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Exxon and FuelCell to study capturing carbon emissions

Exxon, FuelCell Energy, carbon emissions

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil and FuelCell Energy say that they will jointly work on technology to reduce the cost of capturing carbon emissions from power plants. The companies will try to develop technology that uses carbonate fuel cells to generate power while capturing carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the most prevalent greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. It ...

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Murray Energy continues fight against EPA’s emissions rules

Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants. St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday, challenging the EPA’s supplemental finding published earlier in the day. The U.S. Supreme ...

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Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators in Ohio approved two closely watched energy deals on Thursday allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio took a single combined vote on the power purchase agreements, which were separately filed by Akron-based FirstEnergy and ...

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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Editorial: Why the federal budget bill is (mostly) good for the environment

The massive spending bill passed by Congress earlier this month contains myriad provisions. One thing it, fortunately, does not contain is language to block the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s administration’s policy to combat climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Overall, the spending package is a mixed bag for the environment. On the plus side — in ...

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As hydropower dries up, Tanzania moves toward fossil fuels

DAR ES SALAAM – As drought continues to cripple its hydropower plants, Tanzania is struggling to produce enough electricity – and is moving toward using more fossil fuels to make up the shortfall. Hydropower plants normally produce about 35 percent of Tanzania’s electricity needs, with gas and oil plants making up most of the difference. But as demand grows and water ...

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Alpha files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH – In a move that has been rumored for weeks, Virginia-based coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday citing an “unprecedented period of distress” for the centuries-old coal industry. Alpha operates more than 50 underground and surface mines across four Appalachian states and Wyoming. Under Chapter 11, Alpha said it will reorganize the company to ...

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North Dakota energy official to testify before Senate panel

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk has been asked to testify in Washington about energy. Kalk is scheduled to appear Thursday in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The panel is researching several energy infrastructure bills. Kalk says his testimony will focus on how potential changes may affect the future of North ...

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Consol Energy profit falls 35 pct on weak prices

Coal and natural gas producer Consol Energy Inc reported a 35 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by weak prices for both commodities. The company, which has shifted its focus to natural gas production, said its coal mining operations would continue to benefit by partnering with the power plants that will be around for many years to come. U.S. power ...

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