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  1. Energy Research News: Report links 6.5 million deaths worldwide to air pollution

    In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The International Energy Agency said Monday June 27, 2016 that each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution and warns that the number will grow unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) STOCKHOLM (AP) — Each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions , the International Energy Agency warned Monday. In the Paris-based agency's first report on the subject, the IEA said air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to human health, after high blood pressure, bad diets and smoking. "Without changes to the way that the world produces and uses energy, the ruinous toll from air pollution on human life is set to rise," the report said. Outdoor air pollution comes mainly from power plants , factories and cars while household pollution stems from dirty cook stoves, primarily in developing countries. About 3 million premature deaths are linked to outdoor air pollution and 3.5 million premature deaths to inhaling smoke from stoves in the household, the report said. The latter number is projected to fall to 3 million in 2040 as access to cleaner-burning stoves improves in poor countries, IEA said. But it projected that the death toll linked to outdoor air quality would rise to 4.5 million, mainly in Asia, as growing demand for energy results in higher emissions. "Air pollution in many of the region's growing cities continues to be a major public health hazard and, indeed, to affect a larger share of an increasingly urban population," the report said. However, the IEA said sharp health improvements could be achieved with a 7 percent increase in total energy investment over the period to 2040. That would entail additional reductions of household emissions, stricter fuel standards for cars and trucks, improving energy efficiency and accelerating a shift in power generation from high-polluting sources such as coal to renewable alternatives. The report said energy production is the biggest source of man-made air pollution, accounting for 85 percent of the particulate matter and nearly all of the sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides. Energy production is also a key source of carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming.

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  2. Court suspends Clean Power Plan schedule temporarily

    Delay is related to new appeals over a separate rule for new power plants

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  3. Appeals Court Suspends Clean Power Plan Schedule - Temporarily

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 24 suspended the briefing schedule in the appeals by a number of parties, including the state of North Dakota and coal producer Murray Energy, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan.

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  4. Dayton vows to appeal court's ruling against coal power law

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is taking the fight over the state's law restricting new power generation from coal to a higher court.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  1. FPL to Buy Coal -Fired Power Plant Before Shutting it Down

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    Mon, 20 Jun 2016

  2. Utility News: Regulators to take more testimony on PNM rate case

    New Mexico regulators will hear more testimony next week on a request by the state's largest electric provider to raise customer rates.

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    Fri, 24 Jun 2016

  3. DTE Energy to Retire Eight Coal -Fired Units by 2023

    DTE Energy will retire eight coal - fired generating units at three sites in Michigan within the next seven years.

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  4. Coal News: DTE plans to shut down 8 coal -fired units at 3 plants

    DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal - fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years.

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  5. DTE Energy plans to shut down 8 coal -fired units at 3 plants

    DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal - fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years 

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  6. Concerns raised over Indiana plan to adopt coal ash rules

    Environmental groups are raising concerns about Indiana's plan to adopt new federal standards for the ponds and landfills where utilities store vast amounts of coal ash waste produced by coal - fired power plants.

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    Mon, 20 Jun 2016

  7. Coal and gas to stay cheap, but renewables still win race on costs

    Low prices for coal and gas are likely to persist, but will fail to prevent a fundamental transformation of the world electricity system over coming decades towards renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, and towards balancing options such as batteries.

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  8. FOE, Green Scissors Want Moniz to Withdraw Support From Texas IGCC Project

    Green Scissors, a coalition of free-market groups and some environmental organizations, recently wrote Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to withdraw support permanently from the Texas Clean Energy Project, a proposed carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) ...

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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