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Analysts skeptical of Trump’s latest play to save coal

Bloomberg: The Trump administration is trying to remove a key barrier to constructing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. — but don’t expect any utilities to actually build them. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants, including a change that […]

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Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Rico

Greentech Media: The number of jurisdictions pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewables keeps growing. Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published […]

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TVA’s Johnson: Utility’s coal plant closures make economic sense

Reuters: The chief executive of Tennessee Valley Authority said on Thursday the U.S.-owned power generator will keep cutting carbon emissions in future years after replacing much of its coal-fired fleet with plants run on natural gas, nuclear and renewables. Since Bill Johnson took the reigns as CEO in 2013, TVA has spent $15 billion to […]

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New opportunity in turning closed mine sites into solar installations

Energy News Network: As U.S. coal consumption continues to decline, there’s slowly growing acceptance that more mine closures are inevitable and that the system meant to help clean up and repurpose the sites is underfunded. One ray of hope for reclaiming the sites: renewable energy. Patrick Molloy, an associate at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Sunshine for […]

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Croatia’s government-run utility plans major renewables investments

Reuters: Croatia’s state-run power utility HEP aims to boost renewable energy to 50 percent of its total capacity from the current 35 percent, investing 1 billion Croatian kuna ($153.96 million) a year on average until 2030, it said on Thursday. It will upgrade existing hydro power plants, as well as adding new ones, and invest […]

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U.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’

Energy News Network: In a speech this week to a large, business-friendly crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe presented an economic case for solar power, electric vehicles and moving past coal. The company closed seven Michigan coal plants in 2016, cutting carbon emissions 25 percent without hurting its workforce. […]

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California’s 2020 rooftop solar mandate gets final approval

Greentech Media: It’s official. All new homes in California must incorporate solar power starting in 2020. The California Energy Commission (CEC) passed the measure in May as an update to the state’s 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards. On Wednesday, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) signed off on the plan— a […]

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A year in, Tesla’s big Australian battery proves viability of energy storage

Bloomberg: A year after Elon Musk rolled out what was then the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery to aid South Australia’s blackout-prone power grid, more projects are set to follow in its footsteps at home and abroad. The Hornsdale storage facility — the result of Musk’s successful wager that he could build and get it up […]

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Markets continue to prevail over U.S. coal industry

Marketplace: We begin on this Wednesday with some energy news, the subtext of which is market is gonna do what the market wants to do. We are talking coal specifically here, and some new numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing coal consumption this economy is on track to hit a near 40-year low. […]

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China pushes outdated coal technology onto other countries

AFP: Even as China struggles to curb domestic coal-fired power and the deadly pollution it produces, the world’s top carbon emitter is aggressively exporting the same troubled technology to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, an investigation by AFP has shown. The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these Chinese-backed plants could cripple global efforts to […]

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