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#Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim

Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim Dynegy said before it completed the merger with Vistra that nuclear subsidies passed by Illinois lawmakers in 2017 had made some of its Illinois coal plants unprofitable, and said it was considering closing down some capacity. Now with the merger complete, the consolidated company believes it … Continue reading #Illinois can do without Vistra coal plants, greens claim

Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry The Trump administration may try to resuscitate the coal industry by using laws that, in effect, conclude that national security is at stake because the reliability of the electric grid is at risk. That is a hard case to make both to Congress and to the … Continue reading Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

Researchers Point Finger At Natural Gas Prices For Coal ’s Decline, Not “War On Coal”

Researchers Point Finger At Natural Gas Prices For Coal’s Decline, Not “War On Coal” New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder has shown that declining natural gas prices were primarily responsible for the significant reduction in US coal use for power generation over the past decade, putting to rest … Continue reading Researchers Point Finger At Natural Gas Prices For Coal ’s Decline, Not “War On Coal”

Coal and nuclear plant owners wrap themselves in ‘resilience flag’ to draw Trump’s attention

Coal and nuclear plant owners wrap themselves in ‘resilience flag’ to draw Trump’s attention New report downplays concerns about loss of coal and nuclear plants. Until 2017, the “resilience” of the electric power sector had referred to the power grid’s ability to withstand and recover from extreme weather and other threats. But the Trump administration, … Continue reading Coal and nuclear plant owners wrap themselves in ‘resilience flag’ to draw Trump’s attention

FERC commissioners defend competitive markets amid coal and nuclear struggles

FERC commissioners defend competitive markets amid coal and nuclear struggles Members of Congress this week reminded the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just how stubborn and complicated an issue he has on his hands with the threatened closure of uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants across the nation. During a hearing of … Continue reading FERC commissioners defend competitive markets amid coal and nuclear struggles

Tech firms like #Google, #Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal SAN FRANCISCO — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in … Continue reading Tech firms like #Google, #Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works

DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works Invoking a Korean War-era law to aid struggling coal and nuclear units would represent a dramatic expansion of the Trump administration’s campaign to rescue the industry, lobbyists and analysts said yesterday. The Department of Energy is reportedly weighing use of the Defense Production … Continue reading DOE could use wartime law to help coal. Here’s how it works