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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.
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.
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Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest U.S. electricity source

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Power companies have been installing more natural gas turbines at plants, with new regulations that restrict the emission of greenhouse gasses has added new pressure to make the switch.
FILE - This Sept. 30, 2014 file photo shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station operated by Talen Energy in southeastern Montana. Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

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The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury and other hazardous air pollutants — a different set of regulations from the greenhouse gas limits that Obama is counting on to slow the effects of global warming.
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U.S. railroads slumping on Wall Street amid coal, crude oil cargo squeeze

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The dwindling volumes for coal, oil and grain are magnified in contrast with last year’s surges. Petroleum carloads, chiefly crude, are down 0.6 after 2014’s 13 percent increase.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

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“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”
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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.
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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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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.