Trump nods again to coal by softening mercury rule
Trump administration proclamations celebrating the repeal of pollution regulations have become a common occurrence in Washington. The list includes a rule to prohibit coal companies from polluting streams, a cap on power plant carbon emissions and lifting a moratorium on new federal coal leases. Now, a 2012 rule on power plant mercury emissions is on the chopping block.
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Will methane reductions continue under Trump?
Methane emissions fell in the Obama years, but whether the decline will continue under President Trump is a matter of fierce debate.
Gov. Fallin signs bill to end wind tax credit
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill yesterday ending a tax credit for wind producers in the Sooner State.
Microsoft strikes deal to buy more renewables
Microsoft Corp. has struck a deal with Washington state's largest utility to boost the technology giant's supply of renewable energy. Under the terms of a preliminary settlement with Puget Sound Energy (PSE), renewables will account for at least 25 percent of Microsoft's power purchases through 2020 and 40 percent of its electricity consumption beyond 2021.
Coal, once king in Texas, sees wind as 'real competition'
During a visit yesterday to the Harvey mine in Sycamore, Pa., U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared that "the war on coal is done." But if the regulatory battle is over, the fight in coal's largest domestic market has just begun.