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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 […]

Installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Lewisburg, W.Va. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

What’s up in Coal Country: Alternative-energy jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia NEW YORK, NY — “From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise […]

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants
Coal / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants

As American electricity markets modernize, an Ohio utility stays the same CLEVELAND — “If there’s a standout feature in today’s fast-changing electricity-generation landscape, it’s that coal-fired and nuclear power plants cannot compete with those that run on natural gas or renewable energy. This will remain the case for the foreseeable […]

The Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, England. Photo by Paul Glazzard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7932928
Coal / Energy

In a stunning turnaround, Britain moves to end the burning of coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — “Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant […]

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy filing could delay court ruling in ‘bailout’ case

COLUMBUS — “Despite a big win from Ohio regulators last month, FirstEnergy has filed papers asking for still more review. The move could ultimately delay a court ruling on a $200 million per year charge to prop up the company’s credit rating. At issue is a ‘distribution modernization rider’ that the Public […]

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal
Coal / Energy

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal

NEW YORK, NY — “The Trump administration is unflinching in its misbegotten campaign to protect the coal industry from what has become an obvious and inevitable decline. Eight months in, the administration has already killed, or is in the process of killing, rules that would prevent the dumping of coal mining […]

For the second month in a row, natural gas beat coal as the main source of U.S. electricity generation, accounting for 35.2 percent of supplies in August, a government report showed.
Coal

U.S. delays limits on toxic metals from coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “U.S. regulators on Wednesday postponed until 2020 new limits on toxic metals and other pollutants in the wastewater of coal-fired power plants, a delay welcomed by industry groups that had sought it but decried by environmental groups. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move ‘resets the clock’ for the effluent […]

AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Interested party meetings continuing on OVEC bills

COLUMBUS — “Stakeholders continue to debate a Senate bill to grant cost recovery for utility owners of the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. But opponents, viewing the bill (SB 155) and its House companion (HB 239) as ‘bailouts’ at the expense of consumers, remain unconvinced according to one party planning to participate […]

8 things the DOE report said that the U.S. coal industry wishes it hadn’t
Coal / Energy

8 things the DOE report said that the U.S. coal industry wishes it hadn’t

Markets have changed, technology has evolved, competiton is stiff, the grid evolves … CLEVELAND — “When the coal industry and its allies persuaded Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to commission a study on whether a long wave of coal-fired power plant retirements  hurt the reliability of America’s electricity grid, […]

FirstEnergy Corp. plans to retire units 1 through 4 at the seven-unit W.H. Sammis coal plant in Stratton, Ohio, in May 2020. Executives at FirstEnergy and Ohio coal producer Murray Energy have tried unsuccessfully to get the U.S. Department of Energy to invoke an emergency order that would keep FirstEnergy's coal plants online.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Experts: DOE had no choice but to reject lifeline for FirstEnergy coal units

NEW YORK, NY — “The U.S. Department of Energy’s decision to rebuff pleas for immediate action to preserve a fleet of FirstEnergy Corp. unregulated coal plants was not hugely surprising to industry observers, who said the agency likely did not want to pre-empt current procedures amid industry stakeholder and legal […]