Archive for April, 2015

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SNL: A Potential Domino Effect Across Struggling U.S. Coal Industry

SNL: A Potential Domino Effect Across Struggling U.S. Coal Industry

SNL reports that a prominent Wall Street energy analyst sees a potential domino effect of bankruptcies across the coal industry beginning “in short order” with Walter Energy. A short item published yesterday by Taylor Kuykendall quotes a research note by Mark Levin, BB&T Capital Markets analyst. Levin asserts that coal prices may soon drop to […]

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‘Island Laboratories’ as Renewable-Energy Incubators

‘Island Laboratories’ as Renewable-Energy Incubators

CNN in a website item posted this morning sees a push among Caribbean Island nations to develop more renewable energy and finds that much of the region is well ahead of most larger and more industrialized countries. The item channels work by Stéphane Tromilin, a French government “sustainable energy attaché” who says small island nations […]

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EPA’s Gina McCarthy Holds Her Ground Against McConnell

EPA’s Gina McCarthy Holds Her Ground Against McConnell

TheHill.com’s Overnight Energy Report has a rundown this morning of a congressional subcommittee hearing yesterday at which Sen. Mitch McConnell assailed EPA Director Gina for agency’s impending Clean Power Plan enforcement of the Clean Air Act. McConnell, a powerful champion of the coal industry, has attempted to organize a national backlash against the EPA. TheHill.com’s […]

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Aiming for Carbon Neutrality in Fort Collins by Mid-Century

Aiming for Carbon Neutrality in Fort Collins by Mid-Century

Fort Collins, Colo., has embarked on a long-term carbon-neutral energy plan that is one of the most ambitious in the nation, according to an article this week in Utility Dive. Under the headline “How Fort Collins Plans to Reach Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050,” the article by Robert Walton describes a long process by which […]

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North Carolina Legislators Continue Push Against Renewables

North Carolina Legislators Continue Push Against Renewables

House members in North Carolina this week voted to water down the state’s requirement that it get certain percentages of it’s energy from renewable resources, according to Raleigh television station. WRAL’s Laura Leslie reports that the proposal is in response to a push by Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, to eliminate the requirement entirely. Hager is […]

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An Ohio Wind Farm Proves the Case for a Wise Renewable-Energy Policy

An Ohio Wind Farm Proves the Case for a Wise Renewable-Energy Policy

The Evidence Is in How Much Customers Save Over Other Sources of Power Generation

Ohio, it’s fair to say, isn’t known as a leader in the transition to renewable energy. In fact, it attracted some well-earned infamy last year when it became the first state in the country to “freeze” a requirement that utilities purchase a certain amount of their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. That […]

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Cloud Peak ‘Steps Up’ Campaign to Block U.S. Coal-Royalty Modernization

Cloud Peak ‘Steps Up’ Campaign to Block U.S. Coal-Royalty Modernization

Cloud Peak Energy, a Powder River Basin coal producer, has published a report it commissioned that claims proposed federal coal-royalty reforms will hurt its business. The report—described in an SNL article by Christopher Coats—is by Timothy Considine, a University of Wyoming professor who was paid by Cloud Peak to do the work. It is in […]

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Blanketing Mine Sites With Renewable-Energy Installations

Blanketing Mine Sites With Renewable-Energy Installations

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would let mining companies build solar and wind power installations on mine sites “without triggering the state’s lengthy environmental review process,” ThinkProgress reports in a blog post this morning. The post, by Samantha Page, explains how the proposal would allow any surface area permitted for mining could be […]

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AP: U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Off to a Slow Start

AP: U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Off to a Slow Start

A day after construction began on the first U.S. deep-water offshore wind-energy project, the Associated Press is out with a story that notes it has been a long time coming and that Europe is well ahead of the U.S. on such work. The article, by Jennifer Mcdermott, notes that the Deepwater Wind project off Rhode […]

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New Orleans Adopts a Solar Resolution

New Orleans Adopts a Solar Resolution

The Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association has put out a press release highlighting a resolution passed last week by the New Orleans City Council to encourage support for more solar-energy development. The resolution notes that since 2007 the city has enforced a net-metering policy that lets households generate up to 25 kilowatts of electricity […]

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