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Better Ways to Spend $100 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Than on Another ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

The Hill: The Department of Energy has a new request for proposals (RFP) out for ideas on how to spend $100 million in federal money on “transformational coal technologies.” There’s a hurry-up-and-apply quality to the RFP, which has a deadline of Oct. 19. We think it is a transparent effort by Peabody Energy to get […]

September 15, 2017 Read More →

Layoffs at Mine That Supplied Costly Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

Associated Press: The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It’s the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off […]

August 11, 2017 Read More →

White House Talks Up ‘Clean Coal’ While Simultaneously Undermining It

Time Magazine: Also called carbon capture and storage, clean coal involves taking carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and either storing them underground or using them for another purpose, like oil and gas extraction. The “storage” aspect keeps the emissions from contributing to man-made climate change. Trump’s budget proposal, released in May, would slash the […]

August 7, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: The Truths Not Everybody Wants to Hear

The Wind Industry Is Creating Jobs; ‘Clean Coal’ Is a Myth; Change Is Happening Now

Wyoming doesn’t have much of a wind-energy workforce. But isn’t that a good problem to have? It means that as the state’s budding wind industry is creating jobs, bringing new money is coming into a struggling region, and offering some much-need diversification to a longtime one- or two-note economy. What it doesn’t mean is that […]

July 21, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Will Southern Company Refund Mississippi Ratepayers for Failed $7.5 Billion Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment?

IEEFA Update: Will Southern Company Refund Mississippi Ratepayers for Failed $7.5 Billion Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment?

Red Flags Ignored in Long Run-up to Power Plant Debacle

Call it what you will: fiasco, debacle, calamity, misadventure. But not a surprise. Georgia-based Southern Company and its regulators in Mississippi were warned years ago that the experimental and now infamous “clean coal” Kemper power plant project was a shot in the dark. They kept at it anyway, pushing the price tag to $7.5 billion, […]

Regulators Acknowledge Failure of $7.5 Billion Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

Bloomberg News: A first-of-its-kind “clean coal” power plant that utility owner Southern Co. spent years constructing in Mississippi may end up burning no coal at all — and instead just run like a natural gas generator. After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

New York Investors Say They Are Planning an $80 Million ‘Clean Coal’ Plant in Wyoming

Casper Start Tribune: A group of investors plans to raise $80 million to build a coal treatment facility in the Powder River Basin that they say would increase the value of local coal. The idea to treat and dry Powder River Basin coal so that it burns hotter and increases in value has been around […]

June 20, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Marquee U.S. Clean Coal Project Continues to Struggle The first attempt at building a “clean coal” power plant that captures its carbon dioxide before being burned is struggling to get up and running in Mississippi, as the Trump administration plans to sharply cut back funding for the technology. Mississippi Power’s Kemper power plant is designed to allow the continued use of cheap […]

June 12, 2017 Read More →

Prosecutors Seek 3-Year Prison Sentence in Multimillion-Dollar Clean-Coal Fraud

Gillette (Wyo.) News Record: Describing the crime as “calculated” and “driven by greed,” prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence Two Elk developer Michael J. Ruffatto to a minimum of three years in prison for falsely billing millions of dollars to a federal energy research project in Wyoming and then using the money on […]

June 7, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Trump, After Campaigning on the Wonder of Clean Coal, Cuts Clean Coal Development by 85% When signing his March executive order to revise the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy measure to limit power plant carbon emissions, President Trump promised coal miners in attendance, “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal.” Released Tuesday, Trump’s 2018 budget […]

May 24, 2017 Read More →