November 30, 2018

Almost Half Coal Power Plants Unprofitable to Operate

The surge in coal prices in the past three years and muted power prices are cutting into the profitability of power stations that burn the fuel, according to Carbon Tracker. About 42 percent of the world's coal generation capacity is losing money, it says.

Coal Plant Capacity Decreasing Under Trump

The nation's coal power capacity has decreased during President Trump's time in office, and his second year brought an even bigger decrease than the first. Higher costs, aging plants, future regulatory uncertainty and public sentiment around the fuel were all cited by utilities as reasons for closures.

New Hampshire Utility’s Home Battery Plan Moves Forward

New Hampshire is one step closer to a home energy-storage pilot project that would offer subsidized home batteries in exchange for letting Liberty Utilities use those batteries to counter peaks in electricity demand. The results could help gauge the effectiveness of home energy storage in reducing power grid costs.

November 29, 2018

World Faces Difficult Task at Poland Climate Talks

Three years after the global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering to agree on the fine print. Top of the agenda will be finalizing the so-called Paris rulebook, which determines how countries have to count their greenhouse gas emissions, transparently report them to the rest of the world and reveal what they are doing to reduce them.

EU Aims to Be 'Climate Neutral' by 2050

European Union leadership says its members could reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, but it would take significant commitment from member states. Germany is worried that further cuts would threaten its industries, and others such as Poland are still reliant on coal and would object to more stringent fossil fuel restrictions.

November 28, 2018

Two U.S. Pipelines Rack Up Violations, Threaten Industry Growth

As Energy Transfer LP and its Sunoco pipeline subsidiary raced to build two natural gas pipelines, they racked up more than 800 state and federal permit violations on the projects, Reuters found. In its wake are community leaders and regulators who are now wary about future pipeline construction.

November 27, 2018

Watchdog Clears Zinke in Utah Monument Probe

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been cleared by his agency's inspector general in one of the ethics investigations against him. This one centered on allegations that Zinke redrew the boundaries of a national monument to benefit a political ally.

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