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State leaders received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, released June 2, with mixed reactions. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback considers the new regulations on existing coal-fired power plants to be “more of the Obama administration’s war against middle America.” Kansas, like many...

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A proposal to store nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron is drawing increased scrutiny and opposition, with Michigan lawmakers again weighing in with a new round of legislation and resolutions.
If its project is approved by Canadian regulators, Ontario Power Generation would build a 2,230-foot-deep geologic repository that would hold low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.
As states continue to diversify their energy portfolios, renewable energy sources—like solar technology—will play an increasing role.
A recent report by the U.S. Energy Information...
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fter the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rules on reducing carbon emissions in mid-2015, states will have a year to develop a plan for reduction.

The goal is to reduce the “pollution to power ratio of covered fossil fuel-fired power plants in a given state,” Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a blog post explaining the rules.

Environmental purists have long questioned the legitimacy of electric-powered vehicles as an alternative to the internal combustion engine because their batteries are often charged with a coal-powered source. Even though a battery-powered engine is more than three times as efficient as an internal combustion engine, the fact that coal is often one of the main sources of power charging the batteries of electric-powered vehicles remains a major point of contention for critics...

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During the last year, residents of neighborhoods in Chicago and Detroit have had to deal with growing piles of petroleum coke, or petcoke. These piles were often left uncovered, allowing winds to disperse black dust into surrounding communities and nearby waterways.
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Key parts of a 7-year-old Minnesota law designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions have been ruled an unconstitutional violation of the U.S. Commerce Clause. The decision was handed down by a federal judge in April. North Dakota brought the lawsuit against neighboring Minnesota and its Next Generation Energy Act.

April is Safe Digging Month, the time of year when key stakeholders in the energy community come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners alike call 811 and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient utility outages.

The American Gas Association, a CSG Associate member, has...

The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a report last week detailing the 13,500 megawatts (MW) of electric utility capacity added in 2013.  According to the report, the total capacity added is down roughly 50% from 2012.  Natural gas and solar were the top industries generating additional capacity at just over 50% and 22% respectively. 

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Minnesota’s legislative year began by tackling a problem few could have predicted only months earlier — a spike in the cost of propane and its impact on people (mostly in rural areas) who use it to heat their homes. Across the Midwest, the propane shortage has led to a spate of state legislation, gubernatorial-declared energy emergencies and executive orders.

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