Dynegy CEO Robert Flexon is at the company's commercial desk. (Photo/James Nielsen)

Dynegy sees profits grow after power plant buying spree

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Dynegy reported a $388 million net gain, or $2.73 per common diluted share, compared to a loss of $123 million, or $1.23 per share, for the second quarter last year.
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16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

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The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
NRG Energy Inc. Vice President Nuclear Oversight, James von Suskil speaks during a scheduled refueling outage on Unit 2 at the South Texas Project nuclear power facility Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Wadsworth.
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NRG stock drops sharply after earnings loss

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NRG’s stock briefly dipped below $20 a share Tuesday for the first time since 2012 but jumped back up in the afternoon.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama touts Clean Power Plan; opponents ready their lawsuits

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President Barack Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “the single most important step” America has ever taken to fight climate change.
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Coal giant files for bankruptcy

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Alpha’s bankruptcy comes the same day as President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue measures that force states and utilities to use less coal and more wind, solar and gas power.
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Coal power is here to stay — for now

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While coal is expected to lose market share, federal projects show that coal-fired generation capacity is expected to remain largely unchanged through 2024.

Commentary: Key turning points in the energy complex

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(source: Wikipedia) To be honest, I had not heard of the phrase ‘Jumping The Shark‘ until recently (I’m not talking about surfer Mick Fanning either). It’s not like I didn’t watch ‘Happy Days’ when I was growing up, I just don’t remember that episode. For those unaware, ‘Jumping The Shark‘ is a term used to […]
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Calpine to acquire Champion Energy for $240 million

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Calpine, one of the nation’s top power generators, will acquire Houston-based Champion and its 180 employees, all of whom will make the switch. Champion has 2.5 million residential customers, many in Texas, and 18,000 commercial and industrial customers.
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New rule to protect streams near coal mines

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GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly assailed the proposed regulation as designed to help put coal companies out of business, and they promised to thwart it.
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NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29: Two white ducks walk along the Beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Power plant operators say they’ve cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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The “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report, which examined the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the so-called Clean Power Plan from the the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.