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EPA's mercury proposal ignores science; carbon capture at center of debate

US EPA's mercury proposal ignores science, actual compliance costs, critics say

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to rescind the legal basis for an Obama-era rule targeting mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants ignores new science and lower-than-previously-estimated compliance costs, critics argued March 18.

US SEC backs shareholder asking utilities to report costs of climate efforts

The U.S. SEC has sided with an energy company's request to block a pro-renewables resolution. It also has allowed a measure by the co-founder of a pro-coal campaign targeting two other utilities for their climate-related efforts.

Carbon capture at center of debate over US EPA's rule for new coal plants

The feasibility of a technology known as carbon capture and storage has emerged as a central point of debate when discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to ease carbon dioxide limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants.

Proposals such as Green New Deal part of 'new political reality'

The leader of the organization that lobbies on behalf of U.S. refining and petrochemical interests said proposals such as the Green New Deal are part of "our new political reality" after the Democrats took control of the lower house of the U.S. Congress in January.

Plan to save Pa. nukes calls for zero-emission resource requirement

Pennsylvania lawmakers want electric distribution companies to get a portion of their electricity from zero-emission resources such as nuclear power to keep open plants declared to be at risk of shutting down.

As solar booms toward terrawatts, recycling imperative arises

As solar suppliers worldwide expand their collective installed capacity from about 500,000 MW entering 2019, the industry must prevent a growing waste stream associated with billions of aging panels from eclipsing their environmental benefits, according to Andreas Wade, First Solar Inc.'s global sustainability director.

Eni aims to cut carbon emissions from upstream business to net zero by 2030

Italy's state-controlled Eni SpA plans to cut net carbon emissions in its upstream business to zero by 2030 and to launch a share buyback program this year.

Shell sets short-term emissions targets for 1st time

Royal Dutch Shell plc announced March 14 it has set short-term carbon emissions reduction targets for the first time ever.

Exelon backing Illinois bill to include nukes in carbon-free capacity purchase

Exelon Corp. is supporting legislation in Illinois the company said would protect the state's clean energy programs from potential rule changes aimed at addressing the impact of state energy subsidies on the PJM Interconnection capacity market.

Under pressure from investors, EDP doubles down on renewables growth

EDP - Energias de Portugal SA is planning to finance a greatly accelerated expansion into wind and solar power through the sale of at least €2 billion of assets in its home market of Iberia and a global €4 billion asset rotation program, as some of its largest shareholders continue to wrangle over the utility's future.

Ark. lawmakers pass bill to expand renewables access under net metering

The Arkansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill March 12 that would boost solar power installations and other distributed renewable energy sources under net metering.

NM House passes 50% renewables standard, coal plant shutdown financing

Following the New Mexico state Senate's passage of a bill to increase the state's renewable portfolio standard from 20% to 50% by 2030, the state House of Representatives on March 12 also approved the bill, which Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to sign into law.

Md. lawmakers question impact of proposed carbon fee

Some Maryland lawmakers gave a skeptical reception to a proposal to set a carbon pollution charge, calling the idea well intended but asserting that it could end up hurting residents and businesses in the state.