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  1. Bloomberg adds $30M to campaign to slash coal power in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal. The Sierra Club has a goal of replacing half the nation's coal plants with renewable energy by 2017. Bloomberg donated $50 million to the program in 2011. The latest donation, along with $20 million from others, will be spent over the next three years. He says that reducing the number of coal plants will save lives and that job growth in solar , wind and natural gas can offset coal-related jobs. "Coal's days are numbered. It is an outdated technology," Bloomberg said during a rally at the Sierra Club's offices in Washington. "It's holding back our economy and it's hurting our health." The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricit y , a trade group, says that every time the Sierra Club helps shut down a coal plant, workers are sent to the unemployment lines and electricity rates for consumers increase. "Sierra Club's effort is purely a political campaign that ignores the energy realities and needs of our nation," said Laura Sheehan, a spokeswoman for the group. "The notion that 5 percent of the energy our country gets from wind and solar can somehow replace the 40 percent of electricity Americans get from coal is simply absurd." The number of coal-fired power plants in the United States has dropped by more than 100 over the past decade. The Sierra Club uses the donations from Bloomberg and others to fund campaign ads, hire lawyers and mobilize local support against opening new coal-powered plants and to retire older plants.

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    Wed, 8 Apr 2015

  2. 750 MW Clean Path Energy Center to combine solar, gas fueled power

    Western Energy Partners unveils plans for a state-of-the-art natural gas fueled unit and an advanced solar photovoltaic array for new power project in New Mexico

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    Thu, 9 Apr 2015

  3. Shifts in power generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

    A new Duke University study says from 2009-2012 the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while natural gas, solar and wind together created nearly four times that amount

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  4. Consumers Energy says it has enough power for Michigan's Lower Peninsula

    The utility's comments were filed Feb. 17 in response to a Michigan Public Service Commission request for 5-year energy supply plans from electric providers 

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    Wed, 18 Feb 2015

  1. Toshiba steam generator in operations at Kemper IGCC power plant

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    Wed, 25 Feb 2015

  2. Ohio utility regulators reject AEP plan for coal plants

    Ohio utility regulators have rejected an American Electric Power proposal to guarantee profitability from two of its aging coal plants.

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    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

  3. Coal chief takes aim at EU energy policy

    The secretary-general of Euracoal, the European Association for Coal and Lignite, Brian Ricketts says Europe’s energy policy and its ongoing campaign to reduce coal power capacity is counter-productive.

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    Fri, 27 Feb 2015

  4. Low-carbon bill would aid Exelon nuclear power plants

    Illinois lawmakers are considering clean-energy legislation backed by Exelon Corp. to keep three unprofitable nuclear plants afloat.

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    Fri, 27 Feb 2015

  5. German union identifies potential buyer for Vattenfall lignite assets

    Steag GmbH has emerged as a potential buyer for Swedish utility Vattenfall’s German lignite power assets.

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    Mon, 2 Mar 2015

  6. Exelon-sponsored bill would include nuclear power as clean energy source

    In a move backed by Exelon, Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation to create a state Low Carbon Portfolio Standard that would include nuclear power 

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    Mon, 2 Mar 2015

  7. Wind industry survey shows negative media impact on public understanding

    A survey of 2,000 adults carried out by OnePoll and commissioned by trade association RenewableUK has found that the British public has been taken in by negative publicity aimed at undermining the wind industry.

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    Tue, 3 Mar 2015

  8. Panel nears decision on closure plan for San Juan coal power plant

    New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come

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    Wed, 18 Mar 2015

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