Category: Coal

CERAWeek: Transition away from coal power is “inevitable,” EPA boss says

McCarthy’s pledge comes amid anxiety over the Obama administration’s push to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector while rapidly expanding the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, wind and solar.  More »

CERAWeek: Clean power plant rule offers significant pain with ‘negligible environmental benefit,’ coal producer says

Coal-fired power plants wouldn’t be the only beneficiary of carbon capture and storage technology, Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce said, stressing that in a carbon-constrained world, natural gas plants will need the tech too.  More »

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.  More »

Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.  More »

Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

A new power plant in West Texas that essentially transforms coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this, an executive in charge of it said at a conference in Houston Wednesday.  More »

Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh.  More »

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.  More »

Ex-W.Va. coal boss pleads not guilty in mine safety case

Blankenship entered his plea on Tuesday at an arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Beckley.  More »

Murray Energy to buy controlling stake in Foresight for $1.4 billion

Combined, the companies will control 9 billion tons of coal reserves, Murray Energy said.  More »

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

North Carolina wants to hold Duke accountable for years of pollution.  More »

Changing Seasons in Energyland™

As the seemingly permanent blanket of snow in my yard lifted this week to reveal the green, green grass below (albeit briefly), I am reminded that seasons change. But it is not just clocks and landscapes that are undergoing a shift, but also a veritable variety of elements in energyland™. So here are some such […]  More »

Energy Department suspends FutureGen project

The plan was to refit a coal-fired power plant in Illinois and store carbon dioxide from the coal underground.  More »

Apache workers face layoffs as oil prices fall

Apache Corp. began lay offs of hundreds of workers across the globe, a company spokeswoman said, becoming the latest energy company to shed jobs as oil prices fall.  More »

EPA delays rule to cut carbon from new coal power plants

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has vowed to overturn the emissions rules.  More »

Poll: More Americans say they prioritize alternative energy to fossil fuels

Republicans were the only demographic group that had more members who preferred expanding fossil fuels.  More »
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