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  1. Power Emissions: DC appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington began hearing oral arguments Tuesday in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions . The Clean Power Plan , which aims to slow climate change by reducing power-plant emissions by one-third, has been challenged by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states, including Texas, and allied business and industry groups tied to fossil fuels. The states deride the carbon-cutting plan unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency as an "unlawful power grab" that will kill coal-mining jobs and drive up electricity costs. The Supreme Court has delayed implementation until the legal challenges are resolved. Implementation of the rules is considered essential to the United States meeting emissions-reduction targets in a global climate agreement signed in Paris last year. The Obama administration and environmental groups also say the plan will spur new clean-energy jobs. Regardless of which side prevails at the appeals level, the issue is considered likely to end up being decided by the Supreme Court. The federal plan aims to help stave off the worst predicted impacts of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by about one-third by 2030. The plan also encourages further development of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar by further ratcheting down any emissions allowed from new coal-fired power plants. Under the Clean Air Act, certain challenges to new EPA rules skip the federal district court and go directly to the appeals court. A three-judge panel had been scheduled to hear the case in June, but whichever side lost was considered likely to seek a review by the full appeals court. In a rare step, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit elected to hold Tuesday's "en banc" review before the smaller panel's decision, which is allowed under procedural rules when the case at issue "involves a question of exceptional importance." By using its discretion to skip a step, the appeals judges are potentially shaving months off the time before the case could be heard by the high court. Six of the 10 appeals judges were appointed by Democratic presidents. Chief appeals judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated by Obama to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat, has recused himself from the case.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  2. Court Hearings Begin in Challenge to the Clean Power Plan

    President Barack Obama ’s Clean Power Plan came under nearly seven hours of scrutiny from government, industry and public interest groups Tuesday in the second-highest court in the country.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  3. U.S. not on track to meet 2025 power plant pollution cutting goal

    The U.S. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  4. Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change

    Donald Trump's running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee's claim that climate change is not the result of human activity.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  1. Court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  2. More discussion of energy needed in 2016 elections, API’s Gerard says

    American Petroleum Institute Pres. Jack N. Gerard expressed hope that more US political candidates—from Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump on down—would mention energy more prominently in their 2016 election campaigns because it has contributed so much to the US economic recovery since the end of ...

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  3. U.S. underwent quiet energy change during Obama tenure

    There are now more than three solar power jobs in the U.S. for every job mining coal

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  4. Solar Power News: Duke Energy offers solar panels for schools in lawsuit deal

    Duke Energy is looking for 10 North Carolina schools that want rooftop solar power panels they can use to teach about renewable energy.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  5. EEI’s Phil Moeller Receives FRI Crystal Award

    Philip D. Moeller, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Solutions Officer for Edison Electric Institute (EEI), has received the Financial Research Institute’s (FRI) Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution for regulatory policy. 

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  6. Coal News: Coal pensions, benefits divide Kentucky Senate candidates

    In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, where proving your coal bonafides is a prerequisite for holding public office, the two major party candidates disagree over a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of thousands of retired miners.

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  7. Paris Agreement passes 'magic number' of country signatures

    The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  8. FERC rejects appeal over its authority on small hydro projects on Reclamation properties

    The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 22 decided that the commission has no authority to permit grandfathered small "conduit" hydroelectric projects on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's sprawling water management system under a 2013 law that promotes the development of ...

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

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