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Big Coal, Not So Big Anymore

The Challenge Now Is to Find Common Ground Culturally and Regionally

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of its rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. It’s not a perfect rule, and there’s a long road ahead that is likely to include litigation and implementation challenges. But the rule, often referred to as the Clean Power Plan, is […]

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In China’s Turmoil, Further Declines for Coal

In China’s Turmoil, Further Declines for Coal

New Data Shows the Slide Continuing

The latest demand-side statistics out of China show a continuation of coal-industry pain: Coal imports into China were down 34.4 percent year-on-year through July. Total China coal sales were 305Mt in July, down 4.9 percent on the year, and declining 7.7 percent to 1.945 billion tonnes in the first seven months of the year. China’s […]

August 26, 2015 Read More →
The D.C. Public Service Commission Does the Right Thing in Blocking the Exelon-Pepco Merger

The D.C. Public Service Commission Does the Right Thing in Blocking the Exelon-Pepco Merger

A Deal That Was Not in Ratepayers’ Best Interests and That Would Have Caused Lasting Damage

In blocking the merger of Exelon Corp. and Pepco Holdings today, the D.C. Public Service Commission summarized its decision in language expressing a profound truth about the proposed merger: “Unlike a rate case, this decision will effect a permanent change in the ownership and control of the District’s local electric distribution company. A rate case […]

August 25, 2015 Read More →
Report: No Sense in Repowering New York’s Cayuga Plant

Report: No Sense in Repowering New York’s Cayuga Plant

There Are Better Ways to Move Forward With Energy Advances and Economic Development

We’re out with a report this morning which finds that a proposal to repower the Cayuga coal-fired electricity power plant as a natural-gas-fired plant is economically unviable and would create a long-term drain on ratepayers. Cayuga Operating Company, a subsidiary of Upstate New York Power Producers, owns the 60-year-old plant, which is just north of […]

August 24, 2015 Read More →
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