Category Archives: Coal

Santee Cooper to Close Two More Coal Facilities

South Carolinians can look forward to a healthier future as Santee Cooper announced intentions to close two of its oldest coal-fired power plants. Generating electricity from coal presents a host of environmental challenges including the release of toxins like mercury, … Continue reading

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California to Charge for Carbon Emissions

California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Opponents and supporters alike say that the state’s emissions reduction program is ambitious and risky, but this isn’t the … Continue reading

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and … Continue reading

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Risk & Choice: Are We Capable of Addressing Certain Threats?

The SC Sea Grant Consortium’s summer newsletter includes an insightful article on the science of risk and choice. While the piece doesn’t address the energy sector, many of the author’s conclusions apply to our decision-making about fossil fuel consumption and climate change. Read More

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Europe’s Demand for Wood Pellets to Impact Southeast

The UK’s biggest coal-fired power plant will spend $1 billion to convert half of its units to burn wood pellets. Once completed, it would require harvesting a forest the size of Rhode Island each year. The company says the majority of pellets would come from … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Coal Ash

SCE&G is becoming a model for the region with its plans for dealing with coal ash. Read More

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Coal Ash Controversy

As other South Carolina utilities formulate plans for the future storage of coal ash, a recent court ruling against TVA demonstrates the liability coal ash ponds represent. Read More

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Clean Energy in SC

The Columbia Regional Business Report takes a closer look at the future of coal-fired power plants and highlights the lack of a clean energy policy in South Carolina.                    Read More

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Coal Plants to Close

Progress Energy Carolinas has announced plans for accelerating closure of two unscrubbed coal plants in North and South Carolina. Read More

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Coal Generators Across the Country to Retire

Across the nation, coal plant owners and operators are preparing to retire 175 coal-fired generators representing 27,000 megawatts of capacity by 2016. Read More

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