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  1. Natural gas expands its role for American Electric Power

    Traditional coal burner American Electric Power is increasingly using less coal power and relying more on natural gas to generate electricity. That was the message that AEP Executive Vice President Mark McCullough brought to PennWell’s half-day GenForum Aug. 23 in Columbus, Ohio, not far from AEP headquarters. AEP owns 32,000 MW of its own generating capacity as well as more than 40,000 line miles of electric transmission lines. The generation capacity was much higher a few years ago prior to the retirement of a number of coal power units, McCullough said. AEP "represents the country in a lot of ways," McCullough said. As recently as 2005, AEP relied upon coal for 70 percent of its electric generating portfolio. In 2016, however, the coal share has dropped to 48 percent, according to AEP materials. While coal has been declining, natural gas and intermittent renewable sources have been growing on the AEP system. Natural gas increased from 19 percent in 2005 to 30 percent in 2016. While natural gas has a number of attributes, one of the biggest is its low-carbon footprint, the AEP executive suggested. No one knows what will happen with the legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan, McCullough said. But "EPA has the authority to regulate carbon and they are going to do it," McCullough said. Natural gas also emits far less SO2 and NOx than coal-fired power plants. Natural gas plants can be licensed and constructed quicker than coal plants and advances in natural gas power generation technology have also affected the market, McCullough said. Nuclear power has held steady at about 6 percent between 2005 and 2016. Meanwhile wind, solar and hydro/pumped storage has grown from 4 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2016. The amount of wind and solar generation either owned directly by AEP companies or contracted through power purchase agreements will continue to mushroom in coming years, the AEP official indicated. The coal units that remain for AEP tend to be retrofitted with newer emission controls. AEP has invested a total of $8.5 billion to reduce emissions between 2000 and 2016. In addition to emissions like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, AEP has also decreased its carbon dioxide emissions an estimated 39 percent since 2000, according to materials presented by McCullough.

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016

  2. GE ‘bullish’ about coal-fired power

    General Electric is to ramp up the development of its coal-fired power business.

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2016

  3. AEP Vice President McCullough Highlights Growing Role of Natural Gas

    Natural gas has grown from 19 percent in 2005 to 30 percent in 2016.

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016

  4. It’s Time to Embrace a Digital Future

    The world is expected to need 50 percent more power to meet expanding demand over the next 20 years. That represents a huge opportunity for our industry.

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    Thu, 11 Aug 2016

  1. Indian government backs clean coal initiative

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016

  2. 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

  3. El Paso Electric goes coal free

    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 

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  4. Minnesota sees continued clean energy gains

    Renewable energy generation is expanding quickly in Minnesota as prices fall rapidly

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    Mon, 25 Jul 2016

  5. Wind Energy News: Wind farm foe rezones to fight proposed facility near Elwood

    As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways.

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  6. Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

    Mead signed a memorandum of understanding in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center

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    Wed, 27 Jul 2016

  7. Coal Energy News: Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

    Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday signed an agreement calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching clean-coal technology.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  8. Coal News: CSX 2Q profit down 20 percent as rail volume slows 9 percent

    CSX Corp. reported a nearly 20 percent drop in second-quarter profit as freight volume slowed 9 percent, but the railroad beat expectations by cutting expenses and raising rates where it could.

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

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