Coal

  • FirstEnergy Corp.'s Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment is the subject of a new online video report by VICE News as part of its "Toxic" series on environmental issues.
  • Several citizens groups have asked to intervene in a state enforcement action that alleges a coal company submitted false water-quality reports on Eastern Kentucky mines.
  • Duke Energy today said it has reached a proposed agreement with the U.S. government that, if approved, would close a federal investigation of its subsidiaries, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Business Services, related to the Dan River coal ash spill and ash basin operations at other North Carolina coal plants.
  • Feb 23, 2015 | Bob Ashworth
    In a survey in 2014 it was reported that coal mining jobs had fallen by 8.3%, based on data provided by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.1 These job losses reflect the effects of past EPA regulations targeting mercury, sulfur and other toxic pollutants.
  • The filing of criminal charges against Duke Energy for mishandling coal ash waste is a highly unusual event in the utility industry.
  • Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) today announced that Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine employees were honored with Colorado's top coal mine safety award and two state environmental awards at the 117th annual National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition in Denver.
  • This year the Republican majority decided to elevate the status of a committee that discusses what lawmakers believe to be a large factor dealing with the Mountain State's economic growth - coal.
  • The electric industry can achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants on schedule and at a minimal cost to consumers without harming grid reliability or compromising the efficiency of existing energy markets, Exelon said today.
  • Utilities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and in Wisconsin would stop paying the costs to run We Energies' Presque Isle power plant under an agreement reached this week.
  • Sen. Rick Ripley has proposed a constitutional amendment to cap the state's coal severance tax trust fund at $1 billion and divert some of the money to an account to pay for infrastructure projects around the state.
  • Carbon Morality
    Feb 01, 2015 | David Crane

    Ten years ago, when EnergyBiz was launched, the American power industry was not experiencing its finest hour. Gripped by irrational exuberance, which manifested itself principally in overpaying and overleveraging when acquiring deregulated power assets, the power industry destroyed billions of dollars of shareholder value.

  • Reworking Generation
  • Nearsightedness of Incumbency
  • Dec 10, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    On a billboard greeting travellers at the airport in Ranchi (India), the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, 'Welcome to the Land of Coal' is present in block letters, and in case you are seriously curious you will not have any difficulty finding someone influential in that country to proclaim that coal is the way to go, and such will be the case for many years in the future.
  • Nov 03, 2014 | Jayanta Sarkar
    India's crash plan of over 20 years to step up coal production is now in a shambles. It's now back to the policy-drought that crimped the industry before 1993. The demand-availability gap in coal that meets over 55% of the economy's total energy needs has progressively worsened in the mean time.
  • Asia power market trends
    Oct 16, 2014 | Derek Handova

    As everyone knows, Asia has been rapidly industrializing since at least the year 2000. One of the limiting factors on this growth has been the availability of energy generation capability as the electrical power market has struggled to keep pace. To supplement the traditional energy sources from nuclear and coal, Asia Pacific countries are now increasingly adding renewable sources such as solar and wind.

  • The Power of Technology – and Need to Steer Policy

    Oct 12, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Utilities need to engage to make sure that carbon policy and other forces barreling down on their businesses are well thought out, according to Robert Rowe, NorthWestern Energy president and CEO. He recently talked with EnergyBiz at an industry gathering.

  • Nicholas Akins on the Future of Power

    Oct 05, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Energy utilities are moving fast to adapt to many significant changes, according to Nicholas Akins, American Electric Power’s chairman, president and CEO. He recently discussed a wide range of issues as part of an EnergyBiz roundtable with industry leaders.

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    "There is no reason why institutions that have direct holdings in coal, oil and gas stocks could not divest immediately." Ian Simm (Chief executive of Impax Asset Management)
  • Research is Critical

    Jul 06, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    We recently discussed the status of coal generation research with Tomasz S. Wiltowski, the director of the Coal Research Center at Southern Illinois University. His edited comments follow.