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  1. ESA Conference: Obama climate deputy says renewables push needs energy storage

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The quickened pace of global momentum tackling climate change will drive a “virtuous cycle” that benefits renewables and energy storage technologies, a key Obama Administration expert on the environment said Wednesday. Utilities and consumers embracing wind and solar are helping reduce power emissions in the U.S., Rick Duke said during the keynote address for the final day of the 26th annual Energy Storage Association Conference & Expo in Charlotte. Duke is deputy director for the White House climate change efforts. But those intermittent renewables require stabilizing and load smoothing resources like energy storage, Duke added. The most recent federal budget allocated more than $160 million on storage R&D. “When you step back and think about this power sector transformation in the U.S. and the global picture coming out of Paris we really are at global inflection point on energy markets and associated technologies like storage,” Duke said. This confluence of domestic and global climate directives includes the recent Paris accord involving dozens of nations promising to cut emissions, he noted. Meanwhile, the clean energy economy hit a record $268 billion worldwide last year. Domestically stable tax credits and falling costs should double wind and solar capacity over the next five years. “You’ve got all kinds of reasons the grid needs storage,” Duke told the crowd of about 1,000 storage industry leaders. The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, calls for a 32 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions by 2030. Every state has a target reduction, while many utilities already are retiring coal plants and replacing their output with lower-emitting natural gas-fired generation and combination of zero-emission sources like nuclear , wind and solar. And although many states are suing to stop the CPP-and the Supreme Court has issued a stay while the rule is being appealed—Duke contended that the work will go on. “The Clean Power Plan is really the centerpiece driving the next 15 years,” he said. “It’s federalist in design, putting the states in control.” About two dozen of those states, particularly those from coal-rich regions, might disagree. The Obama Administration has given them some tough targets to hit on emissions, such as nearly 50 percent in North Dakota. Yet Duke noted that even Mexico, historically an oil-focused nation, has committed itself to embracing and integrating more renewables. The Paris climate accord also showed dozens of nations are vowing to be transparent in reaching carbon reductions, he added. China promised three years ago to cap its emissions by 2030. And India is working to quadruple its renewable portfolio to 175 GW by 2022. In other words, he said, the world is moving on and the U.S. needs to jump onboard. “There’s consensus among governments that we’ve got to get this done,” Duke told the energy storage audience. “And domestically we’re seeing poll after poll like that.” And where renewables go, storage should follow. “Storage is an incredibly important technology to manage loads systemwide,” he said.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  2. Kemper project to cost Mississippi Power another $61 million

    Mississippi Power Co. will spend another $61 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.7 billion, the company said Tuesday 

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  3. Sierra Club appeals permit for 500 MW Ocotillo peaker power plant

    Club says this load-following project is inherently inefficient

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016

  4. Sierra Club Appeals Permit for 500-MW Ocotillo Peaker of APS

    The Sierra Club on April 21 filed an appeal with the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to challenge an air permit issued by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department for the Ocotillo natural gas-fired power plant proposed by Arizona Public Service (APS).

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    Mon, 25 Apr 2016

  1. Fossil Fuel News: Vattenfall to sell German plants, mines to Czech firm EPH

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    Mon, 18 Apr 2016

  2. Vattenfall to sell German coal power plants to Czech firm EPH

    The Swedish company will sell the assets to Energeticky a prumyslovy holding, also know as EPH 

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    Mon, 18 Apr 2016

  3. AEP-PSO officially retires fabled Unit 4 as utility moves away from coal

    But employees mourn the loss of a reliable, low-cost equipment over decades

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    Fri, 15 Apr 2016

  4. Consumers Energy powers up community solar power plant in Michigan

    Consumers Energy customers are supporting the development of solar energy by enrolling in the new Solar Gardens program

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2016

  5. Consumers Energy helps Michigan State divest from coal power

    Consumers Energy successfully helped Michigan State University on its transition from coal to natural gas as the energy source for its main campus power plant 

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    Tue, 12 Apr 2016

  6. Consumer Energy Closes Seven Oldest Coal Plants

    Consumers Energy today confirmed it will close its seven oldest coal-fired power plants by April 15, amounting to two-thirds of the company’s coal fleet.

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016

  7. AE&E Group wins EUR25m coal plant upgrade deal in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Austria's AE&E Group has secured an order for modernisation of the Unit 6 steam generator at Bosnia-Herzegovina's Kakanj coal fired power station, 50km north of Sarajevo.

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    Fri, 27 Nov 2009

  8. Georgia Power power plant emissions plan to retire coal plants

    New air controls installed on the surviving coal units

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    Mon, 1 Feb 2016

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