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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

Planned Coal-Fired Power Plant Retirements Continue to Increase

March 23, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Plant Retirements

The need to comply with the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulations together with weak electricity demand growth and continued competition from generators fueled by natural gas have recently led several power producers to announce plans to retire coal-fired facilities.[read more]

UBS Analysis: Efficiency and Solar Create 'Difficult Road' for Global Utility Sector in 2014

December 24, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Global Utility Sector

In a recent research paper, UBS equities analysts outlined a combination of challenges for utilities: rising interest rates that will likely push investors toward higher-risk stocks and away from utility stocks, as well as the slowing demand for power worldwide.[read more]

What Does an All-of-the-Above National Energy Policy Mean?

November 24, 2013 by Herman Trabish

National Energy Policy

Based on statements from President Obama, 'all of the above' is the US energy policy -- but that means many different things to different people. The abundance of natural gas in Texas and across the U.S. has renewables developers thinking about where they fit into the energy mix.[read more]

Falling Like Dominoes: Support For Coal From the UK Comes To An End

November 23, 2013 by Justin Guay

First it was President Obama at Georgetown University in June, telling us that it was time to act on climate. As one of the pillars of the climate action plan, President Obama pledged to end public financing for coal projects overseas, except in very specific situations.[read more]

Coal Workers Deserve Green Jobs and a Clean Energy Future

November 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Several weeks ago, I attended a House hearing on “EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities.” There were a number of witnesses from coal industries, and the audience was populated mostly by coal workers wearing “End the War on Coal” t-shirts.[read more]