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NRG affiliate buys country’s largest wind farm

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A company affiliated with NRG Energy Inc. will spend $870 million to buy the country’s largest wind farm, it announced Wednesday.

Let the complaints begin…

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A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]
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Report: New efficiencies could ease strain on power markets

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New measures to reduce electricity use could curb growth in Texas’ peak power demand by 40 to 50 percent over the next two decades, eliminating the need to build that capacity and lowering prices for ratepayers, a new report shows.
In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, smoke is emitted from chimneys of a cement plant in Binzhou city, in eastern China's Shandong province. (AP Photo/File)

Obama plan might help boost climate talks

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President Barack Obama’s proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

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Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]
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EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

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The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.
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Wholesale power cap goes up in Texas

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The maximum price generators can charge for wholesale electricity in Texas’ competitive electricity market has increased to $7,000 per megawatt-hour.
President Barack Obama . (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils

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As with other issues, the regulation to limit the pollution blamed for global warming from power plants is a compromise for President Obama, who again finds himself caught between his aspirations and what is politically and legally possible.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

Top coal-power operator expects plant closures on Obama plan

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American Electric Power Co. expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut.
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Shell may boost internal carbon price as emission rules tighten

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc may boost the internal carbon emissions price it uses for planning new projects if governments tighten climate rules, according to an executive in its emissions unit.