Vistra Energy closing 4 Illinois power plants

Independent power producer Vistra Energy and its subsidiaries Wednesday named the four coal-fired power plants to be retired to meet the requirements of the recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard (Mps) rule imposed by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (Ipcb). Without this rule change, Vistra said the company’s entire downstate Illinois fleet was at

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New Natural Gas Record for Power Generation Set

Tom ShepstoneNatural Gas NOW … …  A new natural gas record was recently set for use of this energy source in producing electric power that sustains our way of living in this nation, says EIA. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) put out a fascinating article last week that should make the hair go up on

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Debunked Research is Used Yet Again to Attack Oil and Natural Gas Production

A recent Corpus Christi Caller-Times opinion column begins with an emphasis on a claimed lack of “Science. Evidence. Facts.” in policymaking decisions surrounding fracking. And yet, the notable absence of these very things in the author’s claims demonstrates just how out-of-touch with reality the piece’s calls for a ban on fracking and a halt to

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Voluntary Efforts Result in Significant Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions Reductions

Voluntary efforts to reduce oil and natural gas methane emissions are seeing significant results, according to recently released federal data. Since its inception in 2016, more than 60 companies from all segments of the oil and natural gas industry have voluntarily participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. These

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Holyoke Mayor Goes Full Green with Climate Change Envy, Betrays Cause

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Holyoke Mayor makes green splash to collect pander points with trendy Bay Staters, while betraying the very cause he espouses and denying others what he has. Is there any public official left in Massachusetts without his head up you know where, who can stand on his own two

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Fact Sheet: What Is Flaring?

Flaring is a temporary and necessary practice in oil and natural gas production that is used to ensure safety and mitigate emissions. Despite this, the practice has received negative media​ attention that is often lacking  important context. Production companies strive to find innovative ways to reduce the need to flare, and the results of these efforts are clear: U.S.

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Enviros Reject NMOGA Plan to Reduce Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions

Reducing methane emissions has been a significant focus of both the U.S. oil and natural gas industry and environmentalists in recent years. Yet, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s recently proposed Methane Mitigation Roadmap for the state’s industry to significantly reduce these emissions has been rejected by these same environmental groups. The recommendations within

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“Absolutely Absurd” Report Claims LNG Will Make Climate Change Worse

In its latest attack on increased use of natural gas, Global Energy Monitor claims that liquefied natural gas “poses a direct challenge to Paris climate goals.” And despite the absurdity of such an argument – when natural gas is credited with helping decrease U.S. emissions to their lowest levels since the early 1990s – media

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Low Energy: First Dem Debates Disappoint With Lack of Energy Discussion

After weeks of buildup, the first two Democratic presidential debates this week in Miami featured little discussion of the 20 candidates’ views on climate and energy policy, disappointing both those who favor an all-of-the-above energy approach that has seen the United States catapult into a global energy leader and the ”Keep it in the Ground”

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Zero Emissions Claims Don’t Pan Out for Electric Vehicles

 ... … … Zero emissions claims are popular these days but they seldom pan out, as is the case with electric vehicles in Germany. CNG vehicles make a lot more sense. A study by the IFO think tank in Munich found that electric vehicles in Germany emit 11 percent to 28 percent more carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts.

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Activists Demonize Natural Gas While Cheering Its Clean-Air Benefits

Environmental activists who have cheered the ongoing power transition in the United Kingdom — which went a record 18 days and 6 hours of powering its electric grid without using coal — are overlooking an inconvenient fact for their cause. The UK was able to maintain its grid stability by increasing its use of natural

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Coal to Gas Switching Reduces CO2 Emissions by 15%

Tom ShepstoneNatural Gas NOW … …  Coal to gas switching in electric generation has averted 95 million tons of CO2 emissions and reduced them by 15% from what they would have been. Anyone worried about CO2 emissions ought to absolutely love natural gas. Coal to gas switching with respect to electric generation has had a

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