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Energy, editors' picks: Fla. utilities weigh future of aging coal fleet; clean coal campaign panned

SNL Energy editors' picks forthe best stories for the week ended Sept. 23.

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Outagesearlier this year at two coal-fired plants in Florida owned by public powerutilities have highlighted the choices facing cities and municipal authoritiesas they consider a future when those assets no longer operate, and the cost tokeep them running. But those considerations are different for public utilitiesthan for those owned by investors.

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Pushinga message of clean coal is an ill-advised campaign for an industry in need of anew strategy, according to a public affairs expert and industry advocates."That's a spin that just isn't going to work," said Jon Davies,president of Davies Public Affairs, at the S&P Global Platts 39th AnnualCoal Marketing Days Conference in Pittsburgh.

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Thedocument is torn at the edges and bears what appears to be a coffee stain. ItsCourier font suggests it may have been created using a typewriter. Still, thisNational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which was issued June25, 1992, is the governing document for a facility that releases variouswastewaters into New Hampshire's Merrimack River.

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Gov.Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania is willing to talk with his New York counterpart tohelp the FERC-approved Constitution pipeline get the Clean Water Act permit itneeds to complete its route in New York, an aide to Wolf said in Pittsburgh.

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Inthe wake of the results of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's latestquarterly auction,stakeholders have renewed calls for changes to the program, including a tighteremissions ceiling. "Low emissions prices reflect the continuing decline ofregional emissions and a growing oversupply of allowances. Without measures tosignificantly strengthen RGGI, the oversupply of allowances is likely toincrease following recent commitments to foster zero-carbon energy,"according to the Acadia Center.