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Coal Plants And Fish

Coal Plants And Fish

High levels of an element found in coal ash have been detected in fish in two lakes where Duke Energy coal-fired power plants are located, according to a peer-reviewed study at Duke University. The element, selenium, occurs naturally but is concentrated in coal ash. 

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The Largest Battery Storage Substation

The Largest Battery Storage Substation

At the end of last year, Southern California Edison turned on the largest lithium-ion battery storage facility in the world in Ontario, California.   It is a substation with 80 megawatt-hours of capacity, enough energy to power 2,500 households or charge 1,000 Tesla cars a day. Continue Reading

Clean Coal For Real

Clean Coal For Real

We have heard the term “clean coal” for years, mostly from politicians and in coal company advertising.  The concept sounds good:  burn coal but don’t produce carbon dioxide emissions.  While there have been various small-scale tests of technologies to accomplish this, it has not actually been a viable option for the power industry. Continue Reading