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Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants
Coal

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants

BALTIMORE, MD — “Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days. The plants have spent billions of […]

Cheap gas tests Trump’s promise to revive coal
AEP / Coal / Energy

Cheap gas tests Trump’s promise to revive coal

U.S. utilities already have retired hundreds of coal-burning power plants NEW YORK, NY — “American Electric Power Co. of Columbus, Ohio, one of the nation’s biggest utility companies, has sold or retired half its fleet of coal-burning power plants in recent years. No matter who occupies the White House, ‘it’s […]

FirstEnergy speeds up plan to shed power plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy speeds up plan to shed power plants

AKRON — “Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. revealed on Friday an accelerated effort to separate its profitable utility businesses from its troubled competitive generation side, promising to be a fully regulated company within 18 months. That means that its six Pennsylvania power plants, which employ more than 1,000 people, are either headed […]

AEP and FirstEnergy say the guarantees are needed to maintain a reliable power grid.
AEP / Energy

AEP wins profit guarantee sought in coal-fired power case

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power’s bid for profit guarantees for coal-fired power-plants has been approved by state utility regulators, although in a slimmed-down fashion. But the decision in that case, issued Thursday, more significantly gives AEP the right to own up to half of 900 megawatts of potentially-lucrative, new renewable-energy […]

AEP plans to spend $1 billion on renewables
AEP / Energy

AEP plans to spend $1 billion on renewables

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. plans to spend $1 billion on the renewable energy business, in part with funds from the sale of some Ohio power plants. The Columbus-based electric utility is dipping its toe in the sector, as it expects a capital outlay of $17.3 billion from […]

AEP takes $2.3B write-down of coal plants to avoid Ohio’s ‘deregulation debacle’
AEP / Coal

AEP takes $2.3B write-down of coal plants to avoid Ohio’s ‘deregulation debacle’

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. CEO Nick Akins often peppers his public comments with references to music or movies. It’s a way to translate complicated public policy and energy issues through the lens of popular culture. On Tuesday, his quote previewed the theme of comments by executives of […]

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Coal / Coal Ash

Looking to ‘get ahead’ of coal ash issues, utilities support bill for stronger state oversight

Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal […]

Coal will not recover
Coal / Energy

Coal will not recover

Falling prices for other fuels, not regulation, is what’s killing coal PITTSBURGH, PA —”Coal production in the United States has declined enormously in recent years due to the simple reason that the coal-fired power industry is producing less of the country’s electricity than ever. As recently as 10 years ago, […]

Tale of two coal plants: Four decades of coal generation on the Kanawha
AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Four decades of coal generation on the Kanawha

WINFIELD, WV — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the 2,900-MW John E. Amos […]

Tale of two coal plants: Turk tackles emissions with cutting edge controls
AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Turk tackles emissions with cutting edge controls

FULTON, AR — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the massive 2,900-MW John E. […]