AES Corporation CEO Andres Gluski (center) speaks about North American power during a panel discussion with American Electric Power CEO Nick Akins (left) and Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good (right). (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

International investment tough even as Asian growth surges

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Electricity demand is surging in India, Vietnam, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing economies where growing populations are starving for power generation, but U.S. public utilities still remember the hard lesson of the 1990s: The need for energy isn’t enough to an make international investment viable, energy executives said Thursday.
A fishing boat rests on a sandy beach of uninhabited Little Goat Island, Jamaica. A skirmish has been brewing between the Jamaican government and the conservation lobby over a transshipment port to be developed by state-run China Harbor Engineering Co. that is planned for the uninhabited Goat Islands in a swath of the island's biggest protected area. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

China would use coal plant to power Jamaica port

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A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.
Shell and SSE are looking to develop the world's first full-scale gas carbon capture and storage project – the Peterhead Project.

Shell reaches landmark with world’s first industrial carbon capture project

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The British government, already a strong advocate of clean energy, showed that it is planning to put its money where its carbon is, signing an agreement on Monday to move ahead on the world’s first industrial-sized carbon capture project.
Coal ash is scooped up on a canoe paddle from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Federal authorities investigate coal ash spill

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A Duke spokesman confirmed the nation’s largest electricity provider received a subpoena.

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CPS Energy's coal plant Deely. (Lisa Krantz / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

Coal burns brighter as utilities switch from natural gas

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Natural gas prices at a four-year high have utilities shifting to coal to generate 4.519 million megawatt-hours a day, the most since 2011, government data show.
NRG Energy has a carbon capture project at its W.A. Parish Power Plant in Fort Bend County. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain)

Carbon capture could raise wholesale energy price 80 percent

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Requiring the use of carbon capture and sequestration technologies at coal-fired power plants could increase the wholesale price of electricity between 70 percent and 80 percent, an Energy Department official said.
Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits unfurl a banner, protesting against Essar Group's coal mining plans in Mahan, at the Essar's headquarters in Mumbai. (Abhishek Shanker/ Bloomberg)

Indian billionaires ambushed as Greenpeace protests coal project

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Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits climbed atop the Mumbai headquarters of Essar Group and unfurled a banner protesting a coal-mining project proposed by billionaire brothers Shashikant and Ravikant Ruia.

Some Key Takeaways from BP’s Latest Outlook to 2035

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Here are the key observations and takeaways from BP’s recently released 20-year forecast on global energy.
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FutureGen coal project gets key US Energy Department approval

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The U.S. Department of Energy has given the long-running FutureGen clean-coal project one of the final OKs it needs to start building.

Ten Reasons Why Coal Is Here to Stay

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Despite the anthracitical fuel being the red-headed stepchild of the energy complex, talk of coal’s demise would appear misplaced. Coal has historically been, and is currently, the leading fuel in the US power generation mix.
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