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Puneet Kollipara

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Electricity officials say US should use tools to prevent reliability issues

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Electricity industry officials on Wednesday raised concerns that upcoming environmental regulations will force plant shutdowns that could threaten grid reliability, but they stressed the government has tools to stave off such problems.
Luminant's Big Brown coal power plant (AP photo)

Luminant asks EPA to ease new regulation further

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Dallas-based Luminant Generation Co. asked the Environmental Protection Agency to further ease an upcoming power-plant emissions rule to allow companies to better adhere to stricter standards.
A Texas power plant operates natural gas and coal-fired units. (AP Photo)

Democratic aides cite report in saying EPA air rules won’t threaten electric reliability

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The EPA has strongly rejected concerns the rules would cause electric reliability problems. EPA officials have cited 40 years of Clean Air Act rules that haven’t caused a single incident.
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Report raises concerns about future electric reliability in Texas

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Growth in electricity demand will outstrip capacity additions in the Texas electricity system in the coming decade, reducing excess capacity and raising the risk of reliability problems as soon as 2013, a new analysis suggests.
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Group say spending cuts from deficit talks’ failure will imperil environmental programs, regulations

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An advocacy group says automatic spending cuts resulting from failed deficit-reduction talks would probably further starve U.S. agencies of the funding they rely on to administer environmental programs.
The Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Co.'s expanded pipeline will carry oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (Photo: LyondellBasell)

EPA says it will delay greenhouse-gas standards for oil refineries

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it will delay its first-ever standards for greenhouse-gas emissions from oil refineries.
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Democrats, environmentalists seize on U.N. report showing extreme weather from climate change

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Environmentalists and Democrats on Friday pressed for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, seizing on the United Nations’ finding that climate change probably will increase certain extreme weather events.
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EPA power plant rules will boost supply chains and create jobs, group says

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Two future emissions rules for power plants would encourage electric utilities to spend cash they’ve held onto during the sluggish economic recovery, creating jobs and increasing business for the power sector’s supply-chain companies, a group said in a report. The group also has challenged claims by Texans and others that the two EPA rules would cost jobs.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo)

Joe Barton: Chu could be Solyndra “fall guy”

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Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton raised concerns that the Obama administration could try to make Energy Secretary Steven Chu the “fall guy” in a flap over a government loan guarantee to a now-bankrupt solar panel company.
(Image: EPA) Improvements in fuel efficiency will drive down energy demand among passenger vehicles in the coming decades.

Obama administration formally proposes doubling fuel economy

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The Obama administration on Wednesday formally proposed a rule that would double the average fleetwide fuel economy for passenger vehicles by 2025 and would deliver benefits that officials said would far exceed the costs.