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EIA: Clean Power Plan could return CO2 emissions to 1980 levels

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The Clean Power Plan is intended to reduce emissions from power plants and its rules give states the option of pursuing several strategies to do so, according to the EIA.
FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

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As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes

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Prosecutors say the criminal negligence of the nation’s largest electricity company resulted in unlawful pollution at its coal-fired power plants.
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Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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Patriot said it will continue shipping and mining operations and it has received a commitment for $100 million in debt financing from secured debt holders that it did not identify. It did not specify potential buyers for the company.
William Driscoll, 5, of Charlotte, N.C., holds signs as he stands with protestors, including his mother, outside the Duke Energy headquarters before the company's shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 2015. Duke Energy is holding its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, where the company's chief executive officer, Lynn Good, is expected to give an overview of Duke's 2014 performance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke CEO faces contentious shareholders’ meeting

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Demonstrators say the $50 billion company is blocking people from putting solar panels on their roofs.
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Church of England dumps coal as fossil-fuel divestment gains

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The Church of England will dump its holdings in coal and oil-sand producers and has ruled out backing companies with exposure to the most polluting fossil fuels, joining the movement that wants investors to help fight climate change.
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Gina McCarthy Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency speaks during the keynote luncheon during IHS Energy CERAWeek Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

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McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.
Gregory Boyce, chief executive officer of Peabody Energy Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News file photo)

CERAWeek: Clean power plant rule offers significant pain with ‘negligible environmental benefit,’ coal producer says

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Coal-fired power plants wouldn’t be the only beneficiary of carbon capture and storage technology, Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce said, stressing that in a carbon-constrained world, natural gas plants will need the tech too.
A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

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More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
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Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

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A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.