Southern Co. is firing back at a piece in the New York Times that presents its advanced coal plant in Mississippi at as a boondoggle gone awry. In truth, the Atlanta-based utility has been a pioneer in technology development, spearheading a range of innovations ranging from solar plus batteries to the latest nuclear plants to the carbon capture coal plants.
An advanced coal project in Mississippi is now under greater scrutiny. Documents have come to light that show that the plant’s owner, Southern Co., concealed certain technical difficulties that the plant has been experiencing. It chose to keep such information under wraps to avoid regulatory criticisms.
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 »
There’s nothing like a government incentive to grow green energy. And that’s why the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is saying that renewable portfolio standards enacted by at least half the states is responsible for 60 percent of non-hydro renewable sources. Those green standards vary by state but generally require utilities … Read more »
Carbon capture technology company Ion Engineering says it has completed the first pilot scale testing of its proprietary solvent and process technology for the removal of carbon dioxide from large-point sources including natural gas and coal-fired power plants. Throughout testing, Ion captured more than 99 percent of the incoming CO2 … Read more »
General Electric, Alstom Power and FuelCell Energy are among the eight projects selected to receive Department of Energy funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon capture and compression. The DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory selected the eight projects to receive funding as part of … Read more »
NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra and Edison International rank the highest for renewable energy sales, with renewable resources accounting for nearly 17 to 21 percent of their retail electricity sales in 2012, according to a report from Ceres and Clean Edge that ranks the US’ largest electric utilities and their … Read more »
The US Department of Energy has signed a new five-year cooperative agreement with Southern Company to evaluate advanced carbon-capture and gasification technologies at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Ala. The DOE launched the NCCC in 2009, tapping Southern Company to manage and operate the center. Under the … Read more »
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 »
Atlanta-based Southern Company will report on the company’s renewable energy projects and its future plans to integrate more renewable energy into its operations. The move follows negotiations with environmental nonprofit As You Sow, which had filed a shareholder resolution seeking information on the utility’s sustainability efforts. As a result, a … Read more »