Posts Tagged ‘ coal ’

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. That’s not supposed to happen at lunchtime.

NY Attorney General hails decision to prohibit coal burning at generation facility

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON MOVE TO PROHIBIT BURNING OF COAL AT DANSKAMMER POWER PLANT IN HUDSON VALLEY NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today hailed a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to prohibit the burning of coal at the Danskammer Generating Facility, located in the Town of

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America’s coal-producing states weigh their options

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
A coal train rolls through a town in West Virginia, where more coal is produced than any other state except Wyoming.

Who will use the flexible policy tools offered in the Clean Power Plan to diversify their energy economies and unleash innovation to help their states grow? Who will show political courage?

Healthy CT Alliance forum addresses redevelopment of coal plant site

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

“Coal fired power plants are no longer economically viable and the days are numbered for the last few that remain,” said N. Jonathan Peress, vice president and director of clean energy and climate change at the Conservation Law Foundation.

Coal on the Decline — 150 Coal Plants Set for Retirement

Oct 9th, 2013 | By

Movement sparks shift to clean energy, major carbon reductions SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today the Sierra Club and a growing coalition of local, regional and national allies announced the retirement of its 150th coal plant — a significant milestone in the ongoing campaign to move the country beyond coal no later than 2030. With today’s

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Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits; EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to address National Press Club, follow on Twitter

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. Follow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s 9 a.m. National Press Club conversation on Twitter #ActOnClimate

Duke to stop burning coal at most of plant by 2018

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

Duke Energy has agreed to quit burning coal at its share of a power plant in western Indiana by June 2018 under a settlement announced Friday with environmental and citizens groups that also calls for the company to increase its investments in renewable energy.

Protesters again target coal-burning plant

Aug 15th, 2013 | By

About 25 protesters from the environmental group Healthy Connecticut Alliance converged on McLevy Green to protest the coal-burning Bridgeport Harbor Power Station, which they said is a threat to health and uses “technology from an earlier century.” “That plant needs to be closed tomorrow,” said Elaine Thompson-Ward, who lives in the city’s East End. “We’re

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New Report Highlights Extent of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

A new report released by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups highlights the critical need to clean up power plant water pollution.

Based on available water permits, the groups surveyed 386 coal plants across the country and identified 274 coal plants that discharge either coal ash or scrubber wastewater. The report reviewed the extent to which the permits limit – or require monitoring of – the discharge of arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium; the expiration date of the permits; and the health of the receiving stream.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance.

Dominion converts first of 3 coal plants to biomass

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

Dominion Virginia Power’s Altavista power station is now running on renewable biomass as part of a previously announced plan to convert three of its coal-fired power plants in the state to burn mostly waste wood left from regional timbering operations as fuel, the energy provider said Monday.

Moniz sees coal’s ‘significant role’: AP Interview

Jun 28th, 2013 | By

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America’s energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming. In an interview with The Associated Press, Moniz dismissed claims from Republicans and some coal-state Democrats that President Barack Obama’s climate

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Connecticut, New Jersey Settle Clean Air Lawsuit With Owners of Coal-Burning Generating Plant

May 16th, 2013 | By

The owners of a Pennsylvania power plant have agreed to stop burning coal in two generating units and to provide $1 million towards environmental mitigation in Connecticut and New Jersey as part of a clean air settlement announced today by Connecticut Atty. General George Jepsen and CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.

Senate approves Fewer emission tests for Bridgeport’s coal-burning power plant

May 8th, 2013 | By

Bridgeport’s controversial coal-burning power plant would have its emissions testing cut to just once a year under legislation unanimously approved Wednesday in the state Senate.

Bridgeport can lead to coal-free future — Commentary

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

Ever noticed that red and white smokestack looming over Bridgeport, occasionally billowing clouds of black smoke? You can see it from almost any point in the city. The Bridgeport Harbor coal plant is the last coal-burning power plant in Connecticut.

What you cannot always see are the six schools and University of Bridgeport located within only a mile of this plant.

Why is this a problem, you ask?

Courant LETTER: On A Coal-Free Connecticut

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

Connecticut has an opportunity to make history by retiring our last coal plant, located in the heart of Bridgeport. Its legacy is pollution and upon its retirement, Connecticut will become the first coal-free state in the United States. Click on this environmental headline for more of this important viewpoint.

CFE not surprised on granting of Bridgeport coal plant permit (update)

Sep 13th, 2012 | By

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Thursday issued a draft permit for the Bridgeport Harbor Station power plant that has been the target of recent protests by environmental groups. The DEEP action triggers a 45-day review process by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DEEP is authorized to issue a final permit at the end of the review period if there are no objections from EPA.

100 Small Businesses Sign On In Opposition To Bridgeport Coal Plant

Aug 20th, 2012 | By

BRIDGEPORT — Small businesses aren’t usually the ones to stick their necks out for the cause of environmental activism, but 100 of them in Bridgeport, most of them little shops and restaurants, signed a petition this week urging the shutdown of the Bridgeport Harbor Power Station ‘s coal-fired boiler. For more on this story, visit:

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Should we retire this sickening coal plant?

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

A dispatch from Sylvia Broude, Incoming Executive Director, Toxics Action Center For more than forty years, the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal-burning power plant has been belching out smog, soot and other toxins. And we’re sick of it. Literally. Asthma mortality rates in Bridgeport are ten  times higher for children and three times higher for seniors

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Power Plant Mercury Emissions Poisoning the Great Lakes

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

This week the NRDC released a report, Poisoning the Great Lakes: Mercury Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants in the Great Lakes Region, which highlights the impacts of mercury emissions from Great Lakes power plants on the people, fish, birds, and wildlife of our region.

Take action now to help protect parks from a dangerous air quality proposal

May 21st, 2012 | By

From the National Parks Conservation Association: A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is threatening the long-term health of national parks and wilderness areas across the eastern half of the United States. This proposal would exempt hundreds of highly polluting, antiquated coal-fired power plants from longstanding air pollution clean-up requirements. Take action now to

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