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  1. El Paso Electric goes coal free

    El Paso Electric celebrates a milestone as it becomes the only utility in Texas and New Mexico to generate electricity 100 percent coal-free. By eliminating the coal power generation from the company’s portfolio and increasing its investment in utility-scale solar, EPE is avoiding releasing more than two billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent to taking 190,000 cars off the road or planting 20 million trees. This announcement comes at the end of a 50-year contract and sale of EPE’s seven percent ownership of the coal-fired generating plant, Four Corners Generating Station, located near Farmington, New Mexico. EPE decided that it would not extend its contract due to the uncertainty of significant economic and environmental impacts, and EPE’s ownership of Four Corners was sold to a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, which is also the parent company of Arizona Public Service Co ., based in Phoenix, Arizona on July 6, 2016. “This decision was not only the best environmental decision for our community, but it was also beneficial financially for all of our customers,” said El Paso Electric CEO, Mary Kipp. “El Paso Electric has a firm commitment toward providing safe, reliable, and clean energy that is also cost-effective, and as we analyzed our production of electricity, we began to see the ways in which we could make efficient use of new technologies that would be more economically viable for our operations.” In recent years, the use of coal has become a contentious issue with many environmental groups which have worked together to take action to eliminate or severely limit its use in electric power generation. As more utilities try to do their part in reducing harmful emissions, EPE believes that the elimination of coal generation for our region is the right step forward. “I congratulate El Paso Electric on ending its ownership portion of the Four Corners coal power plant in New Mexico. While there is still more work to be done to fully realize Texas and New Mexico’s renewable energy potential, we know that shifting away from carbon-polluting coal plants is one of the most important things we can do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, which is already making droughts more serious and drying up the Rio Grande,” remarked Dr. Al Armendariz, deputy regional director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Since 2009, El Paso Electric has been making significant investments in local generating facilities and in 2014, EPE doubled its utility-scale solar. That same year, EPE was recognized by the Solar Electric Power Association for its significant advances in renewable energy technologies. “We remain committed to building a portfolio that includes renewable technologies that complement our local, quick-start, clean-burning natural gas units,” Kipp added. As of July 27, 2016, El Paso Electric has a generation mix consisting of nuclear energy from Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station located near Tonopah Arizona, the nation’s largest producer of emission-free energy; local clean-burning natural gas plants; and a combination of ownership and power purchase agreements of large-scale solar facilities, which includes the largest solar facility in the state of New Mexico and the largest solar facility in El Paso County. EPE continues to make advancements in solar energy with a new Community Solar Program launching in 2017, pending Texas regulatory approval. This program will provide all of EPE’s customers in Texas the option to subscribe to solar energy from a local solar facility in east El Paso County. El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to about 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  2. B&W Restructures Power & Renewables Units, Lays off 200 From Coal

    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises is taking steps to restructure its traditional power business in advance of lower projections for U.S. coal generation .

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    Tue, 28 Jun 2016

  3. HG&T receives funds to upgrade Massachusetts' 30-MW Hadley hydropower plant

    A $1 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will allow the City of Holyoke to rehabilitate a generating unit at its 30-MW Hadley Falls hydropower plant.

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    Wed, 16 Mar 2016

  4. ITC: Transmission a must for EPA Clean Power Plan to work

    The Clean Power Plan is purported to be a game-changer for the industry with large changes in generation portfolios

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    Wed, 23 Dec 2015

  1. U.S. to retire 8.5% of coal generation over the next five years

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    Tue, 31 Jul 2012

  2. LGE to close 800 MW of coal generation

    Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities plan to retire three coal-fired power plants representing 801 MW of generation over the next several years and will replace them with natural gas-fired generation.

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2011

  3. Google chooses TVA site for next data center

    First data center to locate on repurposed coal generation site

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    Wed, 24 Jun 2015

  4. Regulators approve $1.2B Duke power generation purchase

    Duke Energy Progress receives FERC approval for plans to purchase NCEMPA nuclear and coal generation assets

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    Wed, 10 Dec 2014

  5. ERCOT calls EPA "cross-state" rule unreasonable

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule on SO2 emissions will have a "significant impact on coal generation ." The independent system operator said the timing of the new rules is unreasonable.

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2011

  6. Energy efficiency might support coal power under EPA Clean Power Plan

    The analysis used computer modeling to evaluate four scenarios under the EPA proposal to cut electric sector CO2 30 percent by 2030 

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2015

  7. EU carbon trading turmoil boosts plant profits

    The European Union carbon trading scheme has been hit by economic jitters and concern over an efficiency drive, costing EU allowances a quarter of their value over three weeks while raising the profitability of coal generation .

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    Fri, 24 Jun 2011

  8. 23 new coal-fired power plants for Philippines

    The Philippines is responding to growing electricity demand and the fall in coal prices to push ahead with the development of new coal power plants aimed at reducing power blackouts.

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015

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