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Luminant to close 2 more Texas plants; 21% of US coal fleet 'uneconomic'

Luminant to shut 2 more large Texas coal plants

Vistra Energy Corp. subsidiary Luminant Generation Co. LLC will close the coal-fired Sandow and Big Brown plants, which total about 2,400 MW, in 2018.

Clean Power Plan supporters vow to fight repeal

Backers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan promised not to go down without a fight as the Trump administration works to repeal the carbon-cutting regulation.

Earthjustice: EPA's haze plan for Texas 'a sham rule'

Environmental groups assert that EPA's new plan to address regional haze in Texas will actually cause emissions to rise, setting up another chapter in the long-running fight to force a handful of coal-fired generators to install emissions controls in the state.

Clean energy investments to continue in Trump era, company officials say

Do not expect efforts that businesses have taken to become more sustainable to come to a halt, even as the Trump administration takes steps to roll back Obama-era climate and environmental policies, corporate leaders told a New York City audience.

Canada, UK to urge end to coal-fired power emissions at next climate summit

Canada and the United Kingdom have agreed to spearhead a push for the elimination of emissions from coal-fired electricity generation at an upcoming climate-change summit.

Kan. regulator seeks FERC's help in dispute over gas storage leak

After being unable to get anyone to take responsibility for a leaking well at an underground gas storage field, the Kansas Corporation Commission has asked federal regulators to help prevent more gas loss from wells in similar circumstances.

NM commission to weigh impact of proposed clean energy standard

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will take up consideration of a clean energy standard that would require utilities it regulates to lower carbon emissions from electric generation a total of 80% from 2012 levels by 2040.

Federal Register notice of DOE resilience proposal adds important word: capacity

A small change in the wording of the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to provide more cost support for struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants could have important implications, or not.

Analysts: Clean Power Plan could have driven deeper carbon cuts for power sector

Stakeholders fighting both for and against the Clean Power Plan largely agree that the power industry is on a trajectory to meet the rule's 2030 target for carbon emissions reductions even if the controversial regulation is scrapped. So would its repeal have any impact on carbon emissions in the power sector?

Report: 21% of US coal fleet 'uneconomic,' could face retirements, conversions

A recent energy analysis determined that more than 20% of the nation's coal-generating capacity in 2016 is uneconomic and could face retirement or conversion to other energy sources.

FERC’s Powelson defends gas plant reliability in face of DOE rule request

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Robert Powelson brushed off assertions that natural gas plant performance issues drove power outages during the 2014 polar vortex, a key assumption behind DOE's recent proposal to better compensate coal and nuclear plants to ensure reliability.

Duke Energy releases detailed action plans, maps for dams at coal ash sites

Duke Energy Corp. has posted more detailed information, including flood inundation maps, as part of its emergency action plans for potential dam failures or other serious incidents at its coal ash sites.