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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 →

School Funding Crisis in Wyoming as Coal Industry Struggles

Wyoming Public Media: A funding crisis brought on by a downturn in the coal industry has left policy makers struggling to figure out how to fund education. This year school districts took a hit of $34 million to their operating budgets. That’s primarily money for teachers and staff, as well as materials and supplies. But […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

In Reversal, Legislators Move to Lift Barrier to Wind Development in Ohio

Cleveland Plain Dealer: The wind turbine industry’s efforts to regain expansion in Ohio got a boost Tuesday with the inclusion of new rules governing how close a turbine can be to adjacent properties. The new turbine setback rules would replace restrictive language that appeared anonymously in the 2014 budget bill, nearly tripling the distance a […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Grid Executive on Loss of Ohio Nuclear Plants: ‘The Light’s Aren’t Going to Go Out’

Crain’s Cleveland Business: There will be no reliability issues with electricity in Northeast Ohio if the Ohio Legislature refuses to subsidize FirstEnergy Corp.’s nuclear plants in Toledo and Perry — or even if the plants close down. Those aren’t likely words that the Akron-based utility wants to hear as Ohio lawmakers debate whether to enable […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Amid ‘Renewables Frenzy,’ Asia to Reach Peak Coal by 2024

Global Trade Review: Asia will reach peak coal in 2024, with a rapid increase in renewable energy investment set to meet the continent’s growing power needs. By 2040, there will be US$10.2tn invested in new power generation capacity worldwide, of which US$4.8tn will be in Asia, data from the New Energy Outlook 2017 report from […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Report: Expansion of Renewables Isn’t Undermining U.S. Grid Stability

Utility Dive: The Analysis Group’s research concludes the transition to a cleaner mix of fuels is not harming the reliability of the power grid. The new analysis comes ahead of a similar study the U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release this month, addressing whether clean energy policies are forcing coal and nuclear plants […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

Recently Shuttered Virginia Coal Plant Is Resuscitated Under New Federal Energy Policy Directive

Newport News Daily Press: Two months after being shut down, Dominion Energy Virginia’s two coal-burning units at the Yorktown power plant have received new life, a life that Dominion and its electric grid manager assure is temporary. Thanks to an emergency order by the Department of Energy, the two coal-burning units will be available to […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

Analyst: U.S. Coal Industry Must Consolidate

SNL: The coal industry is “too fragmented” to command pricing power and is in need of consolidation, according to a new note from Seaport Global Securities LLC analysts. Analyst Mark Levin wrote in a June 20 note that the industry has “too many suppliers chasing too few tons.” The report cites a recent claim that […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

Proposed Bailout of Two Power Plants in Ohio Loses Momentum

Columbus Dispatch: A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →

Report Questions Viability of Carbon-Capture Schemes

SNL: An environmental group has released a report slamming federal and state funding and tax incentives for the development of carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, technology. The Western Organization of Resource Councils, or WORC, released a report June 20 that examines the various projects to capture and store carbon dioxide emitted by power plants […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →