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Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Third-biggest US coal company files for bankruptcy

May. 10, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The nation's third-largest coal company by production volume filed for bankruptcy Friday as utility companies increasingly turn to gas-fired generation and renewable energy for electricity. Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court...

Officials: Coal to keep sliding as renewables, gas fill gap

May. 9, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry. Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to fill much...

Three Mile Island plant, site of nuclear accident, to close

May. 8, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the...

UN chief says 'total disaster' if warming not stopped

May. 8, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said the world must dramatically change the way it fuels factories, vehicles and homes to limit future warming to a level scientists call nearly impossible. That's because the alternative "would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole world,"...

Siemens to cut 10,000 jobs in major overhaul

May. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German industrial equipment maker Siemens says it will cut some 10,000 jobs in a major restructuring that will involve spinning off its oil, gas and power generation business and creating new areas of growth. News of the moves to increase profitability and address the struggling...

Poof, they're gone: Power plant towers demolished in seconds

Apr. 27, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — It took just a matter of seconds for two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant to be reduced to rubble Saturday. The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8 a.m. at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Video showed the giant towers...

Germany's RWE says it won't invest in new coal power plants

Apr. 26, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German energy company RWE says it won't invest in new coal-fired power stations and is scrapping plans for a lignite-fired plant in western Germany. RWE, which operates several of Europe's most-polluting power plants, said in a statement Friday that it will now focus on generating electricity...

The Latest: Hammond says Britain a good Belt & Road partner

Apr. 26, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China's Belt and Road infrastructure building conference. (all times local): 8:00 p.m. British treasury chief Philip Hammond says Britain's finance industry would be a "natural partner" for future projects under China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. On the sidelines...

Utility eyes early retirement for Wyoming coal-fired units

Apr. 25, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One Wyoming coal-fired power plant and part of another could face early retirement as part of ongoing efforts to keep down costs for electricity customers, PacifiCorp said Thursday. The announcement by the Portland, Oregon-based electric utility came as it studies the potential...