Coal

  • Federal regulators are taking their fight with Texas over pollution from coal-fired power plants to an unlikely new front: Big Bend National Park.
  • Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), with the support of philanthropist Paul G. Allen, today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to require the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the federal coal leasing program.
  • Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today announced an agreement to establish a joint venture between Peabody's Wambo Open-Cut Mine and Glencore's United Mine in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Clean-energy interests on Monday jumped into a Minnesota-North Dakota appellate court battle, hoping to reverse a federal court ruling that tossed out a 2007 Minnesota ban on new coal-fired electricity generation.
  • An Iowa-based engineering company has been picked to help design a new $245 million coal-fired power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has confirmed Thailand will have to build more coal-fired power plants to meet its energy needs since future supplies of natural gas are uncertain and renewable energy is expensive.
  • With Duke Energy planning to transfer up to 8 million tons of coal ash to Sanford, many Lee County residents wondered aloud at a recent board of commissioners meeting about the ways the material could be reused.
  • U.S. coal exports have plummeted from their 2012 peaks, making it more difficult to make the case for building new export terminals in Washington and Oregon, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon rule is the latest in a series of regulations alongside rising natural gas prices that will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study released today by Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc.
  • Refurbishments to improve the operational flexibility of fossil-fired power plants are driving the mature European power plant services market.
  • Boston City Council convened Monday evening at City Hall for a hearing regarding fossil fuel divestment for City of Boston Funds, where City Councilors and Boston residents examined the potential effects of fossil fuel divestment and determined that divesting from fossil fuels could have a major impact on the City's economy.
  • 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.