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Carbon pollution from US power plants hits 27-year low
The Associated Press via NBC News
The government says heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April. U.S. Energy Information Administration economist Allen McFarland said a big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. Outside experts also credit more renewable fuel use and energy efficiency.
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DOE funds research to use CO2, rather than steam, in coal plants
Utility Dive
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Thar Energy a $9 million grant for research into cost-effective methods for applying supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle methods in coal plants, Argus reports. The research is part of the department's National Energy Technology Laboratory program aimed at developing commercially viable techologies for coal plants to use CO2 to run their turbines, rather than water steam.
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How to cut coal power plants' emissions, costs
Environtmental Leader
New technologies can reduce coal's emissions and improve coal-fired power plants' efficiency, according to a report by the Coal Utilization Research Council and Electric Power Research Institute. The CURC-EPRI Advanced Coal Technology Roadmap focuses on the technologies needed to improve the environmental performance of coal use and provides a detailed pathway to deliver low-carbon coal technology options by 2025-2035.
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EPA says 3 times as much contaminated water spilled out of mine
The Associated Press via KRDO-TV
The Environmental Protection Agency said an estimated three million gallons of contaminated water from an old mine spilled into the Animas River. That is three times higher than initial estimates. This comes hours after La Plata County, Colorado, and the City of Durango declared a state of local emergency because of contamination to the river.
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Powder River Basin states face hardest route to CPP compliance
World Coal
Coal-reliant states in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains appear to have the most difficult road to compliance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan, according to SNL Energy analysis. The EPA set the state a final target of 1305 lb/MWh of CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to business-as-usual case of 2314 lb/MWh in 2030 — requiring a 44 percent cut in CO2 emissions.
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UK to build world's 1st power plant with negative emissions
New Scientist
It is the dream scenario for fighting climate change: a power station that delivers negative emissions. And it could be coming to the U.K., helped along by the growth of forests in the American South and some handy holes beneath the North Sea. The giant coal power station at Drax in Yorkshire, with its 12 cooling towers, is one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters. Its owners are now planning to replace coal with wood pellets and bury the emissions.
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How the dramatic growth of wind and solar led to EPA's tougher carbon rules
The Washington Post
The Obama administration's new Clean Power Plan, released Aug. 3, is being heralded as a "game-changer." In fact, a better description is that it's trying to cement changes already occurring in how we get electricity, and in particular, the stunning recent boom in solar energy — as well as in wind.
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    Obama unveils new power plant rules in 'Clean Power Plan' (NPR)
EPA: States have until 2022 to comply with pollution regulations (The Green Optimistic)
US nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule (Reuters)
Germany breaks renewable energy record (EcoWatch)
WRI study outlines solutions for states in monitoring methane emissions (Rigzone)

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New York could beat US carbon-cutting deadline by a decade
Press & Sun-Bulletin
New York won't have much extra work to do to meet President Barack Obama's mandated cut in carbon emissions from power plants. The state is on track to meet the mandate — which calls for a 32 percent nationwide cut — more than a decade before the federal Clean Power Plan's 2030 deadline, boosted in large part by its own, more aggressive goals laid out in an update to the New York State Energy Plan earlier this year.
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Report: Australia's power sector emissions jump most in decade as black coal use surges
The Sydney Morning Herald
Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tons in the past two months, the quickest pace in more than a decade, according to analysis by energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry. The emissions surge analysis comes with the Abbott government due to announce its post-2020 carbon-cutting goals. It also comes as United States President Barack Obama unveiled new emissions reduction efforts largely aimed at the power sector.
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Satellites and drones to monitor pollution in smoggy China
Hindustan Times
Satellites, drones and remote sensors will soon be deployed across China to detect pollution levels over land, sea and air, state media reported, indicating that the normal methods to identify pollution levels hasn't really shown expected results. Or, that the levels have exceeded expected limits.
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