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    • Contura Energy Will Accelerate Exit From Thermal Coal Business
      It Cites Global Transition
      Away From Fossil Fuels

      Aug. 10, 2020 ( OhioValleyResource.org) -A major Ohio Valley coal producer announced last week it will speed up its exit from producing coal used to generate electricity. In a call with shareholders last week, Contura Energy, Inc., said the move is tied to the ongoing global transition away from fossil fuels.

      展e recognize that the world is transitioning toward an economy that relies less on fossil fuels for power generation, and we therefore have accelerated our strategic exit from thermal coal mining, said CEO David Stetson.

    • Europe: So Long Coal Energy
      Europe Increasingly Focuses
      On Coal-Free Future

      July 23, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE)- Clean energy sources such as bioenergy, wind, solar, and hydro have generated 40% of the electricity in Europe in the first half of the year, the first time such a figure is reached. Renewables appear to overtake fossil fuels, which generated 34% of the electricity in the European bloc.

      The independent think-tank Ember published its half-yearly report, which showed Europe痴 long goodbye to coal is finally speeding up. The transition is being helped by the rise of wind and solar power, as well as the energy policy that has priced the fossil fuels out of many European markets.

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    • Environmentalists: No Coal Mining on Public Lands
      Coalition of States, Environmentalists
      Sue Feds Over Planned Coal Leases

      July 21, 2020,(Missoula CURRENT)- A large coalition of states, environmental organizations and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have filed fresh challenges against the Trump administration痴 decision to open millions of acres of public lands up for new coal leasing and mining.

      Environmentalists including the Citizens for Clean Energy, Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management as part of an ongoing dispute that began in 2017 over the government痴 decision to open up public lands to coal leasing.

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    • Coronavirus Recovery: Exclude Coal
      UN Calls On Governments
      to Ditch Coal From Their
      Coronavirus Recovery Plans

      July 10, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -As the world starts thinking of the day after the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked countries to stop financing the coal industry in order to have a more sustainable future. So far, many seem to be missing the point, he warned.

      鼎oal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans, he said yesterday during an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). More than 40 government ministers from countries around the world participated in the conference, representing 80% of the global energy use and emissions.

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    • Britain's Coal Future
      British Energy Shift萌oodbye Coal

      June 18, 2020,(Energy Central) -The UK's grid has gone for a record-breaking two months without coal-fired generation

      Since the 1880's Britain has relied on coal-fired electricity generation. On Wednesday 10th June, Britain hit a significant landmark: the country went for two entire months without burning coal to generate power.

      According to the UK's National Grid, the electricity network has now run without burning coal since midnight on the 9th April. This coal-free period has beaten the country痴 previous record of 18 days, six hours and ten minutes, which was set in June 2019.

    • India Doubles Down on Solar, Gas at Coal's Expense
      Solar and Gas Up, Coal Down in India

      May 3, 2020 (REUTERS) -India痴 solar and gas-fired electricity generation rose in April even as overall power demand fell at the steepest monthly rate in at least thirteen years, a Reuters analysis of provisional government data showed.

      Solar-powered electricity generation rose 16.9%, accounting for a record 5.6% of the country痴 total output, while gas-fired power output was 13.7% higher, an analysis of daily load despatch data from state-run power operator POSOCO showed. However, wind-powered electricity generation fell 11.4%.

    • Renewables Overtake Coal For the First Time
      Renewable Energy Is Poised
      to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

      May 13, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)- The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

      It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation痴 electricity. And it comes despite the Trump administration痴 three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants.

    • Coal Generation Takes a Back Seat in Britain
      Britain Breaks Coal-Free
      Power Generation Record

      Apr. 28, 2020 (The Guardian) -Britain has gone without coal-fired power generation for its longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution, breaking the existing record of 18 consecutive days this morning.

      The UK痴 energy system has not used coal-fired plants for more than 438 hours, according to National Grid data, the longest uninterrupted period since 1882.

    • The No-Conscience Coal Industry Strikes Again
      Coal Industry Aims to
      Exploit Coronavirus Crisis To Cut
      Payments To Miners With Black Lung

      Apr. 11, 2020 (RawStory) - Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

      The Washington Post reported this week that the National Mining Association (NMA), a trade group that represents the biggest U.S. coal operators still standing, 殿sked Congress last month for a 55% cut in the excise tax for the trust fund, and a suspension of another fee that pays to clean up abandoned mines. Altogether the operators say they could save about $220 million.

    • Japan Hasn't Suffered Enough
      From Bad Climate Policies - Now This?
      Japan Races to Build
      New Coal-Burning Power Plants,
      Despite the Climate Risks

      Feb. 1, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) - Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno痴 apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

      It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants one of the dirtiest sources of electricity at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

    • A New Clean Use for Former Coal Plants
      Coal-fired Power Plants
      Finding New Uses As Data
      Centers, Clean Energy Hubs

      Mar. 24, 2020 (POWERGRID) - As coal-fired power plants become uneconomic and are shut down for good, a new sort of recycling industry is taking shape: the repurposing of those plants.

      Utilities across the country are finding ways to redevelop abandoned fossil-fueled sites. In January, Beloit College in Wisconsin began operating a student union and recreation center in a structure where Alliant Energy formerly burned coal to produce power.

      On the southern coast of Massachusetts, a former 1,600-megawatt coal plant is being demolished to make way for a logistical port and support center for wind turbines expected to be erected about 35 miles off shore.

    • Nevada Saying "Goodbye" to Coal
      Nevada to Eliminate Coal by 2025

      Feb. 26, 2020 (Energy Central) Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) says it has approved the conversion of its TS Coal Power Plant to a dual fuel process, allowing the facility to generate power from natural gas.

      As part of its overall energy management strategy, NGM is also reviewing the potential for a 200 MW solar facility with battery storage. The intention is to phase construction, initially installing 100 MW that could produce power as early as 2022. A study is currently underway and, once the project is approved, NGM will work with the State of Nevada and the Office of Energy on permitting, it said.

    • Japan Is Not Getting the Message on Coal
      Japan Races to Build
      New Coal-Burning Power
      Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

      Feb. 3, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward) Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno痴 apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

      It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants one of the dirtiest sources of electricity at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

    • Indonesia Jumps on the 'Ban Ol King Coal' Bandwagon
      Indonesia Plans to Replace
      Old Coal Power Plants
      With Renewable Plants

      Jan. 30, 2020 (REUTERS)悠ndonesian government plans to remove old coal-fired power plants with plants using renewable energy, the country痴 Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said on Thursday.

      He said the country will replace coal power plants aged 20 years and older.

      撤erusahaan Listrik Negara is taking inventory of those plants that will be replaced by renewable energy plants, Tasrif said, referring to state electricity utility company.

    • Germany's Uniper to Quit Coal by 2025
      Uniper to Shut Down German
      Hard-Coal Power Plants by 2025

      Jan. 30, 2020 (REUTERS)Uniper aims to close most of its German hard coal-fired power plants over the next five years, accounting for half its European coal capacity, the utility said on Thursday.

      The German cabinet on Wednesday backed plans to exit coal as an energy source by 2038 as part of efforts by Chancellor Angela Merkel痴 ruling coalition to protect the climate and restore its green credentials.

      For a start, Uniper, formed in 2016 after being spun off from E.ON, has drawn up plans to shut down about 1.5 gigawatts of capacity involving three blocks at its Scholven plant plus the Wilhelmshaven power station by the end of 2022, it said.

    • New Mexico Coal Plants: Hate to See You Go
      Tri-State to Close NM,
      CO Coal Plants

      Jan. 10, 2020 (Energy Central)-A new plan from Tri-State, approved by their board yesterday and released today, will close the Escalante coal plant this year. The plant is located in Prewitt, New Mexico, between Grants and Gallup. The Craig station in northern Colorado will close by 2030.

      The plan will eliminate Tri-State痴 New Mexico and Colorado coal generation and bring significant emissions reductions in both states. It will also mean immediate economic changes for the workers and communities of western New Mexico that will require quick, creative and collaborative action to support new economic opportunities.

      The closures represent a continuation of the clear economic trend away from coal generation and towards renewable energy.

    • Coal Power Generation on the ERCOT Grid Continues to Drop
      ERCOT Coal Generation
      Drops 17% in 2019

      Jan. 7, 2020 (Energy Central)-Just a few years ago(2013/14) coal generated almost 125 TWh on ERCOT. In 2019, generation from coal was down to 78 TWh. This was a drop of 17% vs 2018.

      The 470 MW Gibbons Creek coal plant was shut down in 2019 and the 670MW Oklaunion coal plant will close in 2020. With large amounts of wind still being added to the grid and solar finaly starting to take hold in Texas - I would expect these coal retirements to continue and coal generation in TX to drop much further this decade. Close to zero.

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    • Renewables Did Better Than Coal in 2019
      2019: Bad for Coal,
      Good for Wind and Solar

      Dec.20, 2019 (Energy Central- Despite a relaxation in environmental regulations and heavy government promotion, 2019 saw coal continue its multi-year power production decline in the US. Renewables now produce on the same order of MWh as coal, which is quite a change from just a few years ago when coal accounted for 50%+ US electricity production. Coal's demise can be attributed to the low cost of natural gas and the rise of low cost renewables. The economics are compelling. Looking to the new year and beyond, the US Department of Energy projects that coal plant retirements will continue unabated.

      On the upside, 2019 saw wind and solar installation and investment at extraordinarily high levels. One of the more encouraging developments was East Coast states award of conventional offshore programs, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and others. This

    • Converting Coal Plants to Biomass Is No Solution
      Converting Coal Plants to
      Biomass Could Fuel Climate
      Crisis, Scientists Warn

      Dec. 16, 2019  (The Guardian)- Plans to shift Europe痴 coal plants to burning wood pellets instead could accelerate rather than combat the climate crisis and lay waste to woodland equal to half the size of Germany痴 Black Forest a year, according to campaigners.

      The climate thinktank Sandbag said the heavily subsidized plans to cut carbon emissions would result in a 都taggering amount of tree cutting, potentially destroying forests faster than they can regrow.

    • Luring Coal Countries Off a B-a-d Habit
      E.U. Climate Plan Would
      Sweeten Deal for Coal Countries

      Dec. 11, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- The European Commission introduced on Wednesday its centerpiece climate strategy that, if approved, would pivot the world痴 third-biggest polluter to climate-friendly economic policies and nudge coal-reliant nations with payouts worth billions of euros.

      Known as the Green Deal, the plan would require many European Union member states to radically change how they operate their economies and find new livelihoods for millions of citizens, risking a continent-wide backlash akin to the 添ellow Vest protest movement that has riled France.

    • South Korea Retiring Coal Plants Left and Right
      S.Korea to Close 6 Older
      Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2021

      Nov 1, 2019  (Reuters)祐outh Korea痴 six older coal-fired power plants will be retired by 2021, a year earlier than previously planned, as part of the country痴 ongoing efforts to curb air pollution, the prime minister痴 office said on Friday.

      South Korea, Asia痴 fourth-largest economy, runs some 60 coal-fired power plants, generating around 40% of the country痴 electricity, but coal has been blamed for worsening air quality in the country.

      The six older coal-fired power plants account for 7% of the total installed coal power capacity, or 2.6 gigawatts, according to Reuters calculations based on data from Korea Electric Power Corp.

    • Another One Bites the Dust - Coal Dust, That Is
      Murray Energy Is 8th Coal
      Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy

      Oct. 29, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth coal company in a year to file for bankruptcy protection. The move on Tuesday is the latest sign that market forces are throttling the Trump administration痴 bid to save the industry.

      The collapse of the Ohio-based company had long been expected as coal-fired power plants close across the country.

      Its chief executive, Robert E. Murray, has been an outspoken supporter and adviser of President Trump. He had lobbied extensively for Washington to support coal-fired power plants.

    • South Africa Is Saying 'Bye Bye' to Coal
      Renewables In, Coal Out:
      South Africa痴 Energy Forecast

      Oct. 18, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-In South Africa, solar and wind are in, and coal is gradually on the way out.

      That痴 the key takeaway from the latest Integrated Resource Plan, which maps out the energy mix for the next decade. It envisions the nation痴 total electricity-production capacity rising to 77,834 megawatts by 2030 with the bulk of the increase coming from renewable sources from about 52,104 megawatts.

      A switch to more green energy comes as South Africa faces pressure to meet emissions-reduction targets. State power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. produces about 95% of the nation痴 power, the bulk of it from coal-fired power plants many of which are approaching retirement and don稚 comply with environmental standards.

    • Ol' King Coal - No Longer a Merry Old Soul
      Coal Has Always Been
      King In the South.
      Now That痴 Changing

      Oct. 3, 2019 (Energy News Network)-Duke Energy Corp. is one of the largest coal burners in America. But the North Carolina-based utility痴 coal fleet is running less and less, an E&E News review of federal data shows.

      In a sign of mounting economic distress, nine of the company痴 13 coal plants ran less than half the year in 2018. Eight of those facilities averaged annual run times of less than 50% between 2014 and 2018. Only two of the company痴 coal facilities produced more electricity in 2018 than they did five years earlier.

    • Coal Champions Speak Up at the U.N.
      Who痴 Speaking at the U.N. Climate
      Summit? Several Champions of Coal

      Sept. 22, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward) - In May of this year, on a trip to low-lying endangered Pacific islands, the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, made one of his boldest calls yet to the world痴 presidents and prime ministers.

      Don稚 build new coal plants after 2020, he said, and certainly don稚 pay for them with taxpayer money.

      On Monday, when he hosts the Climate Action Summit, designed to highlight countries that are stepping up their commitments to avert climate change, some of the world痴 biggest champions of coal will be allowed to take the podium.

    • Is China Serious About Green Initiative Pledges?
      Chinese Firms to Build More
      Coal Power Plants In Asia
      Despite Beijing痴 Pledge For
      Greener Initiative Projects

      Sept. 18, 2019 (South China Morning Post) - China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.

      This will be the case until the host nations such as Indonesia have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy projects viable, according to Martin David, Asia-Pacific head of projects practice group at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

    • Coal Ash: Not Just Deadly For Sealife
      Coal Ash Cleanup Allegedly
      Deadly for Tennessee Workers

      Sept. 13, 2019 (LOE.org)-In 2008, the wall of a pond holding a billion gallons of toxic coal ash slurry from a huge coal power plant owned by the TVA in Kingston, Tennessee suddenly collapsed. The spill contaminated 300 acres of land and required a massive cleanup project. Dozens of cleanup workers involved in have died, and hundreds more have fallen ill. Men痴 Journal Senior Editor J.R. Sullivan discusses the fight for justice in the courts by the workers and their families.

      Click now to read or listen to the transcript.

    • G.E.: What Are You Really For?
      GE痴 Climate Hypocrisy:
      Building Coal Plants While
      Touting Clean Energy

      Sept. 9, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-General Electric, which boasts of being a clean energy leader, is quietly doubling down on the dirty energy of the past with plans to equip more than a dozen new coal-fired power plants in countries like Cambodia, Kenya, Poland, Pakistan and Vietnam, a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows.

      These coal power plants would sharply increase carbon pollution, harming public health and leading to hundreds of premature deaths annually from the projects擁f completed. The plants also could destabilize economies and would add billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, worsening the global climate crisis.

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    • Coal Billionaires Have No Conscience
      How One Billionaire
      Could Keep Three Countries
      Hooked on Coal for Decades

      Aug. 15, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-SYDNEY, Australia The vast, untapped coal reserve in northeastern Australia had for years been the object of desire for the Indian industrial giant Adani.

      In June, when the Australian authorities granted the company approval to extract coal from the reserve, they weren稚 just rewarding its lobbying and politicking, they were also opening the door for Adani to realize its grand plan for a coal supply chain that stretches across three countries.

    • PA痴 Largest Coal Plant to Close Down Earlier
      Bruce Mansfield Power
      Plant to Shutter Early

      Aug. 13, 2019 (Allegheny Front) -Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, for years the largest coal plant in Pennsylvania, will be closing even sooner than planned.

      FirstEnergy Solutions announced the plant will close in November, almost two years before its previously-announced retirement date of June, 2021. About 200 people work at the plant. In making the announcement, the company said the plant was closing because of 殿 lack of economic viability in current market conditions.

      In 2018, Akron-based FirstEnergy announced that FirstEnergy Solutions, its power-generating subsidiary, would de-activate the plant, in Shippingport, Beaver County.

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