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No One Is Talking About This Disappearing Coal Job...

A couple of months ago, Donald Trump was cheering a new coal mine in Pennsylvania that will put 70 people to work — good news for a president whose pledge to revive the industry helped get him elected. But a bigger group of coal workers has already suffered sweeping job cuts, and it’s bracing for more. Coal-fired power plants employ more people than mines, and they’re shutting down all over the country. Cheap natural...

Help for coal country addresses tough truth

The future of coal remains murky, if not downright grim, despite an uptick in production in Colorado under the Trump administration, which has rolled back Obama-era regulations the industry considered excessively burdensome. President Trump has promised to bring back coal jobs, but there are a bunch of reasons why experts say that wont’ happen. First and foremost, utilities are increasingly turning to natural gas for power...

Grid study will test administration’s grasp ...

“Facts,” said President John Adams, “are stubborn things.” Wishing otherwise doesn’t change them. That adage may be tested at the Department of Energy, as Secretary Rick Perry grapples with debates inside his department that could shape the Trump administration’s impact on the rapidly changing electricity system.Perry will appear at a press conference in Washington today with the director...

Shrinking greenhouse gas emissions is all about ec...

WEC Energy Group Inc. president and CEO Allen Leverett enjoys reading biographies of America’s “conservationist president” Theodore Roosevelt, but it’s not environmentalism that’s igniting Leverett’s drive to reduce his company’s greenhouse gas emissions. For Leverett, the even-keeled CEO of Wisconsin’s largest electric utility, it’s all about economics — not ecology. And definitely not politics. Specifically, what Leverett...

America’s Flagship ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment Abandon...

This is a bad sign for the coal industry. The coal industry suffered a major blow on Wednesday when the utility giant Southern Company abandoned work on its troubled Mississippi “clean coal” facility amid skyrocketing costs. The Kemper County Energy Facility, conceived under President George W. Bush, promised to turn coal into cleaner-burning gas and provide a model for the future of coal. But after 11 years and $7.5...

School Funding Crisis in Wyoming as Coal Industry ...

A funding crisis brought on by a downturn in the coal industry has left policy makers struggling to figure out how to fund education. This year school districts took a hit of $34 million to their operating budgets. That’s primarily money for teachers and staff, as well as materials and supplies. But the funding for school construction and maintenance is also running out. At a recent meeting on school finance, Matt Willmarth,...

IEEFA Op-Ed: Blind Faith in Fossil-Fuel Industries...

Markets Continue to Outpace Retro Government Policies What’s missing from Donald Trump’s economically ludicrous promise to revive failed Rust Belt industries in the U.S. is an honest discussion of the economic and technological transition that is rapidly unfolding. New industries are growing that have already created many millions of jobs around the world and that will provide clean energy to power the 21st century. This is...

Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the u...

Secretary Perry, We Have Some Questions for You Too An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017 An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017   In April, Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a memorandum to his staff asking pointed...

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge i...

Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per month to $18.40 per month by 2018. An evidentiary hearing in the case is currently set to start on June...

Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar...

CREDIT: Green MPs Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar as in coal Last year, solar accounted for one of every 50 new jobs in the United States. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton In his first hour as president, Donald Trump promised to resurrect middle-class manufacturing jobs in the United States. It will be all but impossible for him to reverse the tides of globalization and automation, but the future may...

On the Blogs: A New Study Pulls Its Punches, but C...

 Bloomberg BNA: Coal will not return to dominance in the energy sector even with President Donald Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, said a new report claiming to be the first empirical study of the issue. The report, released April 25 by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, found that implementing Trump’s executive orders to review or rescind Obama-era environmental regulations might stunt the decline in U.S....

How Renewables Are to Coal What Email Was to the P...

The Conversation: Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the gove...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the governor burning more coal is “not going to happen”  Quartz| Hands off. (Getty Images/Daniel Berehula) West Virginia is coal country. And so, given Trump’s promise to “put our [coal] miners back to work,” it’s no surprise that the state’s Democratic governor Jim Justice wants his state’s biggest utility to burn more of it. But Chris Beam, president of Appalachian Power, the...

Kentucky Coal Museum shifts to solar power

Inside the Kentucky Coal Museum, visitors can peruse plenty of memorabilia on mining and the commonwealth’s coal camps. But on the roof, they’ll find a display dedicated to an unexpected industry: Solar power. In a cost-saving move, this museum in eastern Kentucky is embracing the sun as a source of affordable energy and installing approximately 80 solar panels on its roof. Tre’ Sexton said he was surprised...