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People Power Will Move Europe Beyond Coal

People Power Will Move Europe Beyond Coal

By Mary Anne Hitt and Bruce Nilles As leaders of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, we’ve experienced first-hand the power of grassroots movements and civil society to profoundly change the world for the better. We celebrate the news that allies from across Europe are joining together to launch Europe Beyond Coal, a coalition that […]

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    Renewables Overtake Coal as World’s Largest Source of Electricity Capacity

    Renewables Overtake Coal as World’s Largest Source of Electricity Capacity

    There was a record amount of new renewable energy installations globally in 2015, with 500,000 solar panels installed every day. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), total clean power capacity increased by 153 gigawatts, overtaking coal for the first time. “We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as […]

    Massive Bailout Approved for FirstEnergy

    Massive Bailout Approved for FirstEnergy

    The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) approved a scheme Wednesday that will force FirstEnergy’s customers to hand over approximately $200 million annually to the company and its shareholders for the next 3-5 years. Customers will receive virtually nothing in return for this massive subsidy, which could ultimately reach $1 billion. A coal-fired power plant on […]

    El Paso Electric Is Proud to Be 100% Coal Free

    El Paso Electric Is Proud to Be 100% Coal Free

    El Paso Electric celebrated the milestone of becoming Texas and New Mexico’s first coal-free utility at an event held in downtown El Paso Wednesday. The Sierra Club joined speakers from across the city to mark this achievement. @TexasSierraClub Over the last several years, El Paso Electric has been working on ways to provide power in […]

    Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

    Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

    Sierra Club On Feb. 29 the Sierra Club marked a major milestone in the transition to clean energy as the Fisk and Crawford facilities in Chicago became the 99th and 100th coal-fired plants to announce retirement since January 2010. These iconic Midwest Generation owned plants are two of nine coal-fired plants from Chicago to Pennsylvania […]

    Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Announce Retirement

    Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Announce Retirement

    Sierra Club On Feb. 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation announced the planned retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation located in the heart of Chicago’s Southwest side. According to an agreement signed by Midwest Generation, the Clean Power Coalition, and […]

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    Sierra Club In a victory for clean air and local residents’ health, Ohio-based First Energy Corp. announced the retirements of three of its coal-fired power plants in West Virginia. The plants are slated to close Sept. 1, 2012. The Feb. 8 news follows last month’s retirements of six of First Energy’s coal plants in Ohio, […]

    Decade-Long Georgia Coal Rush Almost Over

    Decade-Long Georgia Coal Rush Almost Over

    Sierra Club In another strike against coal, a local utility near Atlanta, Ga. voted late Jan. 24 to cancel funding for two proposed new coal-fired power plant projects. Over the past decade three coal plants have been proposed in Georgia. With the Jan. 24 announcement, the remaining two projects have lost their primary source of […]

    Nation’s Longest Running Fight against Coal Plant Ends

    Nation’s Longest Running Fight against Coal Plant Ends

    Sierra Club The country’s longest-running campaign against construction of a new coal plant ended Dec. 12 as LS Power, a New Jersey-based power company, announced that it will cancel plans to build the Longleaf Energy Station in Blakely, Ga. Sierra Club, Friends of the Chattahoochee and GreenLaw have been organizing against the Longleaf coal plant […]