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US utilities launch ESG template; EPA revisiting mercury and air toxics rule

To satisfy investors' ESG appetite, US utilities formally launch template

U.S. electric utilities have officially launched a new sustainability template aimed at giving investors a clearer understanding of the companies' stances on environmental, social and governance issues by providing that information in a more standardized and accessible format.

Calif. board tweaks funding guidelines for state climate investments

The California Air Resources Board has published updated guidelines for how state agencies should select and track billions of dollars in climate change-related investments, including energy programs.

Georgia Power updates coal ash plans at Branch, Bowen plants

Georgia Power Co. is updating plans to close ash ponds at two coal plants, the utility announced Aug. 30. The Southern Co. subsidiary has now designated 19 ponds to be completely excavated, a news release said, with 10 remaining ones to be closed in place.

DC Circuit turns down attempt to stop Mountain Valley pipeline construction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an attempt by environmental groups to stop construction on the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC natural gas project.

EPA moves forward with plan to revisit Obama-era mercury and air toxics rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forging ahead with its plan to revisit an Obama-era regulation that restricts mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

TVA to convert Ky. coal plants to dry storage

The Tennessee Valley Authority will convert its two Kentucky coal plants from wet to dry ash storage, as the federally owned power supplier moves closer to more securely storing ash at all six of its coal facilities.

Ontario axes emissions levy on natural gas

Ontario Premier Doug Ford continued his assault on the climate change mitigation programs of the province's previous government with the repeal of the so-called carbon tax on natural gas.

ATCO cleared to convert Battle River coal-fired plant to run on gas

The Alberta Utilities Commission approved a plan by ATCO Ltd. to convert three coal-fired units at its Battle River power plant in the central region of the province to natural gas fueling.

Facebook doubles down on renewable energy to slash emissions

Facebook Inc. aims to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 75% over the next two years as the social media company shifts to powering all of its operations with renewable energy.

Duke Energy alters NC clean energy purchase program to appease Walmart

In a settlement with Walmart Inc. Duke Energy Corp. will adjust parts of its North Carolina renewable energy program in order to win the support of the clean energy-hungry retail giant.