Coal

  • While TVA purchased the needed land more than three years ago, it's just now seeking the public's input on its plan to expand its dry ash landfill at adjoining Bull Run Fossil Plant onto that property.
  • State regulators voted 4-1 on Wednesday to give Public Service Company of New Mexico more time to finalize an ownership restructuring agreement and coal supply contract before deciding on the utility's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
  • Operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) have notified employees today of the expected idling of the mining and processing operations where they work. In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notices were given today to 439 employees at Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Underground Mine and Processing Plant in Wayne County, West Virginia, regarding the expected idling of those facilities based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions.
  • Alleging that Texas environmental regulators met privately with utility lobbyists before easing pollution reporting requirements for coal-fired power plants, a coalition of environmental groups is likely to ask the federal government today to revisit and tighten permits.
  • Consumers Energy, an electric and gas utility, has announced plans to retire its seven old coal-fired generating plants by April 2016.
  • Buried in Duke Energy's $102 million settlement of federal charges linked to coal ash this month is an unrelated provision that might cost Duke even more money.
  • At a time when multilateral funders such as the World Bank have stopped supporting coal-fuelled power projects, Japanese lending institutions and banks are willing to help India's quest for providing power to people still living without electricity.
  • A bill designed to smooth the conversion of Duke Energy's Asheville power plant from coal to natural gas clear the Senate Thursday, 48 hours after the project was announced.
  • With a state permit and approval from utility regulators already in hand, all that stands in the way of Ameren Missouri's plans for a controversial coal ash landfill on the banks of the Missouri River are two lawsuits from environmentalists.
  • For 10 years, Crow Indians have nervously waited, sometimes into December, as Congress has debated whether to extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit in one year increments.
  • Plummeting worldwide coal prices will not derail plans to dig out a remaining seam under parts of Washington County, the head of a Kentucky company seeking an underground mine permit said Wednesday.
  • State environmental officials have taken infrared photos, and intend to drill boreholes to determine the extent of, and plan to fight, a mine fire burning near Jeanesville and Tresckow.
  • It's good to have a backup plan. Given the questions about the future of the coal-fired Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda, it's probably better to have a lot of them for that site.
  • Utility2Utility

    Utility2Utility: American Electric Power
    Mar 03, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. It serves more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. It also owns nearly 38,000 MW of generating capacity and owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

  • Feb 27, 2015 | Dennis Wamsted
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the newly installed Senate majority leader, is fond of lambasting the Obama administration for its 'war on coal' and its impact on his Kentucky constituents.
  • 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.
  • 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.