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IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

Production Declining by as Much as 40 Million Tons; Prices Failing to Benefit Shareholders or Stimulate New Investment; Anemic Exports; Little or No Gain From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

We’re out this morning with our annual outlook for U.S. coal markets, and the picture isn’t pretty. We see the potential for some short-lived strength in the current uptick for coal producers but the title of our assessment sums up the larger view: “Short-Term Gains Will Be Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals.” You can […]

The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

The Federal Government’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Appoint a Price-Setting Commission; Ban Exports; Cancel Some Leases; Eliminate Self-Bonding; Mandate Set-Asides for Mine Clean-up and Miner Pensions; Require Twice-a-Year Audits; Assume Smaller Markets

It’s time for the U.S. to modernize how it manages its publicly owned coal reserves. That’s the essence of comments we’ve filed today with the Department of the Interior as it begins a review of its federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin, a program that has been mismanaged for years at taxpayer expense […]

Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

New Research by IEEFA Sees Slowing Demand for Coal and Rapidly Rising Investment in Renewables CLEVELAND, Jan. 14, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — Rapid expansion of renewable energy combined with weakening electricity demand are driving a structural decline in seaborne thermal coal markets, according to a new briefing released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

January 14, 2015 Read More →
Report – No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity

Report – No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity

No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA  

November 19, 2014 Read More →

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Interior Secretary Zinke: Military bases could be used for coal exports

Associated Press: The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states. The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastle

Sydney Morning Herald: The $5 billion-plus Terminal 4 coal export expansion planned for Newcastle has been scrapped after demand for the fossil fuel failed to increase as expected. Port Waratah Coal Services said on Thursday that it would allow a lease for the terminal – known as T4 – to lapse, signalling that the project […]

May 31, 2018 Read More →

Wyoming Threatens Legal Action as Washington State Distances Itself From Coal Export Project

Longview Daily News (Washington): The state of Wyoming is considering suing Washington state over coal. In yet another plot twist in the protracted Millennium Bulk Terminals saga, a bill introduced Friday by Wyoming state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, would create a $250,000 “coal terminal litigation account.” Under the legislation, the fund could be used to […]

February 12, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Coal Producers Continue ‘Long-Shot’ Bid to Approve New West Coast Export Terminals

Reuters: The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local decisions to block port projects on environmental grounds. The […]

January 30, 2018 Read More →

Dearth of West Coast Terminal Capacity for U.S. Coal Producers Pinning Hopes on Exports

SNL: Western producers looking to export coal through the Pacific Coast are seeing their options dwindle as existing ports reach capacity and hopes for new ones dim. “The West is kind of limited in that you have a couple of ports in California and the main ones in Canada,” said William Wolf, vice president of […]

December 20, 2017 Read More →

State Denies Permit on Last of Proposed West Coast Coal-Export Terminals

Seattle Times: The Washington State Department of Ecology has denied a key permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, a decision that if it withstands appeal would kill the last remaining proposal in the state to export Western coal to Asia. The department denied the permit citing nine problem areas, including rail safety, air […]

September 27, 2017 Read More →

1 Permit Down, 22 to Go for Long-Proposed U.S. West Coast Coal-Export Terminal

SNL: The chief of a planned West Coast coal export terminal says the project is now on the fast track to approval despite a series of regulatory and advocacy setbacks. “We’re now on the freeway,” Bill Chapman, president and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, told S&P Global Market Intelligence. The planned terminal received a permit […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Why the U.S. Coal-Export Dream Died

From PowerPastCoal.org: Back at the start of the coal exports fight in the Northwest in 2010, China was the “500-pound gorilla” in the debate regarding the viability of coal exports as an economic development strategy for Northwest communities.  Coal company executives, terminal backers, and industry consultants had relied on straight-line forecasts of growing Chinese coal […]

May 8, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: A Road to Nowhere

Seattle Times: The reality is that the economic prospects for West Coast coal exports have collapsed. China’s demand for coal, which once seemed limitless, has been falling for three consecutive years. India’s coal imports fell last year and are projected to drop even further as the country increasingly taps domestic coal reserves to fuel its […]

April 26, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Alaska Mine Cancellation Emblematic of Freefall in U.S. Coal Exports

Sightline Institute: Another month, another coal export project down the tubes. This time it’s the proposed Chuitna mine in Alaska, a controversial export project launched a few years ago near the peak in the Pacific Rim coal bubble. After submitting several thousand pages of permitting documentation, the project backers had no choice but to shelve […]

April 7, 2017 Read More →