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1 coal-fired plant holds many cards for TVA's plans

A Tennessee Valley Authority-owned coal plant in Kentucky is in the spotlight as the deadline approaches for whether the utility will close two of the nine units.

The utility's decision could have a broader impact on how it handles the remaining coal units at the Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.

TVA is in the middle of creating a new, long-term energy plan that will include reducing the amount of electricity it gets from coal. It also is grappling with how to help each of the seven states it serves meet new carbon-reduction targets under U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.

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Whitehouse sees silent GOP support for action on warming

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said today that a dozen Senate Republicans privately support action on climate change but are afraid to discuss it openly for fear of political reprisals.

Speaking at a forum sponsored by New York University Law School's Institute for Policy Integrity, Whitehouse blamed the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for silencing Republicans who back climate action.

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EPA asks for comment on new Clean Power Plan options

U.S. EPA air chief Janet McCabe today asked for public comments on alternative approaches to key parts of the Clean Power Plan, including its near-term targets and the way it treats renewable energy and natural gas.

McCabe told reporters that the notice of data availability (NODA) was mostly "routine" and did not mean EPA was either strengthening or loosening its June 2 proposal for existing power plants.

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After years of political wrangling and Congressional impasse, U.S. EPA and President Obama make their boldest move yet to combat climate change. E&E tracks the lead-up, rollout and fallout from this historic proposed rule.

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