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The former Ottawa Street coal-fired power station now serves downtown Lansing, Michigan, as a LEED-certified office building. Photo: JC Kibbey/UCS

How A Coal Plant in Michigan Became an Insurance HQ

, senior energy analyst

The Ottawa Street Power Station provided coal-fired electric power and steam to downtown Lansing from 1939 until it was decommissioned in 1992. What can we learn from its story? Read more >

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The Struggle for a Just Transition of the Crawford Coal Plant in Little Village Continues

Dr. Antonio Lopez,

Five years after a coal plant closing, Chicago’s Little Village continues to face serious environmental justice challenges, including an uphill battle to redevelop the Crawford plant. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

, president

Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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Who Would Lose with New Suniva/SolarWorld Solar Tariffs? Just About Everybody

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A recent decision by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in favor of two solar manufacturers means that new tariffs on solar cells and panels could be coming. As the reactions from companies and organizations across the economy—and across the political spectrum—make clear, that’s bad news for just about everyone, including you and me. Read more >

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Photo: Chris Hunkeler/CC BY-SA (Flickr)

One Lesson For DOE From Harvey & Maria: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Always Reliable

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The US Department of Energy has proposed that paying coal plants more will make the grid reliable. But last month, three feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey at a coal plant in Fort Bend, Texas complicated the messaging around the reliability of fossil fuels in extreme weather. The vulnerability of power grids to storm damage is also on horrible display in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Read more >

Photo: Chris Hunkeler/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
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