Press Releases

February 26, 2024
Southwest Power Pool Again Proposes Discriminatory Renewable Energy Accreditation
Washington, D.C.: The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), once again, submitted a discriminatory accreditation plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). SPP was required to go back to the drawing board following a challenge by environmental advocates last year who challenged the unfair treatment of renewable energy. 
press-lee Mon, 2024-02-26 09:04
February 23, 2024
Commission Approves APS Rate Hike Spelling Higher Bills for Ratepayers
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 The rate increase will bolster APS shareholder profits while prolonging operation of the utility’s outdated Four Corners Generating Station despite cheaper clean energy alternatives.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.
press-amy Fri, 2024-02-23 08:41
February 21, 2024
Two Coal Plant Retirements Mark Big Step Forward for Louisiana
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. 
program-carolyn Wed, 2024-02-21 08:12
February 16, 2024
TVA Plows Ahead with Plans for Kingston Gas Plant, Ignores Clean Energy Alternatives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: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to build a new gas plant and pipeline, forcing families in the Tennessee Valley to foot the bill for the polluting and outdated fossil fuel infrastructure.   
program-carolyn Fri, 2024-02-16 09:44
February 15, 2024
Ameren Gas Plant Proposal Warrants Significant Transparency from the Monopoly Utility
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: 
press-edward Thu, 2024-02-15 15:04
February 08, 2024
Advocates and Consumers Energy Reach Agreement on Critical Energy Efficiency Programs
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.
press-edward Thu, 2024-02-08 11:01
February 07, 2024
EPA Takes Long-Awaited Step to Strengthen Soot Standard, Protecting Public Health
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
press-amy Wed, 2024-02-07 09:41
January 31, 2024
Arizona Utilities APS and TEP Extend Risky Reliance on Coal and Gas in 2023 Plans
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.
press-amy Wed, 2024-01-31 15:41
January 24, 2024
New IEA Report Shows Renewables Will Surpass Coal Globally in 2025, Meet Electricity Demands
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.
blogs-christopher Wed, 2024-01-24 10:42
January 23, 2024
In Disappointing Ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Upholds ACC’s Approval of Coolidge Gas Plant Expansion
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.
press-amy Tue, 2024-01-23 14:35