Coal

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, CA (Credit: Nandaro / Creative Commons).
AEP / Wind Energy

AEP eyes April 2018 as pivotal month for future of nation’s largest wind farm

COLUMBUS — “A Columbus electric utility is buying the largest single-site wind project in American history – and it’s chosen April as the do-or-die month for its future. The 800-turbine, 2,000 megawatt project being built in Oklahoma by Invenergy and General Electric’s renewable energy division is a massive undertaking that […]

A couple looks across their yard at a coal ash pond in North Carolina (Credit: Chuck Burton/AP).
Coal Ash

Coal Ash: Coming to a town near you?

WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States still relies on coal to provide 30 percent of its electricity, and a typical plant produces more than 125,000 tons of coal ash—the byproduct of burning coal—every  year. For decades, power companies dumped this product, which can contain toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury, into unlined […]

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain
Coal

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College LONDON, ENGLAND — “This week, it emerged that ministers are disbanding a government and industry body created to secure the long-term future of […]

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy
Coal / Energy

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet’s biggest polluter but it’s also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy HONG KONG — “As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Huntley Alliance members Rebecca Newberry (top left), Richard Lipsitz (top right), Peter Stuhlmiller (bottom left), Diana Strablow (bottom right)   photo: Elizabeth McGowan
Coal / Energy

A working-class Buffalo suburb retired a coal plant the right way

TONAWANDA, NY — “In just five years, between 2008 and 2012, Huntley’s pre-tax earnings tumbled by $113 million as it operated far below capacity, translating into a combined revenue hit of at least $6.2 million to the town, county, and local school district. That precipitous decline came when state education […]

"Gavel," a sculpture by Andrew F. Scott, outside the Supreme Court of Ohio (Credit: Sam Howzit / Creative Commons).
Duke Energy

Ohio decision could put more ratepayers on the hook for old cleanup costs

COLUMBUS — “Critics say an Ohio court decision last week underscores the urgency of a pending bill to address unfairness under current law, while opening the door to more efforts by utilities to shift the economic burdens for past pollution to today’s customers. Under the Supreme Court of Ohio’s June […]

The Kemper County power plant (Credit: Mississippi Power).
Coal

Mississippi utility will stop efforts to complete coal plant

JACKSON, MS — “One of the nation’s largest utilities, faced with an ultimatum from Mississippi regulators, said Wednesday that it will suspend efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled power plant. The move is a blow in efforts to develop coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide, which could be key […]

Rob Rice (left), chief of the West Virginia Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation, and planner Jonathan Knight check on the smoldering underground fire at a long-abandoned coal mine in Preston County earlier this year. Legislation to speed-up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House (Credit: AP file photo).
Coal / Reclaim Act

Bill to increase coal-mine spending advances

WASHINGTON, DC — “Legislation to speed up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House. Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources approved what is […]

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill
Coal / Reclaim Act

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill

WASHINGTON, DC — “The lobbying fight over a House bill to revitalize coal country has heated up ahead of a key committee hearing on Tuesday. Interest groups supporting the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act, a bill to pump money into […]