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‘The wild west of wind’: Republicans push Texas as unlikely green energy leader

‘The wild west of wind’: Republicans push Texas as unlikely green energy leader

The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states has found itself with the improbable status of being a national leader in a wind energy boom SWEETWATER, TX — “Texas has 11,592 turbines and an installed wind capacity of 20,321 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association: three times as much […]

ill Siderewicz, owner of Boston-based Clean Energy Future LLC says
“They call it regulation or restructuring, but what it is, is re-monopolization,” he said. “This is a case of management incompetency"

Power struggle rises over Valley

LORDSTOWN — “It’s not every day that an investor walks into a small village and pitches a multimillion-dollar investment. The investor is Bill Siderewicz, owner of Boston-based Clean Energy Future LLC. His pitch: build an $890 million natural-gas power plant in Lordstown, which is known for its sprawling manufacturing plants. […]

An aerial view Feb. 17, 2017, shows industry along the Calumet River in Chicago, including the S.H. Bell storage facility, in foreground at lower left, along the east side of the river. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)
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Petcoke piles gone, but another dangerous pollutant discovered in the air

CHICAGO — “Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are gone from Chicago, but federal and city officials discovered a potentially more dangerous type of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the East Side neighborhood. Air monitors posted around two storage terminals on the Calumet River during 2014 […]

A view into Unit 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia. The complex plans to use AP1000 reactors from Westinghouse. Credit via Georgia Powe

The murky future of nuclear power in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC — “This was supposed to be America’s nuclear century. The Three Mile Island meltdown was two generations ago. Since then, engineers had developed innovative designs to avoid the kinds of failures that devastated Fukushima in Japan. The United States government was earmarking billions of dollars for a new […]

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Kasich fills two open seats on PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has named a Democrat and a Republican to fill the two open seats on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The new commissioners are Larry Friedeman, a Democrat, of Waterville in Lucas County, and Daniel Conway, a Republican, of Upper Arlington. Both men have long […]

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA
Climate Change / Energy

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Once Republican senators lined up behind him, Pruitt’s nomination was never truly in jeopardy. The Senate voted 52-46 on Thursday to end debate on the EPA nomination, lining up a Friday afternoon vote for the nation’s top environmental regulator. The vote tracked partisan affiliations with only a […]

Big Harts Creek in Lincoln County, WV (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Coal / Water Quality

Trump’s repeal of stream rule helps coal at the expense of climate and species

WASHINGTON, DC — “When he signed an unusual act of Congress rolling back a regulation to protect streams from mining pollution on Thursday, President Donald Trump made good on his promise to ease up on coal mining. The repeal will mean more greenhouse gas pollution from burning coal. It’s also […]

Climate Change / Energy

On eve of confirmation vote, judge orders EPA nominee to release thousands of emails

WASHINGTON, DC — “An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry. The Center for Media and Democracy has been […]

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Energy / Utilities

Predictions 2017: 8 sector insiders on what’s next for power markets and regulation

WASHINGTON, DC — “2016 roiled the power sector as a reality TV star ascended to the nation’s highest office. Donald Trump’s election could disrupt some ongoing trends in the electrical industry, including decarbonization goals set under the Paris Climate Accord and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. And coal generation could […]