Category: Coal

Coal’s best hope is costly power plant in Mississippi

Rising from the scrub pines of central Mississippi is a $5.2 billion construction project that may determine the future of coal in the age of global warming.  More »

Feds: Gas accounted for half of new US power generation in 2013

Natural gas continues to eat into coal’s share of U.S. power generation, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity last year, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration.  More »

Rescuers struggle to save 22 trapped in China mine

Rescuers struggled Tuesday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day.  More »

Alaska lawmaker wants coal plant without federal regulations

A Republican senator says Alaska should ignore federal regulations and plan to build a large-scale coal-powered plant to generate electricity in the event of an energy crisis.  More »

Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash into river (photos)

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.  More »

Coal demand has hit rock bottom, study says

The reports of coal’s death are greatly exaggerated, according to a new study from consultants ICF International.  More »

Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

A federal grand jury planned to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.  More »

Green push blows away German coal-power profits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s campaign to limit climate change with an energy system based on renewable sources is cutting into profits of companies that still provide 57 percent of the power that keeps Europe’s biggest economy humming.  More »

Emails show ties between Duke, state regulators

Staff exchanged messages discussing “how Duke wants to be sued.”  More »

International investment tough even as Asian growth surges

Electricity demand is surging in India, Vietnam, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing economies where growing populations are starving for power generation, but U.S. public utilities still remember the hard lesson of the 1990s: The need for energy isn’t enough to an make international investment viable, energy executives said Thursday.  More »

China would use coal plant to power Jamaica port

A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.  More »

Shell reaches landmark with world’s first industrial carbon capture project

The British government, already a strong advocate of clean energy, showed that it is planning to put its money where its carbon is, signing an agreement on Monday to move ahead on the world’s first industrial-sized carbon capture project.  More »
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