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  1. Groups want Trump to weigh in on breaching Snake River hydropower dams

    Editor's Note: This content was originally featured on  GenerationHub.com . GenerationHub.com is a sister site of HydroWorld.com that covers power generation in a number of renewable and non-renewable forms. Dozens of organizations and decision-makers that oppose breaching of the Lower Snake River Dams in Washington State said Dec. 6 that they are urging that the incoming Trump Administration to directly intervene and/or convene a "God Squad" committee to protect the Lower Snake River Dams and put an end to discussions about breaching them.   The request to the Trump Administration comes on the heels of a recent ruling by federal Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon, in which he ordered that a new environmental study be done regarding the Lower Snake River Dams, after the federal government's latest plan for protecting threatened and endangered salmon indicated that breaching Snake River dams did not need to be considered and would cost at least $3 billion to taxpayers.    Additionally, with President-elect Donald Trump stating that he will invest $1 trillion to improve the nation's infrastructure (including transportation, clean water, and a modern and reliable electricity grid), the opponents of breaching hope that Trump will stop this expensive attempt to try to remove vital energy and transportation infrastructure (the Lower Snake River Dams). In fact, they said, a recent report from the Bonneville Power Administration highlighted the following benefits of the Lower Snake River Dams: The four lower Snake River dams produce over 1,000 average megawatts of reliable, carbon-free energy; If the region were to replace the energy produced by the lower Snake dams, it would most likely be with a fossil fuels and natural gas; A 2015 BPA reliability analysis concluded that replacement of the lower Snake dams with highly efficient natural gas generation would still increase the region's carbon dioxide emissions by 2.0 to 2.6 million metric tons annually; The four lower Snake River dams include some of the most advanced and successful fish passage systems in the world; and New wind and solar generators depend on the dams for back-up power to make them economically viable. Furthermore, according to an October 2015 news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Commander of the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that the Lower Snake River Dams provide a marine transportation corridor that helps move 3.5 million tons of cargo, worth $1.5 billion a year, to regional markets. On a related note, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers says the Columbia and Snake rivers make up the third-largest grain export system in the world. To move the same amount of wheat by road or rail annually would require 137,000 trucks or 23,900 rail cars. Moreover, the Lower Snake River Dams provide irrigation for 60,000 acres of high value irrigated crops. "If the dams were breached, the pump stations would not function," stated Dr. Darryll Olsen, Board Representative for the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA). "The end result would be a substantial reduction in irrigated acres, which would have a huge negative impact food processing and agriculture in the Pacific Northwest." The opponents said the Endangered Species Act allows the Trump Administration's new Secretary of Interior to convene an Endangered Species Act Committee, or "God Squad," to set reasonable boundaries for hydro system operations.  They said the Bonneville Power Administration has spent $15 billion to successfully mitigate the dams' effect on fish and wildlife.  In 1992-93, there were about 800 fall chinook above the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River, according to CSRIA. The 2014-15 count of adult fish found about 35,000 wild Snake River fall chinook. According to fish survival data, the survival rate at each dam on the river is about 92% to 95%.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. GE Claims Existing Hardware and Software Upgrades Can Cut Emissions

    In total, improvements using existing technology could remove 1,103 million tons of carbon emissions , the study states.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  3. UW gets DOE funding for carbon capture and storage projects

    The funding is part of a DOE initiative to help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels 

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  4. Australian utility invests $1.5bn in renewables

    Australian utility EnergyAustralia has agreed to buy around 500 MW of power from new wind and solar projects, an investment totalling $1.5bn.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  1. Mississippi Power says it's likely to miss Kemper deadline

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  2. Carbon dioxide emissions hit record high

    Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from power generation hit an all-time high of 31.6 billion in 2012, a 1.4 percent jump from 2011, according to the International Energy Agency

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013

  3. EIA: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Generation Lowest since 1993

    Carbon Dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2015 were the lowest since 1993, a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report finds.

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    Wed, 18 May 2016

  4. GE analysis identifies potential for cleaner coal and gas

    New data compiled by analysts at General Electric has found that coal and gas-fired power plant emissions can be reduced by 10 per cent when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  5. Trump floats longtime EPA foe Pruitt to head that agency

    Pruitt, 48, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda." 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  6. Good sign for coal power as natural gas prices rise

    It hasn’t been a bad couple of months, relatively speaking, for the domestic coal industry on both policy and market developments

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  7. Australia PM rules out making power companies pay for pollution

    "We are not going to take any steps that will increase the already too high cost of energy for Australian families and businesses," Turnbull told reporters.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  8. GOP members of Congress look forward to reforming federal policies

    US Senate and House Republicans anticipate working well with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration to reverse energy and environmental policies and regulations they believe were imposed unconstitutionally during Barack Obama’s presidency and earlier, four GOP federal lawmakers said on ...

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

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