Coal

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old.
Photo: Brian Bull, Ideastream
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

What does Trump’s clean power pullback mean For Ohio?

COLUMBUS — “It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the ‘war on coal.’ Now his EPA director Scott Pruitt says that’s exactly what the administration is doing by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, something both opponents […]

“War on Coal” cartoons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / EPA

“War on Coal” cartoons

A collection of editorial cartoons about the “War on Coal” from newspapers across the U.S.

A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Coal

Coal takes a back seat to cheaper and plentiful natural gas in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Twenty-five years ago, Ohio was a place where plentiful coal led to low electricity rates, and almost nobody was talking about getting oil or gas from shale. The state’s utility companies were shielded from competition thanks to a price regulation and monopoly service. And all of that was […]

Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters

AKRON — “Fortunately, the unraveling of regulations requires a rigor equivalent to their creation. A president cannot just cast aside rules. The process involves extensive public comment. Opponents must make a credible case according to the law, science and economics. That isn’t to say the president will fail. Rather, the opportunity […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Coal / EPA / Right-to-Know

“This was a hostile takeover”: How the war on the EPA was waged

WASHINGTON, DC — “With access to key players involved in the issue, War on the EPA tells the story of how combatting perceived federal overreach by the EPA became a popular conservative cause. It unpacks the events that led to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and ultimately, to this […]

Kelly Cooper, former president of the UWUA local 175, worked at the two Adams County coal-fired power plants for more than 30 years. "Everybody knows, unless you are in West Virginia and never come out of a coal mine, that coal is on its way out," he said. Photo:
Coal / Energy

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio communities near coal plants

MANCHESTER — “A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart […]

Coal / Energy

Ohio legislature considers forcing customers to bailout coal plants

COLUMBUS — “Did you hear that you could soon be paying more for your electric bills? But the price of electricity isn’t getting more expensive, so what gives? If some lawmakers in Columbus get their way, your hard-earned money will start paying for bailouts of old power plants in Indiana and […]

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought
Coal / Energy

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought

US fossil fuel production is subsidized to the tune of $20 billion annually WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil Change International (OCI)  is only counting direct production subsidies. As they acknowledge, that leaves out a great deal. For one thing, it leaves out the annual $14.5 billion in consumption subsidies — things like […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio (Credit: Analog Kid / Creative Commons).
Coal / Energy

Federal moves unlikely to ‘make coal great again,’ experts say at Ohio panel

CLEVELAND — “The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and […]