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Category: Fossil Fuels :: Coal
Last updated: Jun 22 2017 21:57 IST RSS 2.0
 
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First-of-Its-kind clean coal plant may not burn coal at all 22.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A first-of-its-kind “clean coal” power plant that utility owner Southern Co. has spent years constructing in Mississippi may end up burning no coal at all -- and instead just run like a natural gas generator. After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work up a deal that would have the Kemper plant fueled only by gas. The state Public Service Commission said in a statement that it’s looking for a solution that elimina... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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For coal miners and their families, transition to renewable energy has real consequences 16.6.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
The environmental community needs to be on the front lines protecting coal miners’ pensions and demanding a powerful safety net to support those whose jobs are vanishing.
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Insurers: We’re off the hook, Duke Energy knew coal ash risk 15.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Raleigh, N.C. • Dozens of insurance companies say they’re not obligated to help pay for Duke Energy Corp.’s multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup because the nation’s largest electric company long knew about but did nothing to reduce the threat of potentially toxic pollutants. The claim is in a filing by lawyers for nearly 30 international and domestic insurance companies that were sued by Duke Energy in March to force them to cover part of the utility’s coal ash cleanup costs in the Carolinas. ...
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Mongolia betting big on lighting up Tokyo night 12.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo's Ginza neighborhood may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 kilometers) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas.
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New coal mine touted by Trump — yet planned before election — opens in Pennsylvania 9.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
President Donald Trump hailed the opening Thursday of a new coal mine as proof deregulation is helping bring jobs to the industry, even though plans for the mine's opening were made well before Trump's election.
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FACT CHECK: President Trump’s misleading claims about new mines and “clean coal” 9.6.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
"The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States. Further, while the current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America, which it does. And the mines are starting to open up, having a big opening in two weeks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand, new mine. It's unheard of. For many, many years that hasn't happened."- President Trump, speech announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate-change agreement, June 1
Colorado coal jobs drop to less than 1,000 as Tri-State New Horizon mine shuts 9.6.2017 Denver Post: Local
"If coal was a profitable way to generate electricity, then Tri-State would not be moving to shutter its mine and power plant." - WildEarth Guardians attorney Jeremy Nichols
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The Trump administration’s false coal stats, explained 7.6.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Enviro chief Scott Pruitt’s coal job numbers aren’t even close to accurate.
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A look at how Trump’s climate moves affect the coal industry 7.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
President Donald Trump says withdrawing from a global climate change agreement will boost the U.S. economy, but existing market forces have had far more of an effect on the fossil fuel industries than climate regulations.
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Navajo Nation panel backs lease change for coal power plant 6.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Window Rock, Ariz. • A Navajo Nation Council committee has endorsed tribal legislation to extend the lease on a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona so it can operate through 2019 and preserve jobs held by Native Americans. Tribal officials say the Health, Education and Human Services Committee voted 2-1 for the legislation on the Navajo Generating Station during a special meeting Monday. Two other committees will consider the legislation before it is considered by the full council. The ow... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Quitting Paris likely to have muted effect in key industries 3.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Dallas • President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have only limited immediate impact on many U.S. companies, according to analysts. In part that is because the Paris agreement only went into effect last year, it’s voluntary, and doesn’t carry penalties for countries that fall short of emissions-cutting targets. “What you have is a president making a nonbinding withdrawal from a nonbinding agreement,” said Kevin Book, an analyst with ClearV...
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How Gillette — “the energy capital of the nation” — regained its power in the Trump era 3.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Maybe it was President Donald Trump. Much was surely because of the market. But in times when corporate profits are mixed with politics, it was difficult for people here to see the difference.
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Best bet for Utah coal towns? Move away from coal, report says 2.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Even if coal will support their economies for a few more years, communities in Utah’s coal country should prepare in their own individual ways for the day when coal is no longer king, a new report says. “The successful communities will be those that prepare” for changes happening in rural areas of the state, concluded a Utah Foundation report released Thursday. The nonpartisan policy organization examined communities affected by declines in coal-related employment. Because the impact of these ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Coastal disappointment, inland joy at Trump climate move 2.6.2017 Denver Post: Business
From coal country to the ports of Maine to the wind farms of the West Coast, Americans react to President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that he's pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord.
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Despite Trump, cleaner energy growth expected to carry on 1.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • President Donald Trump may abandon U.S. pledges to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but that step seems unlikely to stall the push to adopt cleaner forms of energy. Around the world, coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as governments and private companies invest billions in wind turbines and solar farms. Even in regions of the U.S. where coal is plentiful, electric utilities are increasingly shifting to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas. In the a... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New England's last big coal plant powering down 1.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Somerset, Mass. • New England’s largest — and one of its last — coal-fired power plants is shutting down permanently. The owner of the Brayton Point Power Station says it will cease operating Wednesday. The plant has generated electricity since the 1960s along Mount Hope Bay in Somerset, Massachusetts, near the Rhode Island border. It’s been cited by federal regulators as one of the region’s heaviest polluters. A decision to close it was made in 2013. Houston-based plant owner Dynegy says it’s w...
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Coal trains fewer as Appalachian railroads keep rolling 29.5.2017 Denver Post: Business
As the coal industry has fallen on lean times, so too have the businesses that supplied the mines, equipped miners and hauled coal out of the West Virginia mountains none more visible than the trains that once thundered around the clock along the shoulders of these hills.
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There are fewer coal trains as Appalachian railroads keep rolling 29.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Matoaka, W.Va. • The red caboose parked at the edge of a rundown commercial block is the only rail car some people have seen in Matoaka in more than a year. It bears the markings of the Norfolk and Western Railway, a company merged years ago and absorbed into oblivion, like Amoco and Oldsmobile. It has come to rest here, a relic of the past. As the coal industry has fallen on lean times, so too have the businesses that supplied the mines, equipped miners and hauled coal out of the West Virginia ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Colorado utility regulators are putting a dollar value on carbon emissions’ impact and will ask Xcel to account for it 28.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado utility regulators have waded into new political and economic waters with a vote that requires the state's largest utility to put a dollar figure on the impacts from carbon emissions tied to future power sources.
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Op-ed: Coal mining in Grand Staircase makes no sense 28.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
It does not make economic sense to open up the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to coal mining — which would be a possibility if the monument boundary is redrawn. I have spent my career performing feasibility studies on coal mining projects around the world since I arrived in Utah 40 years ago. There is a time and place to develop a virgin coal project. This is neither the time nor the place. The coal deposit is in a high desert and very remote part of southern Utah with no paved road...
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