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  • What’s Happening to that Beautiful Clean Coal?
    Coal Power Plants Retiring
    Quickly During Trump Administration

    June 29, 2018 -President Trump has publicly made quite a few comments about bringing coal jobs back, but his verbiage isn’t making much of a dent in the declining coal industry. In fact, a very large number of American coal power plants will be closing in 2018. Making public statements about ending the ‘war on coal’ doesn’t appear to be doing much.

    Click for more on this from CleanTechnica.

  • Beautiful Jobs, But Not in Coal
    Solar Power Employs Twice
    As Many as Coal In U.S.

    June 29, 2018- According to a report produced by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative, there are more than twice as many solar power jobs in the US as coal industry jobs. “Solar energy firms employed, in whole or in part, 350,000 individuals in 2017, with more than 250,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar. Coal-fired generation employment held steady at 92,000 jobs.”

    President Trump blows a lot of wind about trying to bring back coal jobs, but if he was paying attention, he would have to admit the growth is in solar jobs. It’s almost as though he is energy blind.

    Click now for more of
    this story from CleanTechnica.

  • Bye Bye, Coal - Hello, Solar Farm
    Washington Coal Plant to
    Be Converted Into Solar Farm

    June 14, 2018 -Situated next to what was once the largest coal pit in Washington state, the TransAlta coal plant near the city of Centralia is turning into a source of clean energy. While TransAlta’s 2011 agreement to shut down the coal plant by 2025 will go a long way towards Washington’s goal of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 – the emissions produced by the Centralia plant represent 10 percent of the state’s total emissions – TransAlta is going even further, converting 1,000 acres of the former mine area into a solar farm.

    The farm will compensate for the loss of 1,340 megawatts from the shutting of the coal plant and will be called Tono Solar, after the long-gone pioneer town of Tono that once existed at the site.

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Britain Taking More Coal Off Line
    UK Utility Takes Next
    Steps to Convert Coal Units

    June 11, 2018 -UK utility Drax Power last week said it has taken a fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline at the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire in preparation to convert it to run on biomass.

    Half of the station’s units already have been converted, and the fourth is expected to be completed and back online by the end of the year, the company said.

    “The conversion that’s underway is testament to the engineering expertise, skill and ingenuity we have at Drax,” Drax Power CEO Andy Koss said in a statement. “The team has developed some very innovative solutions for this upgrade, using all the knowledge we’ve gained throughout the work we have done so far to transform the business using sustainable biomass.”

    Click now for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Another Bad Week for the Coal Industry
    Another Bad Week, (Make That Month),
    For The Coal Industry

    Feb. 26, 2018 -It’s been a bad week for the U.S. coal industry. On Monday, Michigan-based Consumers Energy announced that it planned to close all its remaining coal-fired generation by 2040; the company already had closed seven of its 12 coal plants in 2016.

    “I got tired of going on my walks and seeing cigarette butts everywhere,” But this week is hardly unique. Just last Friday, FirstEnergy said it was going to close or sell the 1,300 megawatt coal-fired Pleasants plant in West Virginia by Jan. 1, 2019 after being unable to convince federal regulators to approve a deal between two of the Akron, Ohio-based holding company’s subsidiaries that effectively would have moved the facility from the open market into rate base, forcing consumers to pay for the plant even if it was no longer economic.

    Click now for more evidence that in the energy race, coal is being left in the dust, from the Energy Collective.

  • France Will Leave the Coal in the Hole
    Ready to Shutter All
    Coal Power Stations by 2021

    Jan. 29, 2018 - French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country’s coal-fired power plants by 2021.

    “We've also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change”, Mr Macron said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Click now for more of the
    story from The Independent.

  • Coal Rescue Will Just Have to Wait
    Trump Will Have to Wait Another
    Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal

    Dec. 11, 2017 - The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year.

    Click now to learn why.

  • What to Keep Alive - Sea Life or Coal Jobs
    Australian Election Is
    Shaping Up as a Fight over Coal Energy

    Nov. 22, 2017 - Queensland, Australia, goes to the polls, and the issue defining the election is being billed as a choice between creating new jobs and saving the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Labor Party has promised it will reject $900 million in federal funding for a rail link to the proposed Adani Group coal mine in Queensland because of environmental concerns. The link is needed to carry the coal from the interior of the country to the shore along the Great Barrier Reef. The Liberal National Party, on the other hand, does not want to threaten the thousands of jobs that could come from the mine, providing work to an area of the country with over 12 percent unemployment. Both parties have played up the issue, framing “coral or coal” as the choice voters are being asked to make.

    Click to read the M.I.T. Technology Review story.

  • Despite Trump's Promises Coal's Future Remains Bleak
    The Sector’s Long-Term Prospects For
    Hiring Remain as Bleak as Ever

    Nov. 13, 2017 - U.S. utilities are shutting coal-fired power plants at a rapid pace and shifting to cheap natural gas, along with wind and solar power. And domestic demand makes up about 90 percent of the market for U.S. coal.

    Click to read the Reuters article.

  • Coal Leasing Ruling Applauded by Environmentalists
    Federal Appeals Court Hands
    Major Victory to Environmentalists

    Sept. 15, 2017 - Environmentalists have been trying for years to block federal coal leases on climate-change grounds with limited success. The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will require the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to provide more data to support its argument that coal makes no net contribution to climate change after it’s burned in power plants. The BLM oversees leasing of vast Western tracts that supply much of the nation’s coal.

 
  • Any Hope For Coal Mining Induced Black Lung?
    It Took This Coal Miner 14 Years
    to Secure Black Lung Benefits.

    Sept. 7, 2017- Retired coal miner Bethel Brock proudly shows the vegetable garden where he grows potatoes, onions, corn, butter beans and other greens for the dinner table. He's in that patch nearly every day hoeing, shoveling—and struggling just to breathe.

    Brock, a soft-spoken 77-year-old, has black lung disease from decades working in the coal fields of Virginia.

    When his chest constricts and he becomes so winded that he can no longer stand, he slowly folds his body like a collapsing accordion, feeling more dread than discomfort.

    Click now for more of this story
    from Inside Climate News.

    • Trump Has No Idea What Clean Coal Is
      Hep Makes a Confusing Reference to It.'

      Aug. 23, 2017 - "We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” he said. "It's just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they're going to take out clean coal — meaning, they're taking out coal. They're going to clean it— is opening in the state of Pennsylvania, the second one."

      Those words—which seemed to describe physically cleaning chunks of coal—was met with confusion and ridicule online. The term "clean coal" is typically used to refer to the practice of sequestering carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and either storing the carbon underground or putting it to use in other industrial processes.

    • Major ‘Clean Coal’ Project Put On Hold
      Why Was Major So-Called
      'Clean Coal' Project Put on Hold?

      July 1, 2017 - After running billions of dollars over budget and falling years behind schedule, an effort to generate power from gasified coal – part of the push for so-called ‘clean coal’ – was indefinitely suspended this week. The Kemper County plant, owned by Southern Company and its subsidiary Mississippi Power, will continue to operate using natural gas.

    • Coal Falls Hard Because of Renewables
      Coal Falls Hard As Renewables
      Continue to Surge, BP Reports

      June 15, 2017 - Coal continues to fall hard as renewables surge worldwide (including in China), all despite the Trump administration wanting to go back to the “good old days.”

      If Trump does not believe the persistent reports that our world’s energy system is moving towards cleaner alternatives, here is yet more proof the world is going towards renewables. This time from one of the world’s top fossil energy companies.

    • PSE Negotiating Coal Contract Extension
      Despite Growing Customer
      Demand For Clean Energy

      June 1, 2017 - Puget Sound Energy, the largest utility in Western Washington, is negotiating an extension to its coal supply contract that could extend the life of the Colstrip Power Plant in Eastern Montana, despite persistent calls from its customers to move away from fossil fuels.

      Click to read this non-breath of fresh air.

    • New Jersey Closes Coal Plants
      PSEG Closing Its 2 Final
      New Jersey Coal-Fired Power Plants

      May 30, 2017 - The largest energy provider in New Jersey is set to close its final coal-fired power plants.

      Public Service Enterprise Group will close the Mercer and Hudson generation stations on Thursday as inexpensive natural gas has made it no longer profitable to run the coal plants.

      Click to brinmg a sigh of relief.

    • India Rethinks Coal as Solar Prices Plummet
      India Cancels Plans for Coal Power
      Stations as Solar Prices Hit Record Low

      May 26, 2017 -India has canceled plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in the country as prices for solar electricity “free fall” to levels once considered impossible, The Independent reports. Experts expect a profound shift in global energy markets as the cost of solar has dropped by 25 percent in some regions.

    • According to Oxfam: More Coal = More Poverty
      More Coal Will Only Result
      In More Poverty, Reports Oxfam

      May 23, 2017 - Increasing the number of coal mines will only increase the level of global poverty stemming from the consequences of increased climate change and the direct impact coal mining and burning has on local communities.

      These are the primary conclusions from a new report published this week by the international poverty organization Oxfam. The new report, More Coal Equals More Poverty, focuses primarily on Australia’s coal-related policies and plans as one of the world’s leading exporters of coal. Much has been said recently about Australia’s energy policies — too much to get into here — specifically regarding the plans to build a massive new coal mine in Carmichael, in the country’s northeast, by Indian conglomerate Adani (which has recently been deferred indefinitely).

    • As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines
      How Solar is Replacing Coal

      May 6, 2017 - That’s a reality more miners face, as coal jobs have shrunk by 40% since 2011. What is growing is the number of jobs in renewables. Solar power accounts for just under 1.5% of electricity in the U.S., and yet, according to the Department of Energy, there are more than twice as many jobs in solar as in coal.

    • What the Coal Museum Knows that Trump Doesn’t
      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.