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Wyoming: PacifiCorp closes Unit 3 at Naughton coal plant

Gillette News Record: Operators at PacifiCorp’s Naughton Plant have shut down Unit 3, a giant furnace and electrical generator that consumed 165 tons of coal an hour. Part of the three-unit Naughton Plant outside this town of 2,747, Unit 3’s warren of conveyor belts, robust coal grinder, towering boiler, maze of steam pipes and spinning […]

February 1, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: A rough week for the American coal industry

Momentum around declining consumption numbers, utility-company policy, export markets and internal assessments

The economic problems facing the U.S. coal industry have been on manifest display this week. On Tuesday morning, the federal Energy Information Administration reported that coal use in the U.S. is on track to fall to its lowest level since 1979, and that by year’s end consumption will be 44% below the 2007 peak of […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →

PacifiCorp says more than half its coal plants aren’t economic anymore

Utility Dive: The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary used unit-by-unit analysis to calculate a net benefit or cost for taking the coal units offline by 2022, showing nearly 60% of the retirements would lead to savings. But the utility says more analysis is needed before any shutdown decisions are made. PacifiCorp’s announcement is not an official step […]

December 5, 2018 Read More →