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Within the Coal Industry Itself, Less Reliance on Coal

It’s increasingly evident that if U.S. coal companies are to survive they must diversify. This truth is obvious even to some coal-industry executives, most notably perhaps Bob Murray, the outspoken CEO of Murray Energy who famously said this a few months ago: “We have the absolute destruction of the United States coal industry. It isn’t […]

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How the Alabama Public Service Commission Keeps Its Ratepayer Public in the Dark

How the Alabama Public Service Commission Keeps Its Ratepayer Public in the Dark

The Alabama Public Service Commission is a laggard both regionally and nationally in its outdated insistence on conducting the rate-paying public’s business in private. The commission’s secrecy is especially notable in how it shields its integrated resource plan analyses, or IRPs, from public view, as we document in detail in a report we published today […]

February 26, 2015 Read More →
The Renewable-Energy Juggernaut Gains Momentum

The Renewable-Energy Juggernaut Gains Momentum

Powerful evidence continues to emerge on the global energy economy’s transition to renewables. Witness this week the release of a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, a think tank based in Freiberg, Germany, that sees solar energy on track in many countries to become cheaper than coal- or natural-gas fired electricity […]

February 25, 2015 Read More →
Cloud Peak Energy: In the Black, but Precariously So

Cloud Peak Energy: In the Black, but Precariously So

Alone among the Powder River Basin’s largest coal producers, Cloud Peak Energy posted a gain in 2014. It did so to the tune of $79 million—and despite revenue, production and export losses—by reducing its mining costs and selling an asset (getting a $74.3 million infusion for its 50 percent stake in the Decker mine in […]

February 24, 2015 Read More →
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