DP&L agrees to retire Killen, Stuart coal plants in 2018
Dayton Power and Light Co. will retire two coal plants and develop wind and solar projects under a proposal submitted to Ohio regulators Jan. 30. The AES Corp. subsidiary agreed to retire the coal-fired 2,308-MW J.M. Stuart and the 600-MW Killen Station plants in June 2018.
EPA proposes to limit emissions at Nebraska's largest power plant
The U.S. EPA is seeking to have Nebraska's largest power plant install new equipment to limit sulfur dioxide emissions. According to a draft rule, Nebraska Public Power District would be obligated to install scrubber technology at its 1,365-MW Gerald Gentleman coal-fired plant in Lincoln County, Neb., within five years.
Ameren plans appeal of court order finding air violation at Mo. coal plant
An Ameren Corp. subsidiary plans to appeal a U.S. district court decision finding it violated the Clean Air Act for modifying a Missouri coal plant without the necessary permits. Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri, said, "We disagree with the ruling and believe the court misapplied the law and ignored the evidence presented at trial" and that it plans to "appeal at the appropriate time."
Gas pipes not to blame for most San Francisco-area methane emissions, study says
Methane emissions in the San Francisco area may be much higher than expected, but natural gas is not the only — or even the primary — contributor, research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory determined.
Democratic senators unhappy with EPA nominee's response to 1,000 questions
Senate Democrats are displeased with responses received from U.S. EPA administrator-nominee Scott Pruitt, who reportedly responded to over 1,000 questions, according to Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
States take sides in challenge to EPA's denial of Clean Power Plan petitions
A new legal challenge against the Clean Power Plan has been brought by a familiar collection of states that have long opposed the rule. This time the states, led by North Dakota, are challenging a last-minute denial of petitions for reconsideration of the rule.
DOJ hires former Southern Co. lobbyist to run environmental division
A former lobbyist for Southern Co. has been hired to run the U.S. Department of Justice's division dedicated to fighting pollution. Jeffrey Wood was appointed as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department on Jan. 20.
House GOP set to use Congressional Review Act to try to scrap 2 energy rules
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on measures to scrap two contentious environmental regulations put in place late in the Obama administration, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources said Jan. 27.
EPA's chaotic first week under Trump continues with pledge to review research
The week following President Donald Trump's inauguration has been a tumultuous one for the U.S. EPA, with leaks from inside the agency describing a gag order imposed on staff, a grants program for climate change initiatives put on hold and an attempt to scrub the agency's webpage housing climate change data.
Oregon urged to design cap-and-trade program to link to WCI
Any Oregon cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions should be designed with the ability for a future linkage with existing systems in California and Quebec, according to an analysis presented during a Jan. 25 public workshop hosted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
EPA delays effective date of 30 rules in line with regulatory freeze
The U.S. EPA will put on hold a number of regulations that were issued in the final months of the Obama administration, including implementation plans for reducing various pollutants and new guidelines for air modeling. The move is consistent with a regulatory freeze ordered by the Trump administration Jan. 23.
Canadian province targets 10% cut in greenhouse gas emissions
Newfoundland and Labrador province is trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% over the next few years as part of a sweeping plan to boost economic growth. Dubbed "The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainable Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador," the plan sets a road map for redesigning the provincial government in order to address economic, social and fiscal challenges, some of which were "exposed" by a drop in oil prices.
Easing red tape, Trump promises 'hospitable' environment for new infrastructure
In one of his first executive orders, President Donald Trump has directed agencies to streamline and expedite environmental review processes for infrastructure projects, especially those of a high priority for the nation. While Trump focused on transportation infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges in introducing the order at the White House Jan. 24, the document also included electrical grid, telecommunications systems, airports and pipeline projects.
CCS proponents optimistic about White House energy plan
Lawmakers and carbon capture and storage advocates are optimistic about the White House's clean coal statements in its energy plan. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., released a comment applauding President Donald Trump's energy agenda, highlighting the clean coal comments and the planned elimination of "devastating policies like the Waters of the U.S. Rule."