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Editorial: In Praise of New Ban on Mountaintop-Removal Mining in Tennessee

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: In a victory for those who love Tennessee’s mountains, the U.S. Department of the Interior last week banned mountaintop coal mining from more than 500 miles of ridgetops in the Upper Cumberland region. The decision, six years in the making, places a 1,200-foot buffer – 600 feet on both sides […]

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At State’s Request, U.S. Bans New Mountaintop Coal Operations in Tennessee

From the Associated Press: The Interior Department said Wednesday it is designating nearly 75,000 acres or more than 550 miles of mountain ridgelines in East Tennessee as unsuitable for future surface coal mining operations. The department’s action comes at the request of the state, which said in a 2010 petition that mountaintop coal mining in […]

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Arch Coal, 2nd-Biggest U.S. Producer, Emerges From Bankruptcy as ‘Lean, Mean, Fighting Machine’

Sarah Chaney for the Wall Street Journal: Arch Coal Inc. emerged from bankruptcy Wednesday after winning court approval on a turnaround plan that clears nearly $5 billion in debt from the coal producer’s books. Chief Executive John W. Eaves said Wednesday that the restructuring has repositioned Arch to succeed in a recovering energy market. “We […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From ChiefOrganizer.org: Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

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Appalachian Power Co. Sees Coal Use Dropping One-Third by 2030

Matt Chittum in the Roanoke Times: Appalachian Power Co. expects to develop the means to generate more than a fifth of its energy from the sun and wind in 15 years, according to a plan filed with the state this week. At the same time, it anticipates reducing its reliance on electricity from coal-fired power […]

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