Coal

  • The Citizens' Utility Board sued the state Public Service Commission on Wednesday, contending that We Energies' electricity customers should not bear almost all of the costs of converting the Valley power plant in downtown Milwaukee from coal to natural gas.
  • While state lawmakers have lamented a type of funding cap for federal black lung grants, the state could actually receive more money for the clinics next year.
  • Peggy Harris has had enough. Harris, who lives on Sharit Dairy Road just west of Morris, says that blasting from a nearby surface coal mine is causing damage to her home and property, as well as to several neighbors.
  • Georgia Power is edging toward more renewable sources of energy as it plans to close 15 coal- and oil-fired power plants over the next few years, but efficiency and conservation are still the best ways to keep costs down and protect the environment, according to a nonprofit consumer-advocacy group.
  • The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network issued the following news release: Each year Duke Energy must file a 15-year plan for meeting electricity demand in North Carolina - where it has monopoly control.
  • Portland General Electric plans to increase its ownership stake in the Boardman coal plant, which is slated for shutdown or a possible conversion to run on biomass in 2020.
  • Bruce Power is celebrating cleaner air and a healthier future for Ontarians today now that the province has officially shut down its final coal-generating facility.
  • Peak Coal
    Apr 15, 2014 | Ronald R. Cooke

    Comments about coal are usually not complimentary. Despite our dependence on it as a source of heat for electric power generation, environmentalists wish it would go away. On the other hand, advocates like to claim we have more than 110 years of coal left - "at present rates of consumption". Both sides are overlooking crucial points. Let's see if we can clarify the future use of coal as a fossil fuel resource.

  • Turkey intends to privatize most of its coal fields, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz said, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on April 14.
  • In addition, WPS has decided to continue operating Weston 2 (75 megawatts) but switch fuel from coal to natural gas. If approved, Weston 1 will be retired by June 2015 and Weston 2 will switch fuels in 2015.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: Today, the Department of Energy joined Tampa Electric Company (TECO) to celebrate the successful startup of a pilot project to demonstrate a warm gas cleanup carbon capture technology in a coal gasification unit at the Polk Power Plant Unit-1 in Tampa, Florida.
  • The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today submitted a white paper to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging them to consider state differences and needed flexibility when developing emissions guidelines addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power stations.
  • Speaker after speaker drew applause Tuesday night as they railed against Ameren Missouri's plan for a coal ash landfill along the banks of the Missouri River.
  • In the midst of ongoing controversy over its massive coal ash spill, Duke Energy is inviting local lawmakers to tour its Wilmington plants, a move officials with the utility said isn't a public relations ploy.
  • The government is going to sign a deal with another Chinese company to set up a 1320MW coal-fired power plant at Maheshlkali Island in Cox’s Bazar district.
  • Duke Energy's View of Generation and Transmission

    LynnGood
    Apr 13, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Duke Energy is committed to maintaining a diverse portfolio of generation assets and adequate transmission as it prepares for the futures. Lynn Good, the company’s president and chief executive officer, discussed these nuts and bolts issues recently with EnergyBiz.

  • A Shame to Waste Resource

    Mar 09, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Given our mountainous supply of coal, it would be a mistake to continue to shutter viable coal-powered generation, according to J. Randall Data, president and chief operating office of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group.

  • Mar 05, 2014 | Bob Ashworth
    It is important to refute the bad rap that coal is getting. Coal gets a bad name because people say the carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere during the combustion of coal warms the earth. This is completely false.
  • Nov 25, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The United Nations is wrapping up its climate talks in Warsaw, Poland while the Asian countries are grappling with how best to fuel their economies. China, India and Japan are environmentally aware but -- for different reasons -- looking to coal.

  • Nov 15, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The coal industry has long argued that restrictive regulations are not just dooming an inexpensive and reliable power source but that they are also deterring national investment in advanced coal technologies -- the same ones that the current administration says will determine the fate of that industry.