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IEEFA Australia: Time to differentiate – thermal coal delivers royalty crumbs compared to Queensland’s coking coal

IEEFA Australia: Time to differentiate – thermal coal delivers royalty crumbs compared to Queensland’s coking coal

Coking coal generates 87% of all coal royalties

3 June 2019 (AUSTRALIA): Thermal coal used for electricity provides only 13% of royalties to Queensland’s budget compared to coking coal used for steel manufacturing – which provides 87% in royalties, a new IEEFA report finds. The report, Conflating Queensland’s Coking and Thermal Coal Industries: Thermal coal adds little to Queensland’s state budget finds that […]

Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo on Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup (pdf)

June 10, 2014 Read More →

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Pennsylvania coal-fired plant slated for March shutdown, demolition

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cheswick Generating Station, the last coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County, is being sold to a Kentucky-based firm for demolition, remediation and redevelopment when it shuts down at the end of March. Charah Solutions Inc., which specializes in environmental remediation, is purchasing the power plant in Springdale and its related ash landfill and […]

January 21, 2022 Read More →

EPA tells coal-fired plants to quit dumping ash in unlined storage ponds

Associated Press: The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →

Puerto Rico grid woes lead to grassroots push for more renewables

The Guardian: Rosalina Marrero spends the best part of each day ironing and watching telenovelas at her modest bungalow in Puerto Rico’s coastal Guayama province. When it gets too hot or her asthma plays up due to the toxic coal ash from the nearby power plant, the 78-year-old widow rests on an adjustable hospital bed, […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →

TVA demolishes Tennessee’s oldest coal-fired power plant

The Tennessean: A 600-foot-tall smokestack and other equipment at Tennessee’s oldest coal-fired power plant was demolished to make way for lower-emission energy technology on Saturday morning.  The Tennessee Valley Authority imploded the dormant exhaust equipment and ten boilers at the former Johnsonville Fossil Plant. The coal plant operated from 1951 to 2017 in New Johnsonville. […]

August 2, 2021 Read More →

EPA plans to reverse easing of coal ash regulations for power plants

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 26 launched a new rulemaking effort to reverse Trump-era changes that eased coal ash regulations for coal-fired power plants. At issue is an October 2020 final rule that saw the Trump EPA relax a 2015 regulation that requires coal plants, one of the […]

July 27, 2021 Read More →

TVA ponders closure of Kingston coal plant, once world’s largest

Chattanooga Times Free Press: When the Kingston Fossil Plant began power generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1955, it was the largest coal-burning power plant in the world — a distinction it held for more than a decade. But after 66 years of electricity generation — and the nation’s worst coal ash spill at […]

July 2, 2021 Read More →
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IEEFA U.S.: ‘New Promise Act’ would help communities transition from coal-based economy

O’Halleran legislation aims to cushion economic losses caused by plant closures

April 2, 2021 (IEEFA) — The recently introduced New Promise Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., marks a potentially important step forward in recognizing the need for a federal commitment to economic revitalization in communities that have been hard-hit by the decline of the coal economy. The bill, inspired by the closure of the […]

South Carolina utility changes course, plans coal plant closure and new solar generation

The Post & Courier: Santee Cooper’s board approved a new business strategy Monday, shifting the state-run utility’s energy forecast away from coal and toward solar power and gas-fired plants. But the board abandoned a proposed cost-saving agreement with The Southern Co. — one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the Southeast — after state officials […]

September 10, 2019 Read More →

UNESCO weighs in on Lamu coal plant debate, wants answers from Kenyan government

Quartz: The controversy over a planned coal plant in Kenya’s idyllic coast is far from over. The United Nations cultural organization this week called on the Kenyan government to reassess the impact of the coal-fired power project on the heritage and natural environment of Lamu. The archipelago is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]

July 11, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Time to differentiate – thermal coal delivers royalty crumbs compared to Queensland’s coking coal
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IEEFA Australia: Time to differentiate – thermal coal delivers royalty crumbs compared to Queensland’s coking coal

Coking coal generates 87% of all coal royalties

3 June 2019 (AUSTRALIA): Thermal coal used for electricity provides only 13% of royalties to Queensland’s budget compared to coking coal used for steel manufacturing – which provides 87% in royalties, a new IEEFA report finds. The report, Conflating Queensland’s Coking and Thermal Coal Industries: Thermal coal adds little to Queensland’s state budget finds that […]