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Powder River Basin coal production continues falling

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Coal mines in the Powder River Basin bounced back from the rain-soaked second quarter, increasing production 18.9% in the third quarter, but still saw year-over-year declines. Ten of the top 16 mines reported production decreases from 2017, lowering the region’s output by 5% to 86.6 million tons, according to data […]

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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 […]

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Corporate buyers a major force behind renewable energy surge

Bloomberg: Dozens of wind turbines each standing 260 feet tall spin in the breeze on the plains of Oklahoma, feeding electricity for a Google data center about 180 miles away. Worldwide, data centers like the Mayes County site outside Tulsa handle almost 32 quintillion bytes of information each day, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index. […]

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Former Massachusetts coal plant being redeveloped as offshore wind support site

North American Windpower: With the U.S.’ emerging offshore wind industry in mind, the Brayton Point Power Station site in Somerset, Mass., will be rebranded as Brayton Point Commerce Center. Once the largest coal-fired power plant in New England, the former Brayton Point Power Station will become a logistics port, manufacturing hub and support center for […]

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Study finds plenty of brownfield sites in Nevada to host green energy

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada could meet the new clean energy benchmark approved by voters Tuesday without tearing up any undisturbed land, according to an analysis by The Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Institute. The Silver State is home to more than enough old mines and other former industrial sites to accommodate the new solar, […]

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Italy’s largest insurer to stop covering new coal projects

Reuters: Italy’s biggest insurer Generali said on Friday it would stop offering insurance coverage for new coal mines and plants, marking a step up in the company’s support for green policies. Generali’s action, which comes ahead of a United Nations climate change conference in Poland in December, is the latest by a big insurance company […]

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New South Wales government plans transmission investments to boost wind, solar development

Reuters: Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales outlined plans on Monday to speed development of A$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) worth of transmission capacity to hook up more wind and solar power. The move comes as renewable energy developers have run into problems lining up agreements to hook up new solar and wind farms […]

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Kentucky coal mining jobs continue to decline

Lexington Herald-Leader: Two years since Donald Trump carried every Kentucky coal county by whopping margins after promising miners would go back to work if he became president, the state has fewer coal jobs. Coal employment averaged 6,550 in Kentucky in the first quarter of 2017 when Trump was sworn in, according to the state Energy […]

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Kansas State University will save $200,000 annually with new wind power deal

KSAL.com: Kansas State University is saving energy costs and becoming greener by using one of Kansas’ most abundant resources: wind. A new university agreement with Westar Energy will provide approximately 50 percent of the energy needs for the university’s main Manhattan campus from a wind farm in Nemaha County and save the university nearly $200,000 […]

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Westmoreland bankruptcy bonuses good news for company executives

Wall Street Journal ($): Westmoreland Coal Co. paid eight of its current and former executives more than $10.2 million in salary, bonuses and severance in the 12 months before the coal-mining company filed for bankruptcy protection in October. Executives at Westmoreland collected additional compensation in the form of benefits and expense reimbursements over the same […]

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