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Looking to ‘get ahead’ of coal ash issues, utilities support bill for stronger state oversight

Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal […]

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Coal / Energy

Coal will not recover

Falling prices for other fuels, not regulation, is what’s killing coal PITTSBURGH, PA —”Coal production in the United States has declined enormously in recent years due to the simple reason that the coal-fired power industry is producing less of the country’s electricity than ever. As recently as 10 years ago, […]

Cooling towers at the John E. Amos coal plant on the Kanawha River in Putnam County, W.Va.
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AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Four decades of coal generation on the Kanawha

WINFIELD, WV — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the 2,900-MW John E. Amos […]

The coal yard at the John W. Turk Jr. plant in Hempstead County, Ark.
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AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Turk tackles emissions with cutting edge controls

FULTON, AR — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the massive 2,900-MW John E. […]

Data shows benchmark gas prices ('Henry Hub' prices) in the past four years to be cheaper than coal from Appalachia for over 88% of the months. Even the cheapest coal, in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, competes poorly in generating power in the great population centers east of the Mississippi once rail transport of $0.03 per ton-mile is considered.
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Coal

Shale gas, not EPA rules, has pushed decline in coal-generated electricity, study confirms

CLEVELAND — “Power plants, which use 93 percent of the coal produced nationally, have been operating under the same EPA regulations signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Proposed new rules since then have all been challenged in court and not implemented until June 2016, when the […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant might not survive, says FirstEnergy, unless its gets special treatment from the PUCO.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

PUCO gives FirstEnergy up to $200 million in surcharges a year for three years, and chance to extend increases an additional 2 years

COLUMBUS — “In a unanimous decision today, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a $204 million-a-year rate increase for FirstEnergy despite the objections of consumer groups, environmentalist and business customers. The initial increase will run for three years, with an option for the the company to ask for another […]

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Clean Power Plan / Coal

Coal plants are shutting down, with or without Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The coal industry’s decline has been a long time coming, thanks to an aging fleet of power plants. True, the Supreme Court’s pending decision on the legality of the administration’s carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan could dramatically speed coal’s demise. But it’s happening nonetheless. In 2015, 94 coal-fired […]

A Cheshire, OH resident sits on her porch to talk about the town’s buyout. Credit: Katherine Patterson/Chicken & Egg Pictures
AEP / Utilities

Documentary examines life in Cheshire after AEP buyout

CHESHIRE — “The story of a small town along the Ohio River being bought out by a large electric utility is now being told on the big screen. The documentary examines the buyout and the residents effected by pollution. The film is aptly titled ‘Cheshire, Ohio‘ and it explores what’s […]

Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix
Coal / Duke Energy

Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy Corp.’s $4.9 billion purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas Co., set to close next week, will accelerate the utility owner’s shift away from coal, Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good said. Duke will be able to build out Piedmont’s pipeline system to support its transition to gas-fired […]

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Coal Ash

Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution

KINGSTON, TN — “How to dispose of coal ash? It’s a particularly pressing question for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), whose 2008 dam breach at their Kingston, Tennessee plant spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the Clinch and Emory rivers, and led to congressional hearings and new 2015 […]