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Duke CEO says utility avoiding LGBT law fight 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cary, N.C. • Duke Energy Corp. aims to stay out of the fight over North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, the company’s CEO said, noting the company is heavily regulated by the state. “I’m in a regulated industry with responsibility for keeping the lights on, and my focus is there and attracting a workforce that makes us better, and that’s a diverse workforce,” CEO Lynn Good told The Associated Press. However, Good also said that while the largest electricity company in the U....
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Lost coal jobs fuel debate in Gail Schwartz-Scott Tipton race on Western Slope 13.9.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
Hard times for Colorado’s coal industry have become a flashpoint in the fight for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, with Republican Scott Tipton and Democrat Gail Schwartz trading barbs over who is to blame for hundreds of lost jobs.
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Lost coal jobs fuel debate in Gail Schwartz, Scott Tipton race on Western Slope 13.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Hard times for Colorado’s coal industry have become a flashpoint in the fight for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, with Republican Scott Tipton and Democrat Gail Schwartz trading barbs over who is to blame for hundreds of lost jobs. Pressing the issue is Tipton, a third-term incumbent whose campaign last week unveiled a three-minute video […]
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In Wyoming, no easy answers on energy 11.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Woe is Wyoming. Our good friends to the north are caught between rocks and hard places -- or specifically, chunks of coal and a state budget crisis.
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Coal rises to become one of hottest commodities 10.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
For all the predictions about the death of coal, it’s now one of the hottest commodities in the world. The resurrection may have further to run. A surge in Chinese imports to compensate for lower domestic production has seen European prices jump to near an 18-month high, while Australia’s benchmark is set for the first annual gain since 2010. At the start of the year, prices languished near decade lows because of waning demand from utilities seeking to curb pollution and amid the International E...
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Clinton backs bill on ex-coal miners' benefits 8.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. Coal miners who have put their own health and safety at risk to provide the nation wi...
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Closing of Unit 1 to impact coal production at Trapper and Colowyo 8.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The closing of Craig Station’s Unit 1 by 2025 may also affect two Northwest Colorado coal mines. “Once Unit 1 is retired, Craig Station will burn less coal to produce electricity,” Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association spokesman Lee Boughey said. “As we go forward we will be evaluating the impacts that could have on the mines that supply the plant.” The 1,303-megawatt Craig Station, which is operated by Tri-State, receives all of its coal from two nearby mines just outside of Craig in Moffat County — Trapper Mine and Colowyo Mine. The two surface mining operations produce coal exclusively for Craig Station, and shutting down the 427-meggawatt Unit 1 will alter coal production at the mines, Boughey said. Trapper Mine Manager Jim Mattern said Trapper is contracted to provide coal to Craig Station through 2020, and it has additional reserves ready for development. “It’s going to be business as usual for us for the next few years, and we do have reserves that would take us beyond that date,” he ...
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Amid industry downturn, company banks on new coal operations in Virginia, West Virginia, perhaps Wyoming 7.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
As mines close and the coal industry faces a seemingly endless run of bankruptcies and other bad news, a company backed by a $90 million investment is defying conventional wisdom by preparing to open two new mines next year in Appalachia, the hardest-hit coal region.
Two new coal mines to open for $90M 6.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cheyenne, Wyo. • A $90 million investment that runs against the trend of coal bankruptcies and mine closures should enable two new coal mines and related facilities to open in West Virginia and Virginia next year, coal developer Ramaco Development and partners announced Tuesday. The mines would extract metallurgical coal, the type used for steel production. Most metallurgical coal mined in the U.S. is exported overseas. Kentucky-based Ramaco’s partnership with two private equity firms will direc... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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California nixes funding for coal export terminals 2.9.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Governor’s bill blocks transport to markets in Asia.
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As haze lifts, Colorado will have two fewer coal power plants 2.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Two Western Slope coal-fired power plants will shut down as part of a larger plan to reduce haze and improve air quality in Colorado, parties in the deal announced Thursday.
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Craig Station&#39;s Unit 1 scheduled to retire in 2025 2.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Unit 1 at Craig Station will be retired in the next decade based on an agreement between the coal-fired power plant’s owners, government regulators and conservation groups. As part of a proposed revision to the Colorado Visibility and Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP), the 427-megawatt unit will be out of commission by Dec. 31, 2025. Lee Boughey, senior manager of corporate communications and public affairs for Tri-State, said employees at the plant are not immediately at risk. “We have a significant amount of time until Unit 1 would be retired and that gives us time to plan and work with the employees and the communities on the transition,” he said. Unit 2 and Unit 3 at the 1,303 megawatt coal-fired Craig Station will continue to burn but with additional emissions controls to meet the SIP. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, an electrical cooperative that owns one of the plant’s three generating stations, is responsible for operations at Craig Station. Tri-State is putting ...
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Northwest Colorado fears Hickenlooper&#39;s CO2 emission plan 30.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Despite the federal Clean Power Plan being stalled in the courts, Colorado may still move ahead with plans to reduce green house gas pollution from power plants. Northwest Colorado is home to two coal fired power plants, and many local officials take issue with what could come from the governor’s office. As reported by the Associated Press earlier this month, Gov. John Hickenlooper helped draft a proposed executive order that would prompt state agencies to continue working on ways to bring 2012 carbon dioxide emission levels down by 35 percent by 2030. "We have a very rough outline that we are in the process of vetting for input and discussion," Hickenlooper spokeswoman Kathy Green said in an email to The Associated Press. "No decisions have been made." Citing increasing temperatures and weather related to global warming as threats to Colorado’s economy, the proposal focuses on state agencies working with utilities to come up with effective pollution reduction while keeping energy prices stable. Colorado ...
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Peabody backs out of reservoir project 26.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Peabody Energy has backed away from plans to build the 400-acre Trout Creek Reservoir about 15 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs. Information that Peabody was working on the reservoir project first surfaced in 2012, when a memo was sent to the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy. Because the plan included a proposed hydroelectric dam that would generate 125 kilowatts of electricity, Peabody was seeking approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. On Tuesday, FERC released a letter stating they were terminating the licensing process because Peabody had missed deadlines. In 2015, because of dwindling demand for coal, Peabody asked for a two-year extension in the permitting process so the company could conserve cash and reduce debt. In April, Peabody declared bankruptcy. Some environmentalist declared a victory when FERC terminated the licensing process. "This is good news for Trout Creek, the Yampa River and the entire Colorado River basin,” Save The Colorado's Gary Wockner said in a news ...
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Latest: Feds warn states against letting mining companies self-bond 25.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Three major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy this year.
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Latest: Feds warn states against letting more mining companies self-bond 25.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake City offices while calling for the company to stand down and comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require the pollution controls, rather than file its plan... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: A practical solution to coal pollution 17.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Here is a practical way to burn coal not only with no pollution but also making the air, water and soil cleaner. We know that at Helper and Price, locally mined coal is carried over Soldier’s Summit to arrive at the Wasatch Front to be burned and pollute. I propose a practical solution. The soil around Price is alkaline and requires lowering the acidity for crops. My proposal is to build the power plant right where the coal is mined, and carefully mix the carbon, sulfur and nitrous oxides. The e...
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Work program trains unemployed oil and gas workers in solar technology 14.8.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
National rhetoric pits the two energy producers against each other. But in Delta County, one organization is specifically targeting unemployed coal miners in the hopes of transitioning them to the solar industry -- while leaving politics out of the conversation.
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Utah environmental regulators reviewing spill of Rocky Mountain Power coal ash into Price River 13.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State officials say the Price River is safe for recreation and irrigation and that Rocky Mountain Power should be able to handle any future storms like the one that discharged an estimated 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash into the Price River last week. Samples collected by the state Department of Environmental Quality in the days following the flash flood indicate concentrations of heavy metals were elevated near the site of the spill, said Scott Hacking, an environmental engineer with the Utah De... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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