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Undercurrents: Perry “Bullish” on LNG Exports

18 Jul

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters in Washington July 18 that he envisions the U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, becoming a dominant force in international energy markets. Perry voiced support for a continuing Department of Energy and government role in funding research and development of a wide range of technologies—from clean coal and nuclear […]

JUICE: China & CA Build the World We Want

3 Jul

Early in this decade, China was busy pursuing a plan to maximize its coal resources by building giant “coal bases” in its inland areas where the mineral is mined. I detailed the plan in a series of articles for Inside Climate News in 2014. China aimed to use its vast coal deposits, widely viewed as […]

“Baseload Power” Concept Called Antiquated

26 Jun

In advance of a Department of Energy report expected to highlight an ongoing need for baseload power from nuclear and coal plants, an environmental group June 26 released a study claiming the very notion of baseload power has become “outdated. “The reality is that baseload power is not a technical term and is not needed […]

Undercurrents: So Cal Mayors Strive to Advance Port Clean Up

13 Jun

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced their commitment to reducing air pollution from their major ports June 12. “Our ports are the engines that power our economy — they must also be the forces that drive our region toward a greener, more sustainable future,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Los […]

Climate Roundup: Yanking of Methane Rule Challenged

6 Jun

A coalition of environmental groups brought a lawsuit June 5 to stop the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from halting new curbs on methane leaks from the oil and gas sector. Methane is many times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. The petition, filed in the Court of Appeals […]

Undercurrents: Nuclear Waste Gains Focus

1 Jun

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reactivated the Yucca Mountain radioactive dump licensing process May 31, angering many. “Restarting the licensing process for Yucca Mountain would reach new heights of scientific irresponsibility,” said U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). He pointed to the two fault lines at the Nevada site, noting hundreds of nearby earthquakes over the last […]

Utah Coal Plant to Close in 2025

30 May

The Intermountain Power Agency is closing down its 1,800 MW coal-fired power plant in Utah, which has supplied Southern California municipal utilities, including the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, with baseload power since 1986. The plant, known as the Intermountain Power Project, will close in 2025 and be replaced by a 1,200 MW […]

Shorts

30 May

Gov. Jerry Brown announced formation of the U.S. Climate Alliance after President Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Brown also noted he will propose linking California’s carbon market with China’s during his upcoming trip to China. Joining the state climate accord are New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Washington […]

The Buzz

25 May

Pacific Gas & Electric fails to garner an extra $1.5 billion for decommissioning its Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor, as the CPUC stands by an administrative law judge’s decision. FERC moves a bit closer to a quorum as a Senate panel holds a hearing on President Trump’s nominees. In a report that’s, well, quite predictable, CARB […]

Shorts

10 May

California will have plenty of power this summer, the grid operator concluded in a report May 11, although the ongoing closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Southern California remains a concern. The California Independent System Operator said that its system should have a 19.5 percent operating reserve margin under normal conditions. […]

Generator Earnings Mixed in First Quarter

9 May

Generators latest earnings report were not as grim as reported in previous quarters but also nothing to write home about. AES: This Virginia-based company continues to suffer losses. The first quarter of 2017 it reported a loss of $24 million, or minus 4 cents per share. That compares with net earnings of $126 million reported […]

Guest Juice: DOE Grid “Study”: Politics Trump Facts

1 May

By John Moore Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has directed his agency to conduct a hurried review of how environmental protection standards and clean energy incentives are apparently threatening to bring our power grid to its knees. That action shows either a lack of understanding as to how grid operators (including the one back in […]

Climate Roundup: U.S. Energy-Related Emissions Fall as Coal Declines

11 Apr

Last year, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from energy use were 1.7 percent below 2015 levels.  Carbon dioxide emissions in 2016 were pegged at 5.17 million metric tons, the Energy Information Administration reported April 10. The decline was even greater in the electric power sector, which saw greenhouse gas emissions fall 4.9 percent. Last year’s decrease […]

Shorts

4 Apr

U.C. Irvine could dramatically increase use of renewable energy with power to gas technology using excess solar energy to make hydrogen from water in an electrolyzer. “With power-to-gas technology, you don’t need to stop renewable power generation when demand is low,” said Jack Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering and civil & environmental […]

Undercurrents: LADWP Refunds Expected this Summer

28 Mar

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power this week plans to begin notifying its 2.4 million customers of how the muni plans to resolve overbilling errors that occurred after a flawed billing system was rolled out in 2013. The notice will provide the details of a planned court settlement expected to be approved by […]

Bill Seeks to Improve Carbon Accounting for Unspecified Power

15 Mar

Legislation requiring the California Air Resources Board to better estimate the greenhouse gas emissions from coal-powered electricity sent into California as unspecified resources passed its first committee hearing. The Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee March 15 passed on an 8-5 vote AB 79 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County). The bill seeks to establish improved […]

Undercurrents: Lawsuit Against Oakland Coal Terminal Ban Is Challenged

22 Feb

A group of environmental organizations seek to dismiss the lawsuit against the City of Oakland for banning the development of a marine coal export terminal. “After their review, the testimony of many experts, and powerful pressure from a local community deeply concerned about air quality, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to use their legal […]

Navajo Coal Plant Closure Slated for 2019

14 Feb

The majority owners of the Navajo Generating Station, including potential western grid partners with California, voted unanimously Feb. 13 to shut the polluting coal power plant in three years, when its lease expires. Earlier this year, the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power, which represent 75 percent of […]

JUICE: Facing Facts

19 Jan

About 70 years after the publication of How Green Was My Valley, the tale of a dying Welsh coal mining town, I spent a day in a large subterranean mine outside of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. (more…)

Navajo Coal Plant May Shutdown Soon

11 Jan

The 2,250 MW coal-fired Navajo power station in Arizona is being hammered by low natural gas prices and possible loss of another partner, increasing the odds its could be shuttered by the time its lease expires on Dec. 23, 2019. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discontinued its ownership interest in the polluting […]