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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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  • 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.

  • Britain Fights Coal in Ways Americans Can’t
    How Britain Won Its War on Coal

    Aug. 10, 2018 -As the federal government in Washington tries to prop up coal, the country that basically invented the coal industry is moving away from it. Britain was the birthplace of modern coal mining. At its height, the coal industry employed 1.2 million people in the United Kingdom. But the UK plans to completely stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. What happened? How did Britain move away from coal so fast at a time when the United States, at least its president, wants to hold on to it?

    Click now to read the
    story from The Allegheny Front.

  • Shanxi Fixing It’s Breathing Difficulties From Coal Usage
    Shanxi Combats Air Pollution in China with Smog Curbs to 2020

    Aug. 9, 2018 -Shanxi province is China’s primary coal mining hub and a major industrial manufacturing region. The province is now planning to voluntarily curb production of its goods over the course of the next three winters in an effort to cut down on smog pollution and improve air quality. This is part of a 2018 to 2020 anti-pollution crackdown, which hopes to take proper measures in improving the environmental state and reputation of the world’s second-largest economy.

    Twenty-eight northern Chinese cities have been issued a draft guidance on pollution reduction during winter months, and four of these cities are in Shanxi. The province is home to about 36 million people, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics of China, as well as a thriving coal mining industry.

    Click now to read more from inhabitant.

  • Germany: and We Thought Coal Was Not Their Goal?
    Germany Bulldozes Old Villages For
    Coal Despite Lower Emissions Goals

    Aug. 6, 2018 -Germany enjoys a reputation as a pioneer of clean energy. Its leader Angela Merkel was even dubbed the "climate chancellor" when she decided to ditch nuclear power in 2011. But the reality is much dirtier.

    Centuries-old villages across the country are being bulldozed to make way to mine brown coal — one of the filthiest and cheapest fossil fuels. As the world's biggest brown coal miner, Germany is at risk of missing its 2020 carbon emissions targets.

    Click now for more from
    NPR News.

  • Huge Area Affected By Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
    Study Shows Area the Size of Delaware
    Affected by Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    July 27, 2018 -Overall, the researchers found about 3.5 percent of the study area, or about 720,000 acres of central Appalachia, is directly impacted by surface mining between 1985 and 2015.

    Once the older SkyTruth dataset is incorporated, the total number of acres of land disturbed by mining tops 1.5 million acres, or about 7% of the region.

    “That’s about 2.8 times the size of Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” Pericak said. “So, it’s a really big area that even I still have [trouble] sometimes wrapping my head around just how big of an area that is.”

    Information on how much land has been approved for surface mining is already available in the permits coal mine operators must get before they begin production, but Pericak said permits alone offer an incomplete picture.

    Click now for more from
    The Allegheny Front.

  • Coal Mine Managers Who Lied About Safety are Indicted
    8 Black Lung Indictments Allege Coal Mine Managers Lied About Health Safety

    July 13, 2018 -Michael “Flip” Wilson spent most of his adult life working deep underground in the coal mines of Western Kentucky. Now 63, he suffers so badly from black lung disease that he doesn’t have the breath to play in the yard with his grandchildren.

    He earned a good wage from his last employer, Armstrong Coal: $27 an hour plus bonuses and overtime—not bad for a farm kid who dropped out of school before the eighth grade, he said. But when he came forward with safety complaints, including describing how miners felt pressured to cover up the monitors they used to measure and limit their exposure to dangerous coal dust, his relationship with Armstrong turned sour.

    Click now to learn more from
     The Allegheny Front.

  • 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.