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NIPSCO may close most remaining coal-fired generation by '23

Sep. 19, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. says it's considering retiring four of its five remaining coal-fired electricity generating units within five years and the other within a decade. The utility told a meeting of customers, consumer representatives, environmental organizations and...

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

Sep. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey went offline at noon Monday, powering down...

School budgets hollowed out by dwindling coal reserves

Sep. 15, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

CARMICHAELS, Pa. (AP) — The fire hall whistle blew in town a few miles away, marking the big moment of the night: the crowning of the 2018 Bituminous Coal Queen at Carmichaels High School. Craig Baily, retired school superintendent and master of pageant ceremonies, wore a black tuxedo and tails. Teenage...

Correction: Carbon Fee-Washington story

Sep. 12, 2018 2:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Sept. 11 about a proposed fee on carbon pollution, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Shell pledged money to the initiative. Shell pledged money to oppose the initiative. A corrected version of the story is below: Take 2 for Washington state: Carbon fee on fall ballot...

Appeals court: Dominion did not violate Clean Water Act

Sep. 12, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy's discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site through groundwater into surrounding waters does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a lower...

Navajo activists protest company eyeing coal-fired plant

Sep. 11, 2018 1:57 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — About a dozen Navajos traveled to New York City to protest a company eyeing a coal-fired power plant on their reservation. The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close next year unless a new buyer is found. The current owners say energy produced by natural gas is cheaper....

Wyoming city to keep money in bank despite fuels controversy

Sep. 9, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The city of Rawlins has decided to keep municipal funds at Bank of the West after the bank announced it would no longer do business with companies that it perceives as detrimental to the environment. The Rawlins Times reports the city council voted 5-1 last week to keep an estimated $9...

Judge blocks release of Oregon utility's coal information

Sep. 7, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge has agreed with an electric utility and permanently blocked the public release of some economic information about its coal-burning units. The Sierra Club wanted the redacted information to be made public, saying people should have data about the financial risks of...

Duke Energy files plans to close 7 coal plants over 30 years

Sep. 7, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has filed plans with state regulators to close its seven North Carolina coal plants during the next 30 years. The Charlotte Observer reports the utility's plans filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission include closing the Allen Steam Station just outside of Charlotte in...

Utility asks judge to block release of coal plant facts

Sep. 6, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An electric utility is asking a Washington state judge to permanently block the public release of some economic information it provided to state regulators about its coal-burning units. The Sierra Club says the public should have clear information about the financial risks of operating...