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Tale of two coal plants: Four decades of coal generation on the Kanawha
AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Four decades of coal generation on the Kanawha

WINFIELD, WV — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the 2,900-MW John E. Amos […]

Tale of two coal plants: Turk tackles emissions with cutting edge controls
AEP / Coal

Tale of two coal plants: Turk tackles emissions with cutting edge controls

FULTON, AR — “S&P Global Market Intelligence recently visited two of American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plants. One was the 609-MW John W. Turk Jr. UPC plant in Arkansas, a modern ultra-supercritical advanced coal plant that started operating about four years ago. The other is the massive 2,900-MW John E. […]

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Clean Power Plan / Coal

Coal plants are shutting down, with or without Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The coal industry’s decline has been a long time coming, thanks to an aging fleet of power plants. True, the Supreme Court’s pending decision on the legality of the administration’s carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan could dramatically speed coal’s demise. But it’s happening nonetheless. In 2015, 94 coal-fired […]

Fine particles — toxic specks that research has linked to a variety of ills, including shorter lifespans — aren’t evenly concentrated across the country. Vanderburgh in southwest Indiana has higher levels than nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties with air-monitoring data for 2013 to 2015, according to average annual figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the country, colored in gray in the map above, does not have monitoring data for particles. But efforts to estimate particles for all counties using satellite data have shown similar trends for southwest Indiana.
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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Americas super polluters

EVANSVILLE, IN — “To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles. Collectively they pump […]

Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix
Coal / Duke Energy

Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy Corp.’s $4.9 billion purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas Co., set to close next week, will accelerate the utility owner’s shift away from coal, Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good said. Duke will be able to build out Piedmont’s pipeline system to support its transition to gas-fired […]

Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution
Coal Ash

Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution

KINGSTON, TN — “How to dispose of coal ash? It’s a particularly pressing question for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), whose 2008 dam breach at their Kingston, Tennessee plant spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the Clinch and Emory rivers, and led to congressional hearings and new 2015 […]

A Chicago coal dock in July, 1941. Coal transported on freighters through the Great Lakes fed many of the region’s power plants during the past century. Photo Credit: John Vachon / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF33-016112-M4]
Coal / Renewable Energy

Great Lakes region pivots from fossil fuels

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— “Michigan’s largest electric supplier, DTE Energy, announced in June that it will retire eight coal-fired power units at three of its power plants over the next seven years. The plants generated a quarter of the utility’s electricity last year. Two months earlier, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second largest […]

The Sammis Power plant looms over homes in Stratton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Sierra Club / Colin Scianamblo
FirstEnergy

Ohio lawmakers, concerned about jobs, support FirstEnergy plan

STRATTON — “Two Democratic lawmakers concerned about job losses in their southeast Ohio districts have spoken out in support of a FirstEnergy plan that critics say is an unlawful ‘bailout.’ In letters filed with Ohio regulators this week, state senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) stressed the […]

Two distinctive towers mark a closed coal mine in Poland's Silesia region. Kris Duda / Creative Commons
Coal

In Poland, efforts to rescue coal industry will likely come up short

ST PAUL, MN — “As it is in Ohio and elsewhere in the United States, the coal industry in Poland is declining amid economic and environmental pressures. And the industry’s political and cultural importance is prompting calls for government action to save it. However, experts in industry and environmental groups […]

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill

CHARLESTON, WV — “When we last left West Virginia Republication Rep. David McKinley, he was using his stacked discussion panel to pretend there’s no scientific consensus about man-made global warming. Well this week, Rep. McKinley is bringing back a somewhat reworked version of his coal-ash legislation (see the bill here […]