Coal

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 […]

DOE report blames natural gas for closures
Coal / Energy

DOE report blames natural gas for closures

WASHINGTON, DC — “A long-awaited Energy Department staff report on electricity markets and reliability singles out natural gas — not renewables or environmental regulations — as the leading driver of coal plant closures in this decade, challenging the Trump administration’s case for saving coal. ‘The biggest contributor to coal and […]

The Kemper County coal plant in Mississippi, which had to abandon its carbon capture efforts this year because of cost overruns. Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times
Coal

What ‘Clean Coal’ is — and isn’t

WASHINGTON, DC — “The term ‘clean coal’ was popularized in 2008 by coal industry groups, at a time when Congress was contemplating climate change legislation. While the term is deliberately vague, it is often understood to mean coal plants that capture the carbon dioxide emitted from smokestacks and bury it […]

A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet
Coal

A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him. The Energy Department says it considered issuing the order sought by companies seeking relief […]

Activist Larry Gibson looking over a ridge at the Kayford Mountain Mountaintop Removal site.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Coal mining health study is halted by Interior Department

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which was conducting the study, said in a statement Monday that they were ordered to […]

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?
AEP / Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?

The coal industry is contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables WASHINGTON, DC — “About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts […]