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Even the Biggest Coal Utilities Are Investing in Renewables. AEP is the Latest Example

Even the Biggest Coal Utilities Are Investing in Renewables. AEP is the Latest Example

What does one of the country’s biggest coal-burning utilities plan to invest in more and more? Renewable energy. That’s what American Electric Power says, noting that it will be increasing capital investment in its core operations over the next three years.

What About Converting Coal Plants to Natural Gas Or Retrofitting to Co-Fire the Two?

What About Converting Coal Plants to Natural Gas Or Retrofitting to Co-Fire the Two?

Utilities are already retiring their older coal-fired facilities that were built in the middle of last century but they may want to convert others to gas-fired plants, or those that can co-fire both gas and coal.

US Coal Fleet Is Shrinking. What to do with Retired Coal-Fired Power Plants?

As coal-fired power plants retire in record numbers across the US, a brownfield redevelopment firm and Indiana state officials plant to turn one retired coal plant into a port.

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Clean Power Plan Compliance ‘Within Reach’ for Litigating Power Companies, Report Says

Compliance with the Clean Power Plan is within reach for litigating companies, according to analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund.

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World’s Largest Companies Decoupling Emissions, Business Growth

Greenhouse gas emissions data from the world’s 500 largest companies shows that for the first time, the Global 500 are beginning to grow their businesses and manage their emissions at a rate that follows the global scientific consensus on the risks of climate change, according to a Thomson Reuters report. … Read more »

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The Drive for Disclosure: What Matters and What Doesn’t

It’s sustainability reporting season. CDP’s climate change questionnaire is due June 30. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices questionnaire deadline was at the end of last month. And then there’s a company’s own annual report for shareholders outlining sustainability and financial performance that must be completed. It’s enough to make sustainability … Read more »

How Carbon Pricing Can Boost the Bottom Line

American Electric Power and Xcel Energy are among the utilities and other companies now pricing carbon as part of core business strategy, according to research from CDP. The free white paper offers insights into how a price on carbon pollution might benefit companies and the US economy as a whole. … Read more »

Carbon Emission Rules ‘Set to Spur Innovation’

The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules for existing power plants can help spur innovation that will make it easier for the world to reduce its emissions, according to analysts at emerging technology advisory firm Lux Research. Lux says the new EPA rules are unlikely to have a dramatic impact on … Read more »

AEP, Duke Top Power Plant Carbon Pollution List

AEP, Duke Top Power Plant Carbon Pollution List

American Electric Power emitted the most carbon from power plants in 2012 — some 141,226,882 tons of CO2 — followed by Duke Energy at 134,277,330 tons, according to a report on US power plant carbon pollution. Benchmarking Air Emissions says the top five — AEP, Duke, Southern Company, NRG and … Read more »

First Interstate Credits for Water Trading Sold

Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy, and American Electric Power are the first buyers in the interstate credits for water nutrients in the United States pilot program. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) today officially launched water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. The program tests water quality improvement strategies in … Read more »

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Arctic Blast Could Cost US Economy $5 Billion

The record freeze that blanketed the eastern half of the US this week cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, halted road and rail travel, and drove energy prices higher, Reuters reports. At least nine people have died from frigid temperatures, expected to be 25 degrees to 35 degrees Fahrenheit below … Read more »