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Global Carbon Emissions Holding Steady but Trump Could Shake Things Up

Carbon emissions have steady for three years in a row. The Global Carbon Project says that such releases have remain flat even as economic growth has grown by 3%. To be precise, the group says that carbon releases will be 0.2% more than in 2015.

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.

Southern Co. Defends its Advanced Coal Plant and Says it is Committed to Safe Operations

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.

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Carbon Capture Coal Plant Gets Heat as Whistleblower Comes Forward

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.

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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 »

Renewable Portfolio Standards are Responsible for Much of the Green Growth

Renewable Portfolio Standards are Responsible for Much of the Green Growth

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 »

Ion’s Carbon Capture Technology Captures 99% of CO2

Ion’s Carbon Capture Technology Captures 99% of CO2

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 »

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GE, Alstom Power, 6 Others Receive DOE Carbon Capture Funding

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 »

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

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 »

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DOE, Southern Company Pen New Carbon Capture Agreement

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 »

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 »

Southern Company Reporting Renewable Energy Efforts

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 »