

power plant coal fired New York

DUNKIRK, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for an investigation of NRG Energy’s handling of its Dunkirk power plant. In a letter to the Public Service Commission Wednesday, Cuomo describes what he calls grave concerns about the New Jersey company’s behavior in the wholesale market and impact on the state. NRG announced plans to mothball the coal-fired ...

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AEP wants an answer, fast

There is no stopping American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) when it comes to its power purchase agreement. The Columbus, Ohio, based utility is asking regulators to make a decision by October 1st regarding its power purchase agreement so it can decide whether or not to sell its electric plants in Ohio.  The agreement will guarantee the financial stability of ...

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Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told a Senate panel that the administration’s plan to cut heat-trapping pollutants from coal-fired power ...

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Hurricane aircraft equals methane detector

When it comes to researching methane coming from shale plays, you wouldn’t think to use an aircraft used to fly through hurricanes, or would you? Scientist from the University of Colorado are trying to figure out how much natural gas leaks from shale gas production and to do so they flew the NOAA aircraft, which is used for flying through ...

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