Emmissions & Environmental

  • Tests near the coal ash site at the closed Weatherspoon Power Plant in Lumberton show no hazardous levels of toxic material, Duke Energy officials said Thursday.
  • TVA seeks comment on coal ash site closures
  • President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy.
  • Aug 30, 2015 | New York Times

    President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy.

  • Residents will have an opportunity to save money by using the sun.
  • The Department of Energy published the following notice in the Federal Register from the Western Area Power Administration: Record of Decision for Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
  • The fight over an aging coal-fired power plant in the Finger Lakes reached the Capitol on Monday, with opponents urging the state Public Service Commission to reject a plan by the plant's owners to collect more than $250 million from customers during the next decade to pay for converting and operating the plant to also burn natural gas.
  • If NextEra Energy Inc. is going to win the state's approval for its proposed $4.3 billion buyout of Hawaiian Electric Industries, it will have to commit to additional consumer and environmental benefits, according to groups involved in the state's review of the sale.
  • Minnesota and North Dakota may need to make nice over energy policy.
  • Renewal of the nation's aging energy infrastructure will be stalled, given the legal challenges that seek to throw out the Obama administration's climate rule affecting power plants, an investment analyst said Friday.
  • Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from US power plants
    Aug 03, 2015 | Josh Lederman

    The final version of the president's plan gives states an additional two years - until 2022 - to comply, yielding to complaints that the original deadline was too soon. States will also have until 2018 instead of 2017 to submit their plans for how they intend to meet their targets.

  • SunEdison, a renewable energy company, said it and its publicly traded power plant unit, TerraForm Power, would acquire Vivint Solar for about $2.2 billion in cash and securities.

  • Greenhouse gas initiative costing utilities millions
    Jul 14, 2015 | Peter Key

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative helped boost the economies of its nine participating states between 2012 and 2014, but it also cut revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars at fossil-fuel power-plant operators.

  • Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovation

    New York's REV Business Model: Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovat
    Jun 11, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    U.S. Justice Louis Brandeis' observation that States serve as the "laboratories for democracy" couldn't ring more true than in the energy sector. A handful of states are pioneering new approaches (in New York we call it Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV) to advance policies to capture and accelerate the vast economic and environmental benefits of the clean energy economy.

  • May 17, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has no delusions that it can ever be a carbon-neutral enterprise but it is doing what it can to reduce its own, as well as its fans', carbon footprint.

  • Apr 23, 2015 | Brian Wolff

    Since Earth Day began more than 40 years ago, sustainability has become mainstream. What has not yet become common knowledge, though, is the role that the electric power industry plays in ensuring a cleaner energy future.

  • Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?
    Feb 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn't it? Well, yes and no.

  • Reworking Generation
  • The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests

    Breaking Wind: The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Jan 20, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach

    Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst the general population?

  • Our Innovative Journey Over 30 years

    Bruce Ramme
    Dec 28, 2014 | Bruce Ramme, Ph. D., P.E.

    Some say byproducts from coal-burning power plants are waste. Others say that "a waste is only waste if you waste it."  In our opinion, fly ash, bottom ash, wood ash and gypsum are valuable mineral resources that can provide advantages for use in construction and agricultural applications. Instead of landfilling these co-products of generation, We Energies sells them, boosting its bottom line and helping the environment. But it wasn't always this way, and we hope others can benefit from our story.