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The Coal Museum
Switches To Solar

Apr. 7, 2017 - The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is switching to solar energy. It's in Harlan County, Ky., and depicts, quote, "the lives that revolve around the coal industry." And WYMT reports the museum gets its power from solar panels. Solar is just cheaper, saving thousands. Communications director Brandon Robinson admits it's ironic but adds coal is still king.


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  • China: Put This In Your Coal Bin and Smoke It
    Carbon Tracker Reports: 40% of
    China’s Coal Plants are Losing Money

    Oct. 12, 2018 -Two-fifths of China’s coal power plants are losing money according to a new “revolutionary” satellite-based methodology designed to assess climate risk from fossil fuel plants launched this week by Carbon Tracker, which also showed that plant owners could save nearly $390 billion by closing plants in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Click to read more from CleanTechnica.

  • Say ‘Goodbye’ to Coal Mining in the Hambach Forest
    The People Show Who’s Boss
    in Germany’s Lignite Region

    Oct. 10, 2018 -The successful fight to save the Hambach forest in the heart of Germany's lignite mining region is an important victory in the face of the enormous challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

    The report released on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) couldn’t be clearer: limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees means keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

    Click to read more from 350.ORG.

  • Community Solar Takes Over a Former Coal Plant
    its Solar Former Coal Plant Now Home to Community Solar + Storage Facility

    Sep. 26, 2018 -On Tuesday, ENGIE North American and Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) christened the largest grid-scale energy storage system in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 3-MW / 6-MWh system is integrated with the 5.6-MW Mt. Tom community solar farm, one of the largest community solar farms in the state. The solar farm went online in 2017.

    Both the solar and storage facilities are at the site of the former Mt. Tom Power Station, a coal and oil-fired generation facility that provided power to the grid for more than 50 years and closed its doors in 2014. Mt. Tom is about 90 miles west of Boston in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

    Click to read more from
     Renewable Energy World.

  • Another Coal Mining Operation Bites the Dust (Literally)
    A Hail Mary Attempt to Save the
    West's Largest Coal Plant Has Failed

    Sept. 21, 2018 -After a brief period of hope that it could be kept alive longer, the largest coal plant in the West is once again on track shut down at the end of 2019.

    The Navajo Nation, which is counting on the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona to remain open, found potential buyers for the doomed facility back in July. However, those negotiations appeared to have failed because the two companies involved—New York-based Avenue Capital and Chicago-based Middle River Power—announced they were giving up Thursday.

    Click now for the rest of
    the story from Earther Gizmodo.

  • Hurricane Florence is Not Yet Finished Heaping Disaster on N.C.
    Second Coal Ash Dump Leak Sends
    Toxins into North Carolina River

    Sept. 19, 2018 -(Reuters) - North Carolina on Tuesday ordered Duke Energy Corp to plug a leak of contaminated wastewater from a decommissioned power plant, which authorities in the state said might be leaking into a river that supplies drinking water.

    The arsenic-laced discharge from a 36-inch stormwater pipe was the second this month from beneath a coal ash dump at the Eden plant.

    In early February, thousands of tons of sludge spilled into the Dan River after a 48-inch pipe broke under the 27-acre ash pond, Duke said.

    Click now for the rest of the
    story from Scientific American.

  • Poland Faces Carbon Price Hikes Posing Utilities Risk
    Surging Carbon Price Presents Growing Risk to Poland's Biggest Utility

    Sept. 12 - 2018 — To date, Poland Gas & Electric (PGE) has deferred plans to diversify away from coal, for example into offshore wind, until the mid- to late-2020s, and only after a massive investment program has cemented the utility’s dependence on coal, already at 91% of total generation.

    In mid-June, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) highlighted two key risks around these coal power investments, both beyond PGE’s control: rising European carbon prices, and dependence on Poland’s new capacity market.

    Click to read more from
    The Energy Collective Group.

  • FirstEnergy to Close the largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in Pa.
    FirstEnergy To Close Bruce Mansfield, PA’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant

    Aug. 10, 2018 — FirstEnergy announced Wednesday its power generating subsidiary would move to de-activate the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, the largest coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania.

    In a release, the company said it would deactivate the Beaver County plant in June 2021. Until then, the plant will have normal operations. FirstEnergy Solutions, the subsidiary that runs Bruce Mansfield, will also de-activate the W.H. Sammis power plant in Stratton, Ohio in 2022, and two smaller generating units in Ohio.

    Click for the whole story
    from The Allegheny Front.

  • How Green Is Germany, Anyway?
    ‘The Biggest Climate Story
    No One Is Talking About’

    Aug. 15, 2018 -Germany, which has long cast itself as a global leader in the fight against climate change, is facing a moment of reckoning.

    The country is investing over $500 billion in clean energy but is still struggling to curb its reliance on coal power. As a result, it’s now in danger of missing its ambitious targets for cutting planet-warming emissions.

    That’s why some environmentalists are closely watching a task force set up this summer by the German government. The commission is charged with crafting a plan for phasing out coal use and getting the country back on track toward meeting its climate goals.

    Click now to read the story from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.