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B&W Wins $40.3M Emissions Control Contract

A consortium that includes Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group has been awarded a contract by Colorado Springs Utilities to engineer, procure, construct and commission an emissions control project for the Ray D. Nixon Power Plant, located south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. B&W PGG’s portion of the major capital improvements … Read more »

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Ameren Proposes Alternatives to EPA Clean Power Plan

Ameren has drafted an alternate approach to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan that the St. Louis-based electric utility says would achieve the same final CO2 emission reduction goals as EPA’s proposal while saving Missouri customers $4 billion in costs and avoiding grid reliability problems related to the premature closure of … Read more »

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EPA Sets Coal Ash Rules

The EPA on Friday set the first national standards for disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants, classifying coal ash as solid waste instead of a hazardous material. The agency says the final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and establishes safeguards to prevent … Read more »

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Green Technology Improves Coal-Fired Power Plants’ Energy Efficiency

URS and the Ljungström Division of Arvos Group have signed an exclusive agreement to jointly develop, demonstrate and market technology to improve the energy efficiency of coal-fired power plants by 1 percent to 3 percent, with a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This will help power plants realize operational … Read more »

Cabot, Westmoreland Expand Activated Carbon Capacity

Cabot Corporation and Westmoreland Coal say they plan to increase activated carbon manufacturing capacity in North America, doubling the capacity of their Bienfait, Saskatchewan manufacturing facility to meet the future demand for mercury removal products for use in the coal-fired utility market. The jointly owned facility will produce an additional … Read more »

FuelCell Energy’s Carbon Capture Advances

FuelCell Energy’s Carbon Capture Advances

FuelCell Energy says it’s moving forward with its carbon capture project that uses Direct FuelCell (DFC) technology to separate CO2 from the emissions of coal-fired power plants. The $3 million project is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Capture Program and implemented by the … Read more »

Study: Calculating the True Cost of CO2 Emissions

Taking into account the full amount of carbon dioxide that power plants generate during their lifetime instead of tracking annual emissions could be a more helpful way to look at the impact of power plant emissions, according to a paper by researchers at University of California-Irvine and Princeton University. The … Read more »

Exporting US Coal to Asia Could Cut Emissions

Exporting US coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning it domestically, according to a Duke University-led study. The superior energy efficiency of South Korea’s newer coal-fired power plants would offset the large amount of emissions produced … Read more »

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NRG Invests $0.5bn to Cut Carbon Pollution

NRG Energy is investing more than half a billion dollars by 2016 to cut carbon pollution from its four coal-fired power plants in Illinois. The improvements will achieve 56 percent of Illinois’ statewide CO2 reductions called for under President Obama’s proposed carbon pollution standards, the company says. The Illinois efforts … Read more »

Waste Management Sees Coal Ash Disposal Opportunities

Waste Management is expecting to see a significant growth in its sales if a pending EPA rule requiring coal-fired power plants to dispose of ash byproduct in engineered landfills is passed, according to Bloomberg. According to David Steiner of Waste Management, the EPA rule will most likely require coal ash … Read more »

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Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

Industry groups have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy warning that the carbon rules for existing power plants are “not workable,” The Hill reports. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel … Read more »

Minnesota Power Settlement to Reduce Emissions

In a settlement with the US, Minnesota Power, an Allete company based in Duluth, has agreed to pay about $5.6 million, install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce air pollution from the company’s three coal-fired power plants located in Cohasset, Hoyt Lakes and Schroeder, Minn. The … Read more »