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AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The […]

The Kyger Creek power plant in Cheshire, Ohio, on the Ohio River began operating in 1955 to make power for a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. Since 2003, the plant, which is owned by a company created by other electric utilities, has been selling its power either into wholesale markets or sending it to its member companies. Now the plant is facing competition from natural gas turbine power plants, which can make electricity at a lower cost (Credit: Ohio Valley Electric Corp).
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Don’t subsidize coal, Consumers’ Counsel, NOPEC, AARP, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association tell lawmakers

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers and opponents of controversial ‘fast-tracked’ legislation designed to shift the costs of two 62-year-old coal power plants to consumers are heading for a showdown this week. Two bills, which have been moving through both the House and Senate utilities committees, were to be voted out of […]

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent
Coal

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention […]

West Frankfort, a city of 8,000 people in the heart of southern Illinois' coal-producing region, hosts a festival every spring to celebrate its mining heritage and the contributions of current and former miners who live in the area. But no matter what President Trump says, there's little optimism here that the mining industry will be restored to prominence (Credit: Jeffrey Tomich/E&E News).
Coal

COAL: No one is holding breath for Trump-led revival in this IL town

WEST FRANKFORT, IL — “It’s Friday afternoon in May at Terry’s Barber Shop, just hours before the midway and carnival games kick off a block away at the Old King Coal Festival, an annual celebration of the area’s mining heritage that goes back to 1941. Terry Chambers opened his barbershop […]

An image captured by a drone of the Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment, a coal waste embankment that ranks as the tallest dam in the Western Hemisphere (Credit: Coal River Mountain Watch).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: Art, activism mix in airborne crusade against strip mining

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV — “Environmentalists have turned a hobbyist drone into a weapon in their long, bitter battle against strip mining. Junior Walk of Coal River Mountain Watch has recorded hours of aerial footage of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the massive Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment in southwest West Virginia […]

Coal shipments arrived by barge at Brayton Point Power Station on the shores of Mount Hope Bay in Somerset, Mass. The plant has long been a linchpin of the South Coast economy. At its height, it employed more than 250 people and accounted for a third of the local tax base. It is scheduled to close tomorrow (Credit: Benjamin Storrow/E&E News).
Coal

Coal is about to disappear from New England

SOMERSET, MA — “For Pat Haddad, a good day is one when she returns home from the state Legislature to see steam rising from Brayton Point Power Station’s twin 497-foot-tall cooling towers. New England’s largest coal plant has long powered the economy in Haddad’s hometown of Somerset, a community of […]

Junior Walk, outreach coordinator for Coal River Mountain Watch, surveys fresh progress at an active mountaintop removal coal mining site in southern West Virginia (Credit: Arianna Skibell).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: Stream rule dies, but ex-miners keep fighting

NAOMA, WV — “A stroke of President Trump’s pen earlier this year erased a regulation that took Barack Obama’s entire presidency to draft. Flanked in a White House ceremony by coal miners, their bosses and a handful of lawmakers, Trump proclaimed that his repeal of the fledgling Stream Protection Rule would […]

UMWA members rally in Lexington, Kentucky, in support of legislation to fully fund pensions and health benefits (credit: Becca Schimmel/Ohio Valley ReSource).
Reclaim Act

Mending mining country: Three ways Trump could help miners and coal communities

ATHENS — “At a March ceremony to sign an executive order reversing Obama-era environmental regulations, coal miners were arranged on stage around President Donald Trump as he took up his pen. ‘You know what it says, right?’ Trump asked the miners. ‘You’re going back to work.’ From his campaign rallies […]

IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work
Coal / Energy

IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work

CLEVELAND — “‘Anyone who watches the energy markets knows the coal industry is in serious trouble. The political rhetoric around the energy markets is higher than it’s been for years, if not decades. The truth of the matter is that nothing can reverse the market forces that are pushing coal […]

When FirstEnergy closed its old Lake Shore power plant rather than try to update its pollution controls, the company found itself in a disagreement with railroad companies with which it had long-term coal delivery contracts. The railroads argued the company had broken its contracts when it shut down Lake Shore and other old plants and no longer needed the coal. A negotiated settlement is pending (Credit: Marvin Fong).
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s profits down, FirstEnergy Solutions could be forced into bankruptcy over dispute with railroads

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. says its profits in the first three months of the year were down compared to year-ago earnings, primarily because of expenses to settle railroad coal delivery contracts it no longer needs. …The company on Thursday announced to investors in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that […]