Coal

  • After years of foot-dragging, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to require new pollution controls on a coal-fired power plant in Uintah County.
  • It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan River, a drinking water source for downstream communities in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • The war of words over the future of Texas coal plants continues as the power industry braces for the prospect of tougher federal environmental regulations.
  • Bowie Resource Partners, LLC ("BRP") announced today that it has entered into a transaction with PacifiCorp ("PacifiCorp") to supply all of the coal requirements of PacifiCorp's Huntington Power Plant near Huntington, Utah through 2029 (estimated at approximately 2.8 million tons per year) and to acquire approximately 50 million tons of undeveloped, high heat, low sulfur coal reserves in Utah from PacifiCorp.
  • U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell commented on remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru regarding the future of coal-fired power plants.
  • Summit Power Group say cost-cutting efforts for a clean-coal plant should be able to save hundreds of millions of dollars of the long-delayed project.
  • Today's settlement between two of Alpha Natural Resources' affiliated operations (Alex Energy and Elk Run Coal Company) and three environmental organizations charts a path forward to improve certain stream conditions in the areas near these operations.
  • The company that operates the 675-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Niagara County's largest taxpayer, is seeking a one-year extension on its tax break.
  • Consol Energy is moving forward with plans to form a master limited partnership for its thermal coal business, the Cecil-based energy company announced Wednesday.
  • 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.

  • 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.