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Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern #Kentucky ’s economy

Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern Kentucky’s economy A utility that serves Eastern Kentucky and burns coal to produce electricity has sold $17.6 million worth of coal it didn’t need, offering yet another example of how the relatively low cost of natural gas has undermined the region’s economy. The … Continue reading Coal piles up at power plant as cheap natural gas wrecks Eastern #Kentucky ’s economy

Report: DOE bailout for coal, nuclear plants could cost $34B

Report: DOE bailout for coal, nuclear plants could cost $34B Along with AEE, the report was funded by a wide range of energy groups and represents a general lack of support for the controversial subsidy proposal, not just among renewables-focused stakeholders, but those with carbon emissions as well. The plan “could raise costs on American … Continue reading Report: DOE bailout for coal, nuclear plants could cost $34B

Zombie Coal Plants Show Why Trump’s Emergency Plan Is No Cure-All

Zombie Coal Plants Show Why Trump’s Emergency Plan Is No Cure-All Two old Virginia power plants already operate under federal emergency authority. They don’t meet pollution standards, and one failed and has been offline for weeks. Yorktown, where Lord Cornwallis accepted General Washington’s victory to end the American Revolution, would seem like an appropriate spot … Continue reading Zombie Coal Plants Show Why Trump’s Emergency Plan Is No Cure-All

How coal ’s decline complicates an Appalachian utility’s transition to clean energy

How coal’s decline complicates an Appalachian utility’s transition to clean energy As a utility in Appalachian coal country seeks to add more renewable energy, the long-term decline of the industry that once made the region prosperous is a complicating factor. Appalachian Power (APCo), whose territory includes parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee, has had … Continue reading How coal ’s decline complicates an Appalachian utility’s transition to clean energy

Market Forces Drive Another #Kentucky Coal Power Plant To #Retire

Market Forces Drive Another Kentucky Coal Power Plant To Retire Coal-fired power plants in Kentucky continue closing even as the Trump Administration works through details on how to bail out the industry. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he wasn’t ready to provide details of the plan, but even if it was implemented tomorrow, that … Continue reading Market Forces Drive Another #Kentucky Coal Power Plant To #Retire

#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