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Pruitt to ink Clean Power Plan repeal; New York unveils plan to meet Paris goals

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Pruitt to ink Clean Power Plan repeal; New York unveils plan to meet Paris goals

Pruitt to sign Clean Power Plan repeal; New York threatens to sue

In a move that prompted a standing ovation at an event in Hazard, Ky., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he will sign a proposed rulemaking to withdraw the Clean Power Plan on Oct. 10.

EPA to repeal Clean Power Plan, seek public input on new rule

The full text of a draft copy of an EPA proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan shows that the agency may eventually replace it after receiving the public's input.

New York City releases 1st-ever city plan to meet Paris Agreement goals

New York City has produced the first-ever city plan anywhere in the world to meet the emissions reduction goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change for mitigating global warming.

Environmentalists join gas groups to call for more time on DOE grid proposal

Opposition to the U.S. Department of Energy's request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission write a new rule compensating baseload power generators, primarily coal and nuclear plants, for their "reliability and resilience" now includes some strange bedfellows: Environmental groups joined oil and natural gas interests in comments to regulators.

Sierra Club: EPA's new haze plan for Texas will increase power plant emissions

After attempting to delay the issuance of a regional haze plan for Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a plan the Sierra Club believes will allow the state's coal-fired generators to release more emissions than they did in 2016.

EPA backs Ariz. haze plan for Salt River Project plant

The EPA has approved a plan for the Salt River Project to curtail a unit at its coal-fired Coronado power plant a few months each year to comply with regional haze requirements.

Pruitt: EPA, DOE will not use power to 'try to influence' generation decisions

The Trump administration said it does not intend to pick winners and losers in the generation mix, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt does believe that utilities and power companies need to plan for resiliency and fuel diversity — and that means ensuring an adequate supply of coal-fired generation.

FERC's Powelson pledges 'not to destroy' energy markets despite DOE directive

FERC commissioner Robert Powelson has promised the agency will safeguard competitive wholesale electricity markets on the heels of a DOE proposal to ensure full cost recovery for certain coal and nuclear power plants.

Texas think tank urges EPA to rethink endangerment finding

As the EPA prepares to release its initial rulemaking related to repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a conservative Texas policy think tank is urging the agency to reconsider its 2009 determination that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare.

RGGI use of emissions containment reserve could lead to price erosion

The proposed use of an emissions containment reserve in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative market could ultimately lead to price erosion, according to sources.

Helium gas could help coal mines find emissions sources

Helium gas could be the canary in the coal mine to tell producers where gas leaks are occurring from underground mining operations.

New York, other states to sue EPA over missed ozone deadline

A group of states has announced that they will sue the EPA in 60 days if no action is taken on issuing designations for the 2015 ozone standards.

BLM intends to suspend key parts of methane rule until 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management detailed its plans for suspending key parts of a rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal and tribal lands.