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  1. Coal News: In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

      CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge's previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn't done in decades. According to Wednesday's order, McCarthy asserted it would take the agency up to two years to devise a methodology to use to try to comply with the earlier ruling. "This response is wholly insufficient, unacceptable, and unnecessary," Bailey wrote. The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when enforcing the Clean Air Act and McCarthy's response "evidences the continued hostility on the part of the EPA to acceptance of the mission established by Congress." Bailey ordered the EPA to identify facilities harmed by the regulations during the Obama presidency by July 1. That includes identifying facilities at risk of closure or reductions in employment. The EPA had contended that analyzing job loss won't change global energy trends. The judge also set a Dec. 31 deadline for the EPA to provide documentation on how it is continuously evaluating the loss and shifts in employment that may result from administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The EPA said it was reviewing the ruling, first reported by the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register. A Murray Energy spokesman didn't immediately offer comment. Murray Energy and other coal companies have blamed thousands of layoffs this decade on President Barack Obama's anti-global-warming push that imposes limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. West Virginia's economy is reliant on coal mining and gets 96 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants. McCarthy has said no administration has interpreted federal law to require job impact analysis for rulemaking since 1977. She said the most that the EPA does is "conduct proactive analysis of the employment effects of our rulemaking actions," but that has not included investigating power plant and mine closures and worker dislocations on an ongoing basis, according to the order. Bailey wrote that the EPA can recommend amendments to Congress if it feels strongly enough. "EPA does not get to decide whether compliance with (the law) is good policy, or would lead to too many difficulties for the agency," Bailey wrote. "It is time for the EPA to recognize that Congress makes the law, and EPA must not only enforce the law, it must obey it." President-elect Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly sued the EPA since becoming Oklahoma's attorney general in 2011, including joining with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  2. EIA: Even Without Clean Power Plan , Gas and Renewables Will Grow

    The report noted the future generation mix remains sensitive to the price of natural gas and the growth in electricity demand.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. Florida Power and Light Announces Completion of Solar Projects

    Additionally, FPL plans to build four more 74.5 MW solar stations across the state this year.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. Coal News: McConnell outlines environmental wish-list for Trump action

    The top Republican in the Senate outlined a series of actions he hopes President-elect Donald Trump will take to overturn environmental regulations imposed by President Barack Obama, including a rule to protect streams from coal-mining debris.

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  1. EIA: Natural gas overtakes coal, but for how long?

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  2. EIA: US to become net energy exporter in outlook to 2050

    According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO 2017), which has projections through 2050, the US will become a net energy exporter in most cases as petroleum liquid imports fall and natural gas exports rise.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  3. Federal support for US CHP schemes

    While the US EPA is a strong advocate of the greater use of CHP, there have been suggestions that the incoming Trump administration will be less keen to intervene in the energy industry for environmental protection purposes. 

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  4. Carbon Emissions: States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

    Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama's signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.

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    Sat, 31 Dec 2016

  5. FPL shuts down Cedar Bay coal-fired power plant

    Prior to the acquisition, FPL had been obligated to purchase power from the plant under a 1988 power purchase agreement with the power plant's previous owners

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  6. Xcel Energy says more time needed for Clean Power Plan targets

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan ( CPP ) will cause a big shift in the country’s generating resources and will serve as an opportunity for job creation, but more time is needed to meet the plan’s goals, according to panelists at TransmissionHub’s TransForum ...

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    Mon, 18 May 2015

  7. Compliance Questions Linger with Clean Power Plan

    There are a lot of details yet to work out when it comes to complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan ( CPP ), which was published Oct. 23 in the Federal Register, with individual states having an initial deadline of September 2016 to submit their compliance ...

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    Thu, 10 Dec 2015

  8. Firm Offers Regional Rundown of Clean Power Plan Impact

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan ( CPP ) affects every state differently based on the unique emissions profile of individual states, the K&L Gates law firm said in a Sept. 11 analysis of the EPA plan.

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    Wed, 16 Sep 2015

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