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In New England, a Natural Gas Trap

Matthew L Wald, New York Times, Feb 15 2013

Electricity prices in New England have been four to eight times higher than normal in the last few weeks, as the region’s extreme reliance on natural gas for power supplies has collided with a surge in demand for heating.

Alfred Sorenson talks to CBC about LNG in BC

Alfred Sorensen, CBC Early Edition, Feb 15 2013

Alfred Sorensen of Pieridae Energy says LNG in BC is not as promising as Premier Clark states. Challenges include upstream gas production, fracking, water, power requirements. 10 million tonnes per annum plant may need 400 megawatts of electricity capacity. Mr. Sorensen was a partner in Galveston LNG which first proposed the Kitimat LNG project now owned by Chevron and Apache.

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Europe consuming more coal

Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, February 7 2013

JAENSCHWALDE, Germany — Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.

The demise of coal-fired power plants

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post, November 23 2012

In SALEM, Mass. — Peter Furniss, the fair-haired chief executive of Footprint Power, gives a tour of the aging coal and oil plant that towers over sailboats in this historic harbor.

Coal Communities at the Pivot of Dirty Industries and Clean Energy

Michelle Chen, In These Times, November 19 2012

To environmentalists, King Coal is headed for ruin, and the country’s old, dirty coal-powered plants symbolize the industry’s last dying gasps. But in an uncertain economy, coal is the only thing many working-class communities can cling to for stability.

BC Hydro looks to hydro, gas units to service LNG, mining projects

Rodney White, Platts, 29May2012

Washington -- Faced with "considerable" increases in electricity demand caused in large measure by pending LNG and mining projects, British Columbia's BC Hydro suggested Monday it may have to use more natural gas to produce power.

Sask. government approves $1.24 billion clean-coal project

Regina Leader Post, April 26, 2011

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government on Tuesday officially announced it has approved construction of the clean-coal Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project near Estevan.

U.S. to impose new emission rules on power plants, refineries

SHAWN McCARTHY, Globe and Mail, Jan. 02, 2011

The Obama administration has announced plans to impose new greenhouse-gas emission rules on power plants and refineries, a move that will increase pressure on the Harper government to introduce its own national emissions regulations in 2011.

The outlook dimmed for coal in 2010

by Bruce Nilles, Mary Anne Hitt, Grist, 23 Dec 2010

The coal industry is taking its lumps.Some may describe 2010 as a tough year for those of us working to protect clean air, create clean energy jobs, and combat global warming. Some will say that the coal industry still has a headlock on our political system in Washington, evidenced by the Senate’s failure to adopt comprehensive clean energy and global warming legislation.

Lift restrictions on coal-fired plant: Capital Power

By Andrea Sands, Edmonton Journal, October 29, 2010

Emission rules from 2005 too stringent, Alberta Utilities Commission told

Capital Power has asked the Alberta Utilities Commission to change restrictions on its Genesee 3 power plant that would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Barriers remain to first nations green energy projects

DON CAYO, Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2010

Provincial promises have not panned out

The current industrial economy brought great prosperity to much of the province, but B.C.'s first nations were, with a few exceptions, largely shut out.

Hoover Dam could stop generating electricity as soon as 2013, officials fear

By ERIC WOLFF, North County Times - Californian, September 11, 2010

Dropping water levels imperil power flowing to Southern California

Old-style coal plants expanding across the U.S.

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press, Seattle Times, September 11, 2010

Utilities across the country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will cement the industry's standing as the largest industrial source of climate-changing gases for years to come.

U.S. awards $1 bln for clean coal power plant project

By Tom Doggett, Reuters, Aug 5, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday awarded $1 billion for the FutureGen clean coal power program and carbon dioxide storage network in Illinois, aiming to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from coal-fired electric generating plants.

Rich countries to pay energy giants to build new coal-fired power plants

John Vidal, guardian.co.uk, 14 July 2010

UN's Clean Development Mechanism to use European carbon offset credits to subsidise 20 'efficient' coal plants in India and China

Ottawa tells energy firms to start powering down coal-fired plants

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Apr. 25, 2010

Gradual shift over the next two decades seen as a boon to natural gas producers

Middletown Power Plant Explosion Caused By Gas Leak, Officials Say

By EDMUND H. MAHONY, ERIC GERSHON and DANIELA ALTIMARI, The Hartford Courant, February 7, 2010

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Early reports were that a natural gas leak could have caused a devastating explosion Sunday morning that killed two and injured as many as a dozen more at a power plant being built south of the city on the Connecticut River.

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