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Navajo Generation Station (NGS) ဟာ ေစ်းခ်ိဳလာတဲ့ သဘာဝဓါတ္ေငြ႕လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓါတ္အားေပး စက္ရံုေတြကို ျပိဳင္ႏိုင္မွာ မဟုတ္ေတာ့ဘူးလို

Moemaka.com: Navajo Nation မွာ ေဆာက္ထားတဲ့ 2500 Mega Watt ထုတ္လုပ္ႏိုင္တဲ့ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြး လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓါတ္အားေပး စက္ရံု Navajo Generation Station (NGS) ဟာ public, private partnership ျပည္ေထာင္စုအစိုးရနဲ႔ ပုဂၢလိကကုမၸဏီေတြ ပူးတြဲပိုင္တဲ့ စက္ရံုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ၁၉၇၄ ခုႏွစ္မွာ စတင္လည္ပတ္ခဲ့တာျဖစ္ျပီး ၁၇၈၆ဧက ေျမအက်ယ္အဝန္းရွိပါတယ္။ AZ, NV, CA ျပည္နယ္က လိုအပ္တဲ့ လွ်ပ္စစ္စြမ္းအင္ေတြကို ဒီစက္ရံုကေန ျဖည့္ေရာင္းေပးေနရတာပါ။ ဒီစက္ရံုကို ၂၀၁၉ခုႏွစ္ကုန္မွာ ပိတ္ပါေတာ့မယ္။ ဒီစက္ရံုကေန Navajo Nation တိုင္းရင္းသားေတြအတြက္ အိမ္ေျခ ၆၀ပဲ လွ်ပ္စစ္ မီးရတာပါ။ https://www.ngspower.com/about/fact … Navajo Nation မွာ ေဆာက္ထားတဲ့ 2500 […]

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Fracking in Northern Territory a ‘Misallocation’ of Government’s Resources, Analyst Says

ABC News Australia: Government support for the fracking industry in the Northern Territory is a misallocation of resources that is “like following a rabbit down a hole”, an energy analyst has told an inquiry. It would be a mistake to allow hydraulic fracturing and gas development in the NT, said Bruce Robertson from the Institute […]

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Banks Now Focus of Protest Groups Trying to Block Pipeline Projects

Columbus Dispatch: Protesters who have picketed pipeline projects that would ship oil from the tar sands of western Canada have taken their demands to a new venue of late: the offices of the companies that finance them. Native Americans and environmental groups have started a campaign urging banks and other financial institutions to withdraw investments, […]

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Industry Analyst Sees Millions of Tons of U.S. Coal at Risk in Rise of Renewables

SNL: U.S. coal producers may expect better pricing opportunities in the future, but a host of factors weigh down the potential for much growth in coal volume, industry observers with Doyle Trading Consultants said July 27. Domestic power demand is slowing, while renewables and natural gas continue to capture market share as more coal-fired power […]

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JPMorgan Chase Commits $200 Billion to Clean Energy Finance Through 2025, Plans 100% Renewable Reliance by 2020

CNBC: JPMorgan Chase will rely solely on renewable energy by 2020, the company announced Friday. To meet its goal, the firm will install on-site renewable energy generators, sign power purchase agreements with renewable energy projects and reduce its energy consumption. The firm has property in more than 60 countries that totals approximately 75 million square […]

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Analyst: Bump in U.S. Coal Exports Will Likely Prove Short-Lived

Reuters: U.S. coal miners are almost certainly cheering the sharp rise in exports of their product, but their good fortune is mainly the result of Chinese domestic policies that have driven up global prices for the polluting fuel. While U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration would no doubt like to claim credit for reviving […]

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Market Forces Acknowledged as Main Driver of Emerging U.S. Solar Boom

SNL: U.S. utility companies that are looking for new opportunities to participate in the country’s growing solar market could drive more than 10,000 MW of installations over the next four years, First Solar Inc. CEO Mark Widmar told Wall Street analysts on July 27. The solar module manufacturer and power plant developer reported a more […]

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Microcosm of Fast-Changing Electricity-Generation Industry: New Mexico

Farmington (N.M.) Daily Times: San Juan County faces job losses and reduced revenue from taxes as the electric utility industry changes.  These effects will be spurred by closures of two coal-fired generating stations in San Juan County. Utilities across the country are increasing their reliance on renewable energy and moving away from coal. This spring, […]

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IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

The Second-Worst Production Performance in at Least 30 Years Isn’t Much of a Bounce

The U.S. coal industry is making a comeback. So goes the story being spun lately by the industry itself, even if the facts of the matter suggest something else. The coal industry points, among other statistical threads, to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Administration, released July 11, as a harbinger of […]

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IEEFA Update: A Growing Sense Across Energy Markets, and Among Market Players, That Change Is Gaining Pace

Peak Oil Demand; a Blockbuster Wind Deal; Battered Coal

Two stories this week got some bombshell play still ricocheting around. First was Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden saying the company, second only to Exxon Mobil among the oil majors and the biggest energy outfit in Europe, sees peak demand for oil occurring sooner than anticipated, contrary to the comparatively stodgy and widely […]

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