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U.S. Energy Secretary Seems to Have Learned Nothing From His Texas Electricity Failures

Texas Observer: In late 2005, then-Governor Rick Perry was in the middle of a protracted battle with a coalition of environmentalists, renewable energy advocates, mayors and local leaders. TXU, the state’s largest utility, had announced that it wanted to build 11 new coal plants. At the time, natural gas and coal made up about 46 […]

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U.S. Plan to Aid Coal and Nuclear Plants Gets a Bipartisan Thumbs Down From Past Regulators

Washington Post; Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s bid to change regulations to help coal and nuclear power plants has run into unusually blunt opposition from a group of former regulators from both parties. Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — including five former chairmen — have filed a letter with the commission opposing […]

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California and New Mexico AGs Sue to Restore Closure of Loophole on Coal Taken Off Federal Lands

Law 360: The attorneys general of California and New Mexico have again gone to court to challenge a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to revoke an Obama-era rule tweaking royalty calculations for oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal lands, arguing Tuesday that the regulation was repealed without adequate consideration. California AG […]

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As Blackout Drags On, Uncertainty Over Whether Puerto Rico Will Modernize Its Grid

E&E: The facts also are that Puerto Rico remains a disaster area unlike  anything the nation has experienced in modern times, said Tomás Torres of the Institute for Competitiveness and Sustainable Economy of Puerto Rico. “After a month, 90 percent of the people of Puerto Rico are without power,” Torres said, interviewed as he traveled […]

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Execs at Coal Giant Rio Tinto Face Fraud Charges For Overstating Mine’s Worth by Billions

Reuters: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc (RIO.L) (RIO.AX) and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars. The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) […]

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IEA Report: Renewables Will Supplant Coal in Alleviating Global Electricity Poverty

Carbon Brief: Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. This number is shrinking, down by one third since 2000, despite rising population levels, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) special report on energy access, published today. The report says that while coal has supplied nearly half of the […]

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Q&A: Why Banks Are Steering Clear of Coal

Huffington Post Australia: As news broke of the government’s decision to ditch the proposed Clean Energy Target (CET) and adopt instead the hastily cobbled-together “National Energy Guarantee” (NEG), Energy Finance Analyst Tim Buckley, from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), went on Sky News and voiced strongly worded opposition to the plan. […]

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Report: Trump Is Worse for Coal Than Obama Was

Axios: The Brattle Group’s analysis, which was presented to the Energy Bar Association Tuesday, highlights a major tension running through Trump’s pro-fossil fuel initiatives: Helping coal is tougher when you’re supporting natural gas too. What they examined: Brattle forecast the production and employment effect of pro-coal policies, like killing EPA’s big power industry climate rule […]

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‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

Midwest Energy News: Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required. “It […]

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On the Blogs: A ‘Rear-Guard’ Action by the White House

Vox: There are still hundreds of plants in operation in the US, producing roughly a third of US power, but one in four of those plants is slated to retire or shift to natural gas, and another 17 percent beyond that are uneconomic, running only by virtue of being shielded from competition. As Department of […]

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