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IEEFA report: Past their peak, New South Wales coal export volumes head toward terminal decline as markets transition

NSW government must plan now for inevitable transition in local coal communities

Nov. 1,  2018, SYDNEY (IEEFA) – A report published today by the institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis sends an urgent message to the New South Wales government that, with coal export volumes having peaked and now facing a terminal long-term decline, transition preparations must be made for the coming decades to prepare businesses, […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →
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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Oakland terminates lease at planned coal export facility

The Mercury News: In a major setback to a years-long effort to reinvent the former Oakland Army Base, the city has terminated its lease with developer Phil Tagami, effectively putting an end to his controversial plan to build a marine terminal and export coal, according to letters sent last month by city attorneys. City officials […]

November 13, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Australia: New South Wales needs a transition plan, not blind optimism, as coal export markets decline

Australia’s major customers, like Japan, are turning toward renewable energy; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cites need to “reduce the use of fossil fuels”

IEEFA Australia  published a report this week showing that a permanent, long-term decline in New South Wales (NSW) thermal coal exports is on the horizon. We  examined the status of NSW coal export destinations and found the pipeline of new coal plants in major Asian markets experienced a 74% decline since 2015, with more contraction […]

November 1, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA report: Past their peak, New South Wales coal export volumes head toward terminal decline as markets transition

NSW government must plan now for inevitable transition in local coal communities

Nov. 1,  2018, SYDNEY (IEEFA) – A report published today by the institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis sends an urgent message to the New South Wales government that, with coal export volumes having peaked and now facing a terminal long-term decline, transition preparations must be made for the coming decades to prepare businesses, […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →

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 →