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February 23, 2024

PHOENIX, AZ – Today in a 4 to 1 vote, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved Arizona Public Service's (APS) proposal to raise its rates and burden ratepayers with higher electricity bills, enabling APS to double down on coal and gas. The rate increase will bolster APS shareholder profits while prolonging operation of the utility’s outdated Four Corners Generating Station despite cheaper clean energy alternatives. Commissioner Tovar was the sole dissenting vote.

February 22, 2024

NEW ORLEANS, La. — After years of dedicated work, clean air advocates in Louisiana scored a victory with the approved retirements of two large coal-fired power plants. Yesterday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to approve Entergy Louisiana’s long-range energy plan, known as an Integrated Resource Plan. The IRP includes the retirements of Big Cajun 2 Unit 3 in 2025 and RS Nelson Unit 6 in 2028. These are the 378th and 379th coal plants to announce a retirement since the start of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. 

February 16, 2024

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Friday, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced it will move forward with plans to build a new gas plant and pipeline, forcing families in the Tennessee Valley to foot the bill for the polluting and outdated fossil fuel infrastructure.   

February 15, 2024

St. Louis, MO – Today, Ameren Missouri announced its plan to build a gas peaker plant at its shuttered Meramec coal plant, located at the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. 

Ameren must be significantly transparent to its customers considering this is the same utility that released more than ten years worth of illegal sulfur dioxide pollution at its Rush Island coal plant. The monopoly utility’s gas peaker plant proposal raises the following questions: 

February 8, 2024

Lansing, MI – Environmental and housing advocates, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) staff, the Attorney General’s office, and Consumers Energy reached a new agreement that will expand energy efficiency – referred to as energy waste reduction (EWR) – programs and investments following approval by MPSC Commissioners today.

February 7, 2024

Phoenix, AZ – Today, the EPA released updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter (PM2.5) to curb the deadly air pollutant that significantly harms public health, causing premature death and decreased lung function, and that is responsible

January 31, 2024

PHOENIX, AZ – Today Sierra Club filed its comments with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) regarding the 2023 Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP), calling for transparent resource planning that lowers costs for ratepayers, while minimizing risk and harm to our air and water.

January 24, 2024

Washington, DC – Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual electricity market report that shows low emissions energy sources will account for almost half of the world’s electricity generation by 2026, up from 39% in 2023.

January 23, 2024

Phoenix, AZ -- In a disheartening verdict, today the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled to uphold the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) decision to approve Salt River Project’s (SRP) revised proposal to expand the gas-fired Coolidge Generating Station in Pinal County, Arizona.

January 18, 2024

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed 32-mile Cumberland Pipeline. The decision to give the green light to this dangerous methane gas pipeline project ignores the significant and long-lasting damage it will do to the climate, utility customers, and Tennessee communities.  

January 12, 2024

In a critical step to ensuring that the Martin Lake coal plant must reduce its harmful pollution, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s designation that two rural East Texas counties do not meet national air quality standards for sulfur dioxide.

January 10, 2024

Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today for failing to protect streams in the Cherry River watershed from the harmful effects of coal hauling in the Monongahela National Forest.