coal fired power plants


Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

April 1, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Transition

Beijing announced the closure of the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. Carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, this is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its emissions.[read more]

Clean Power Plan Will Save Thousands of Lives Every Year

October 7, 2014 by David Doniger

Clean Power Plan and Public Health

Researchers have published new estimates of how many lives can be saved each year by EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation’s 1500 fossil-fueled electric power plants. These first-time carbon limits can save the lives of 3,500 Americans each year in 2020 and thereafter.[read more]

EPA's State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

August 15, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

State Regulations

In June, the EPA announced standards to limit carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels.[read more]

EPA's CO2 Rule and the Back Door to Cap & Trade

July 1, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Although emissions trading has become more and more controversial in recent years, it proved its worth in holding down the cost of implementing previous environmental regulations, such as the effort to reduce sulfur pollution associated with acid rain.[read more]

Coal-Fired Power Plant Operators Consider Emissions Compliance Strategies

April 5, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Plant Compliance

Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the United States are currently developing strategies to comply with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The costs of the equipment needed to control acid and toxic metal emissions play a significant role in retrofitting and retirement decisions.[read more]

EPA Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants Published for Public Comment

January 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power plants are the nation’s biggest source of the carbon pollution that is dangerously changing our climate. We have standards for bad pollutants like mercury and those that cause soot and smog, but there are still no federal limits on the carbon pollution that power plants belch out each year.[read more]

New Pollution Limits Could Help Quench the Thirst of Coal-Fired Power Plants

October 11, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a proposed rule to amend its effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) and standards for coal-fired power plants. The proposed ELGs, once finalized, could for the first time set federal limits on levels of toxic metal discharges.[read more]

US Navy Opens First Solar EV Charging Station Opens, Closes Last Coal Power Plant

June 4, 2013 by Tina Casey

US Navy

The Navy got its first ever solar powered electric vehicle charging station last week, in yet another demonstration of a slow but steady transition out of petroleum dependency by the US military.[read more]

Mythbusting Some Mythbusting about Chinese Coal

June 3, 2013 by Robert Wilson

China coal power plant production

80 GW of coal decommissioned from 2001 to 2010 is impressive. But how long did it take China to build 80 GW of coal plants to replace those? Well, they basically did it in 2006 alone.[read more]

Wind Energy Growing Faster than Coal in China: False Math

May 20, 2013 by Robert Wilson

coal-fired plants

Now, the inexorable growth of coal in China in the last decade is often news even to people who make some kind of living writing about energy, but could it possibly be slowing down? And could wind be growing faster than coal?[read more]

Can Europe Join the Shale Gas Revolution? [VIDEO]

May 7, 2013 by David Thual

shale gas

Sonja van Renssen, leading environment journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides a story on the future of an EU Shale Gas Policy, with an overview of how the US is conducting its own shale gas policy.[read more]

The Keystone XL Distraction

April 15, 2013 by Alex Trembath

Keystone protest


As analysts committed to addressing climate change, we applaud the organizers’ show of strength against Keystone XL, but recommend they switch targets and address a carbon enemy more worthy of their army: U.S. coal.[read more]

Air Pollution in China: The Kids Aren't Alright

April 6, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

air pollution's victims?

Thanks to a new analysis by the Health Effects Institute, we understand that nearly 40 percent of the world’s premature deaths attributable to air pollution (1.2 million people) occurred in China.[read more]

New Data Reveals U.S. Coal Use Rising Again

April 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

W. Va coal plant

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals a troubling trend: Coal-fired power generation, and its associated greenhouse gas emissions, were on the rise as 2012 came to an end.[read more]