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EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Texas Power Plant;$607 million in economic development and new jobs

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Aug. 1, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to the Tenaska Roan’s Prairie power plant in Grimes County, Texas. The company plans to construct three gas-fired turbines for power generation. “As the Texas population and economy ...

Mainstream to test large scale battery storage at Irish wind farm

by Mainstream Renewable Power  (Aug. 1, 2014)

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power, with assistance from Enterprise Ireland, will conduct a study to assess the commercial viability of attaching a large-scale storage device (such as a battery) to an operating wind farm in Ireland. If successful, the system could provide the solution to the single biggest challenge faced by ...

DOE Announces Webinars on Geothermal FORGE Initiative, National Energy Literacy Virtual Town Hall, and More

by US Department of Energy  (Jul. 31, 2014)

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and ...

Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

by Associated Press  (Jul. 31, 2014)

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory," or large-scale plant, will be built. Tesla ...

New incineration-waste clean-up method brings resource and carbon benefits

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 30, 2014)

Ash from waste incineration can be made safer simply by mixing it with rice husks, water and other forms of waste ash at temperatures under 100 °C, according to new research. Once dried, the end product not only locks away toxic metals lead and zinc, but also stores carbon. Furthermore, it can be used in the polymer industry to lower costs, ...

Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

by Associated Press  (Jul. 29, 2014)

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent ...

Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record

by Worldwatch Institute  (Jul. 29, 2014)

The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow. With over 39 gigawatts installed worldwide, the PV solar market ...

Tamar Energy’s Basingstoke Biogas CHP Plant

by Clarke Energy  (Jul. 28, 2014)

Tamar Energy’s Basingstoke anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is located in Hampshire. It was commissioned in 2013. The AD plant converts food waste into biogas. This renewable fuel generated is used on-site (power and heat) and the electricity is exported to the national grid, reducing carbon emissions while improving the environment. The ...

McCarthy Defends Proposed Carbon Rule For Power Plants in Advance of Hearings

by Bloomberg BNA  (Jul. 28, 2014)

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy preemptively countered claims that proposed carbon dioxide standards for power plants would harm the economy as the agency prepares for a series of public hearings on the proposal. McCarthy told reporters July 28 that the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, which would set carbon emissions ...

Rule Aims to Help Clear Air Around Grand Canyon

by Associated Press  (Jul. 28, 2014)

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating ...

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