Coal

  • The state Department of Corrections and the union representing corrections officers each are conducting a health survey of present and former members who are working or worked at SCI Fayette and three other prisons built near coal ash disposal or coal mining operations.
  • For 14 years, an electric-power plant in Massachusetts used a chemical solvent process to capture carbon dioxide released from the combustion of natural gas.
  • Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed concern after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on the projected number of retiring coal-fired plants in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for carbon dioxide emissions.
  • A man was fired from his job at TVA's Bull Run Fossil Plant after only three weeks because he has a workers' compensation claim pending due to "exposure" experienced while working at the federal agency's ash spill cleanup site in Kingston, a legal action avers.
  • Coal miners in West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia are suffering from black lung at some of the highest rates in decades, according to new information released by federal health officials.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is backing a less costly plan floated by Arizona's Generation & Transmission Cooperatives (known as AzGT) to cut emissions from the Apache Generating Station that contribute to regional haze.
  • The University of California's Task Force on Sustainable Investing recommended this week that the UC invest $1 billion over five years in companies that promote sustainability, rather than divesting from fossil fuel companies as student advocates have called for.
  • Aboitiz Power Corp. and TeaM Energy Corp. are investing close to $1 billion for the expansion of their existing coal-fired power plant in Quezon province by more than half of its existing capacity.
  • The coal-fired Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, Ariz., will close its 260-megawatt Unit 2 by April 2016 and stop burning coal at the other APS-owned units (1 and 3) by the mid-2020s if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves a compromise proposal offered by APS, the plant's owner.
  • A bill championed by Rep. Nick Rahall to block a controversial proposed rule has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • All Colorado Springs Utilities customers could get hit with an electric rate increase in 2015 to pay for emission control projects at Martin Drake and Ray Nixon coal-fired power plants.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected six new projects under the University Coal Research Program (UCR) that seek long-term solutions for the clean and efficient use of our nation's abundant coal resources.
  • Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC Pink: PATCA) today issued WARN Act notices at the Corridor G mining complex located near Danville, West Virginia. The Corridor G complex, which includes the Hobet 21 Mine and Beth Station preparation plant, employs 360 people and produced 2.3 million tons of thermal coal in 2013.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Duke Energy's View of Generation and Transmission

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    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.