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Trump Presidential Victory: What Industry Leaders Are Saying

Industry leaders say they are committed to working with the president-elect Donald Trump come Jan. 1. And they’re also committed advancing the low-carbon economy.

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Finalized. Will Power Sector Legal Challenges Follow?

In a move to reduce nitrogen (NOx) emissions from power plants that contribute to ozone pollution in the eastern US, the EPA has finalized updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

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Presidential Race: Coal Industry Says It is a Critical Component of Winning Battleground States

The coal industry says that it could a critical factor to winning the battleground states, or those states that are considered a toss up and the ones that each candidate would need to secure to win the White House.

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Natural Gas Passes Coal in the Race for Electric Generation

For the first quarter of 2016, natural gas provided 32 percent of the total US electricity at utility-scale plants, and coal supplied nearly 29 percent, says the Energy Information Administration.

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Clean Power Plan Mandates Steeper Carbon Cuts

The Obama administration released the final version of the Clean Power Plan today and it sets even stricter emissions regulations than the proposal announced last year. The regulation, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants, cuts emissions 32 percent by 2030 from levels recorded in 2005. The draft … Read more »

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Upheld

The US Supreme Court yesterday upheld an air pollution rule intended to reduce the amount of coal plant emissions that cross state lines. In a 6-2 decision, the court backed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), adopted by the EPA in 2011, which set limits on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil by Rail, Free Trade Deal, Arctic Drilling

The US National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada yesterday issued recommendations for crude oil transportation by rail. They proposed that rail carriers develop spill-response plans and avoid highly populated areas. Such transportation has come under increasing pressure after a series of derailments and fires. Last week … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Exxon Charged, NY Green Bank, EIA Data ‘Flawed’

Exxon Mobil unit XTO Energy has been charged with five counts under the Clean Streams Law and three counts under the Solid Waste Management Act, related to the alleged illegal dumping of over 50,000 gallons of wastewater from shale drilling in Pennsylvania in 2010. State inspectors found a plug removed from a … Read more »

Coal Industry Attacks Climate Plan

President Barack Obama’s climate plan drew praise from renewable energy companies and criticism from the coal industry, which says the new rules to cut carbon pollution at new and existing power plants will hurt the economy and increase electricity prices. The National Mining Association president and CEO Hal Quinn warned … Read more »

Intel: McCarthy ‘Understands Industry Needs’

Executives from Intel, the American Sustainable Business Council and biofuel trade association Growth Energy say Gina McCarthy will protect the environment and grow American jobs if appointed to head the EPA. President Obama yesterday nominated McCarthy, currently the assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, for the … Read more »

EPA Rules Would Cost 1.5 Million Jobs, Industry Group Says

EPA Rules Would Cost 1.5 Million Jobs, Industry Group Says

A special interest-funded analysis found seven EPA regulations would negatively impact the coal-based electricity industry and reduce US employment by 1.5 million jobs over the next four years. The report, “Economic Implications of Recent and Anticipated EPA Regulations Affecting the Electricity Sector,” was conducted by National Economic Research Associates on behalf … Read more »

Industry Group: 204 Coal Power Plants to Close in Next 5 Years

Industry Group: 204 Coal Power Plants to Close in Next 5 Years

More than 200 coal-based generating plants are scheduled to shut down in the next three to five years, representing 31,000 MW of electric generating capacity, due in part to regulations issued by the EPA, according to an analysis released this week by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The … Read more »