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U.S. to Withdraw from Paris Agreement, but Many CSG/ERC States Committed to Carbon Reductions

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President Trump today announced that the United States will exit the historic Paris Agreement, whose 195 signatories agreed to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Only two other nations in the world are not party … Continue reading

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Amid a Spate of Nuclear Plant Closings, State Officials Mull Economic, Environmental Impacts

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By Rona Cohen Nuclear power has long been a mainstay of the Northeast’s energy mix, but a wave of planned retirements has fueled a debate about the fate of aging reactors, and their value to the region’s economy as states … Continue reading

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Wind Generation Surpassed Hydroelectric Power in 2016 – U.S. EIA

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Last year, wind energy generation in the United States edged out conventional hydroelectric output, which has historically been the nation’s largest source of renewable energy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a brief published March 6. Wind power now … Continue reading

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Report Finds Efficiency Could Replace Power from Indian Point Nuclear Plant in New York

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Last month, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a deal to close the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant by 2021, some experts questioned whether the plant’s output could be replaced without relying on large quantities of natural gas. Indian … Continue reading

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NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Deal to Close Indian Point Nuclear Plant

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The Indian Point Nuclear Plant will close in four years, more than a decade ahead of schedule, a deal that “eliminates a major risk” to the safety of New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State … Continue reading

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Benefits of State Clean Energy Mandates Outweigh Costs, Federal Report Finds

The costs associated with implementing state renewable-energy standards between now and mid-century will be far outweighed by the benefits to public health and the environment, a new federal report finds. The report was released jointly by the Lawrence Berkeley National … Continue reading

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First-in-the-Nation Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online in Rhode Island

By Rona Cohen Last week, America’s first offshore wind farm, a 30-megawatt project situated off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, began to deliver electricity into the New England Power grid. Proponents of the industry hope the pilot will … Continue reading