In the news today…
- Colorado Public Radio reports analysis by the Sierra Club states that retiring Colorado’s coal fleet could cut carbon and save utility customers billions of dollars.
- The San Antonio Current reports the Sierra Club states San Antonio’s CPS Energy could save $1 billion from 2026 through 2040 by shuttering its coal-fired plants and switching to renewables.
- The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority will replace its coal plants with solar and gas generation according to it new 20-year power plan.
- The Lexington Herald Leader reports only 57 percent of surface coal mine permits in Kentucky were free of violations during oversight inspections in the most recent evaluation.
- West Virginia Metro News reports U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after an amendment on health care and pensions for coal miners was blocked.
- Politico Pro reports a senior DOE official told commissioners that FERC should recognize the spirit of the Trump administration’s plan to support struggling power plants by ordering a study of whether utilities keep enough fuel on site to maintain grid reliability.
- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports a government watchdog group is suing the Trump administration for access to emails, notes and memos regarding its decision to renew two federal mineral leases for Twin Metals Minnesota.
- The Salt Lake Tribune carries a letter in response to an editorial on uranium mining in Utah; the letter argues in favor of uranium mining and states that the original editorial misrepresented the industry.
- Utility Dive reports Sen. Tom Udall introduced a bill that would establish a 50 percent renewable energy standard across the U.S. by 2035.
- Inside EPA reports EPA is seeking strict penalties against the utility Ameren Missouri in a long running Clean Air Act new source review permit program violation case, in which the utility was found to have a coal power plant that failed to obtain a necessary NSR permit.
- Inside EPA reports EPA is formally reopening its Obama-era proposal to block a Clean Water Act permit for the long-planned Pebble Mine in Alaska.