CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A divided Wyoming citizen panel on Monday granted a seventh permit extension in 16 years for a power plant in the Powder River Basin that was first proposed in 1996 and has yet to be built.
Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power moved closer to its goal to reduce coal power by 2025, dropping a stake in an coal-fired Arizona plant and converting a second plant to natural gas, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Bureau of Land Management oversees geothermal energy development on public lands with a patchwork of regulations and no standardized inspection and enforcement program, the Interior Department's internal watchdog said Monday.
The report by department Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall comes as the geothermal sector is moving toward "hydraulic shearing" water injection systems that could extend development beyond current areas in western states.
Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning expressed optimism Monday the utility giant will reach "constructive solutions" with the Environmental Protection Agency to rein in greenhouse gases. But he argued lawmakers, and not regulators, should be setting the policy.
"The conversation continues. I think we'll reach a successful conclusion as we have with virtually every regulation being put out by EPA and other policy makers," Fanning told reporters at a luncheon.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to modify collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers of America, allowing the company to cut health care coverage for retired miners.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.