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Monthly Issue | June 1, 2011

Stop the "Anti-Transmission" Bill

When it comes to energy, the new Congress has a whole host of challenges and opportunities. But there is at least one complex challenge that has a straightforward solution. If…


In Cap and Trade Fight, Environmentalists Had Spending Edge over Opponents

"There is a tendency among environmentalists and scientists to blame political inaction on the spending advantage enjoyed by conservatives and on false balance in media coverage," says American University Professor…


Proposed Clean Energy Agency Has Cost Issue

Even as Senate energy leaders gear up to re-introduce widely supported legislation to create the Clean Energy Deployment Administration, they have acknowledged that the bill faces a heightened problem this…


Southern CEO Sees Federal "War on Coal"; Questions Dash to Gas

In a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Southern Co. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Fanning, who took the helm at Atlanta-based Southern December 1 upon the…


ERCOT Predicts No Coal Retirements from EPA Rules

In surprising findings, given the state's often-contentious relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a study released May 11 by the Texas grid operator concludes that a suite of looming…


Applying CFD to Optimize Furnaces Cofiring Biomass, and the Impact of Cofiring on SCR

The co-combustion of biomass and coal in utility boilers has been proven an effective and cost-efficient method for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Those benefits come with serious technical difficulties…


Re-Industrializing America with Clean Coal Technologies

"For decades, the coal industry has supported quality high-paying jobs for American workers, and coal has provided an important domestic source of reliable, affordable energy. . . . Charting a…


Biomass Boiler Market Remains Unpredictable

Two years ago, FirstEnergy Corp. announced plans to renovate Units 4 and 5 of its R.E. Burger plant to burn biomass fuels. FirstEnergy was working under a deadline—March 31, 2009—to…


Your Guide to Retirement

"We're going to see massive retirements within the next five, eight years," U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at a renewable energy conference on February 9 in Washington. "Much of…


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