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    Coal Industry News In the Past Year (Latest Stories First)

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    • • Standoff Over W.Va Devotion to Coal Power
      Prices Are Soaring

      ICN

      Nov. 20, 2022 -West Virginia regulators accuse American Electric Power of driving up costs with skimpy use of its coal plants. Others say the high costs of those aging plants are a growing burden to citizens in one of the nation's poorest states.

    • • Vietnam Nears $11 Billion-Plus
      Deal to Shift Economy from Coal
      Decarbonizing Power Sector, Activists Among Last Deal Hurdles

      BCL Logo

      Nov 16, 2022 - Vietnam is set to follow Indonesia and South Africa with a climate financing package of at least $11 billion to shift its economy away from coal and boost the rollout of renewable energy sources.

      Vietnam and its donor countries, led by the European Union and the UK, are aiming to announce the Just Energy Transition Partnership funding deal -- which could total as much as $14 billion -- at the EU-ASEAN summit on Dec. 14, according to people familiar to the matter.

    • • Wealthy Nations Offer Indonesia
      $20 Billion to Curb Coal
      The Most Ambitious Effort Yet By the U.S and European Countries to Persuade a Developing Nation to Abandon the Dirtiest of the Fossil Fuels

      NYT

      Nov 15, 2022 - Indonesia, one of the world痴 largest consumers of coal, pledged to sharply reduce its reliance on the fossil fuel and speed up its transition to renewable power as part of a $20 billion climate finance deal announced on Tuesday with the United States, Japan and other developed countries.

    • • South Africa's Transition From Coal
      It Could Be a Model For Other Countries

      ZME Science

      Nov. 4, 2022 -Ahead of the U.N. climate summit in Egypt, South Africa's president announced a plan today to help the country transition away from coal-fired power plants. South Africa relies on coal for nearly 90% of its electricity. The U.S. is among several wealthy countries trying to help it switch to clean energy. The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports this deal could become a model for helping other countries.

    • • China Is Burning More Coal
      A Growing Climate Challenge

      NYT

      Nov. 3, 2022 -China is poised to take advantage of the global urgency to tackle climate change. It is the world痴 dominant manufacturer and user of solar panels and wind turbines. It leads the world in producing energy from hydroelectric dams and is building more nuclear power plants than any other country.

      But China also burns more coal than the rest of the world combined and has accelerated mining and the construction of coal-fired power plants, driving up the country痴 emissions of energy-related greenhouse gases nearly 6 percent last year, the fastest pace in a decade. And China痴 addiction to coal is likely to endure for years, even decades.

    • • Portugal Just Shut Down
      Its Last Coal-Fired Power Plant
      It's Boldly Moving Towards 80% Renewables by 2026

      ZME Science

      Oct. 21, 2022 -In the small town of Pego, in central Portugal some 120 kilometers (70 miles) away from Lisbon, the smoke stacks and cooling towers of the country痴 longest-lived coal power plant peer towards the sky. But no smoke has been seen emerging from these stacks for one year now. The plan was shut down last November, after more than 30 years of operation.

      It was closed down eight years sooner than planned and just a few months after the Sines coal plant and it was the last coal-fired power plant to operate in the country.

    • • Lululemon Criticized for Using
      Coal-Powered Factories to Make Clothes
      Campaign Raises Complicated
      Questions About Sustainability
      And Consumerism

      TH

      Sep. 16, 2022 - Yoga apparel company lululemon is coming under scrutiny for how its clothes are made. A new campaign says that many of its products come from coal-fired factories in Asia, a fact that is inconsistent with lululemon's claims to be a sustainably-minded and ethical company.

      An open letter to Glenn K. Murphy, chairman of the board, has so far collected 1,698 signatories from 30 countries, all self-identified as either yoga students or teachers. The letter asks that lululemon commit to phasing out coal and sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its entire supply chain by 2030.

    • • Hawaii Says 'Farewell' to Coal
      Hawaii Closes Its
      Last Coal-Fired Power Plant

      NYT

      Sep. 2, 2022 - Hawaii shuttered its last remaining coal-fired power station on Thursday, a major milestone in the state痴 ambitious effort to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

      The station, the AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, in southwest Oahu, provided more than 11 percent of the state痴 electricity in 2021, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    • • Earthjustice Is Suing EPA Over Coal Ash Dumps
      That Leaks Toxins Into Groundwater

      ICN

      Aug. 25, 2022 -Environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to close a gaping loophole in the agency痴 rules regulating the management of coal ash dumps that have leached toxic pollutants into rivers and lakes across the country.

      The environmental advocates identified buried ash from power plants dumped in open pits in nearly 40 states, often with no liner systems to protect groundwater, or dumped in old landfills預ll still unregulated by EPA.

    • • Florida Utility Gets $500K
      Fine, Probation for Fatal Blast
      A 2017 Deadly Explosion at a Coal-Fired Power Plant that Killed Five Workers

      ICN

      Aug. 23, 2022, -The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release Friday that Tampa Electric Co (TECO). also must adhere to a new safety compliance plan. The fine is the maximum allowed for willful Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace rules violations such as this.

      The explosion at TECO痴 Big Bend plant near Tampa happened when an effort was made using high-pressure water to clear a slag byproduct that accumulates in tanks under the coal-fired furnaces. The workers died and several more were injured when they were sprayed with molten slag that came loose.

    • • Louisiana Coal Power Plant Site Closed
      A Solar Farm Replaces It

      RE World

      Aug. 23, 2022, -A Louisiana utility and a New York-based renewable energy company say a big solar farm will be built near a coal-fired Louisiana plant that closed last year.

      Cleco Power and D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC have a long-term agreement under which Shaw Renewable will build a 240-MW solar installation and Cleco will buy power from it, according to a news release.

      Cleco said in federal filings that if the Louisiana Public Service Commission approves the Dolet Hills Solar Project, it hopes the $250 million solar farm will provide power by 2025

    • • Abandoned Mines and Poor Oversight
      Worsened Kentucky Flooding
      Have Strip Mines Playoff a Role?

      NBCNews

      Aug. 6, 2022, -As eastern Kentuckians continue to search for missing loved ones, muck out their homes and prepare for more rain, they are beginning to ask who could be at fault for this past week's deadly flooding and whether it was a natural disaster or one caused by the coal mines that have drastically reshaped and scarred the landscape.

    • • What We Learned About Coal
      Phaseout By Studying 15 Countries
      Many Countries Continue to Invest in this Highly Polluting Energy Source

      CB_Logo

      Aug. 1, 2022, -To understand why it is proving so hard to break up with coal, we worked with an international team of around 35 researchers to investigate the political economy drivers of its continued use.

      We conducted 15 country case studies on what drives coal phaseouts and what holds them back. Drivers include lobbying by powerful interest groups, public demand for what is perceived as a source of cheap energy, or the desire to create jobs and accelerate structural change.

    • • Germany is Firing Up Old Coal Plants
      Sparking Fears Climate Goals
      Will Go Up in Smoke

      Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2022 -The last coal pits around Bexbach closed a decade ago, leaving the power plant puffing plumes of pollutants as a relic of a dying regional industry.

      But now plant equipment is being repaired, contractors have come out of retirement, and manager Michael Lux is faced with a novel prospect: expanding the head count.

    • • 3 Reasons US Coal Power is Disappearing
      A Supreme Court Ruling Won稚 Save It

      The Conversation

      July 28, 2022 -The U.S. coal industry chalked up a rare win this summer when the Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the government痴 ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But that doesn稚 mean coal-fired power plants will make a comeback.

      An economist analyzed the coal industry, including power plant construction and retirement plans. He saw three main reasons U.S. coal plants will continue to close down.

    • • For Residents of Jakarta痴 Port District,
      Coal Is the Neighbor No One Wants
      Residents, Officials and Experts Blame Dust From A Coal Storage Facility in Jakarta痴 Port District For a Spate of Health Problems

      MB News

      July 27, 2022 - Marunda痴 residents say they have been struggling with coal dust permeating the air since 2019, after PT Karya Citra Nusantara began to expand its operation, a key distribution point for coal headed to power plants in and around Jakarta.

    • • New Life For Old Coal Plants
      They Can Help Deliver Renewable Power

      Atlantic

      July 15, 2022 -Across the country, aging and defunct coal-burning power plants are getting new lives as solar, battery and other renewable energy projects, partly because they have a decades-old feature that has become increasingly valuable: They are already wired into the power grid.

    • • Colorado Regulators Approve
      Plan That Phases Out Coal by 2031
      Major Environmental Groups
      are Hailing This Decision

      NRDC

      June 22, 2022, -With a unanimous decision, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Xcel痴 plan to accelerate the end of coal in the state. The updated settlement謡hich was supported by NRDC, Sierra Club, and other parties and approved by the PUC with some modifications擁s a win for the climate, Xcel customers, and coal communities.

      The now-approved plan retires the Comanche 3 coal power plant in Pueblo, Colorado, no later than January 1, 2031, bringing an end to coal in the state.

    • • Dutch Join Germany, Austria, in Reverting to Coal
      Blame the Russian Attack on Ukraine

      France24.com, June 20, 2022 -The Netherlands said it would lift all restrictions on power stations fired by the fossil fuel, which were previously limited to just over a third of output.

      Berlin and Vienna made similar announcements on Sunday as Moscow, facing biting sanctions over Ukraine, cuts gas supplies to energy-starved Europe.

    • • She Spoke Out Against Vietnam痴 Plans for Coal
      Then She Was Arrested

      NYT

      June 17, 2022 -When the Vietnamese government decided in 2016 to cut the use of coal in its next energy plan, it followed the advice of an unusual source: one of the country痴 most prominent environmentalists.

      Nguy Thi Khanh was vocal about what the government had to do: She said it had to cut coal-fired power by 30,000 megawatts equivalent to the capacity of all the coal plants in Texas and Pennsylvania. The government met her more than halfway, agreeing to a reduction of 20,000 megawatts.

      But then...

    • • One Site, 95 Tons of Methane an Hour
      In January, a Satellite Detected 13 Plumes of Methane Coming From the Largest Russian Coal Mine

      NYT

      June 14, 2022 -A remote-sensing satellite has detected one of the largest releases of methane from a single industrial site, an underground coal mine in south-central Russia. The finding is another indication of the scope of the problem of curbing emissions of methane, a potent planet-warming gas.

      Thirteen plumes of the gas were observed at the Raspadskya mine, the largest coal mine in Russia, in late January during a single pass of a satellite operated by GHGSat, a commercial emissions-monitoring firm. The total flow rate from all the plumes was estimated at about 87 metric tons (about 95 U.S. tons) an hour.

    • • Rich Nations May Fork Out
      Billions to Wean Indonesia Off Coal
      Indonesia Seeks Help to Undo Decades of Coal Dependence, Which Still Generates About 60% of Its Electricity

      BCL Logo

      June 7, 2022 -Ever since Indonesia accelerated plans last year to achieve carbon neutrality, a parade of climate envoys from developed nations has headed to the archipelago, offering assistance and financial aid in exchange for a commitment by the world痴 biggest exporter of coal by weight to phase out coal power.

    • • Allegheny County to Coal: Bye Bye!
      Allegheny County痴 Last Coal-Fired Power Plant is Closing

      AF Logo

      Apr. 12, 2022 -The last coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County is closing. Cheswick Generating Station痴 last day of power generation was March 31.

      Their parent company, GenOn, announced it was closing the Springdale, Pa. plant last year, citing market conditions, environmental rules and an inability to compete with other types of generation. It joins hundreds of other coal plants around the country that have been replaced by cheaper power sources, like natural gas and renewables.

    • • Chinese Coal Push Vs. Its Climate Goals
      What Triggered China痴 Recent Coal Policy?

      CB_Logo

      Mar. 29, 2022 -Late last year, following widespread power shortages, China痴 leadership repeatedly emphasized the importance of ensuring energy security a country痴 ability to secure sufficient and affordable energy supplies without interruption.

      Since then, China the world\痴 current largest emitter of CO2 has seen an intense push to increase the production and supply of coal, its main energy source.

    • • There Is Life After Coal
      Some Displaced Coal Miners
      Could Staff EV Battery Plant

      RE World

      Mar. 21, 2022 -A cobalt-free lithium-ion battery manufacturing startup wants to hire displaced coal miners to staff a gigafactory it plans to build in West Virginia.

      Sparkz will partner with the United Mine Workers to recruit and train 350 workers, the company announced. Groundbreaking for the facility is expected sometime this year.

    • • South African Court Orders
      Government to Clean Up Air in Coal Belt
      South Africa痴 Coal Industry, Generates 80% of the Country痴 Electricityl

      REUTERS

      Mar. 18, 2022 -A spokesman for Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said she had noted the ruling by the court would study the judgment before releasing a statement.

      Activists, scientists and doctors have argued that an epidemic of respiratory diseases in the area is a direct result of high levels of air pollution. The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, made a submission in support of the case.

    • • Energy Sector Methane Emissions
      70% Higher Than Official Figures
      Blame it On Coal

      REUTERS

      Feb. 23, 2022 -Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane coming from the global energy sector are 70% higher than officially reported, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday, with the coal sector identified as the biggest single source.

    • • Bitcoin Miners Revived a Dying Coal Plan
      Then CO2 Emissions Soared

      The Guardian

      Feb. 18, 2022 -Environmentalists in Montana called it the 電eath watch. Following years of financial losses one of the handful of remaining coal-fired power plants in the state appeared doomed, its likely fate offering a small but noteworthy victory in the effort to avoid disastrous climate change. But then a bitcoin mining company stepped in to resurrect it.

    • • Australia Waves Goodbye to Its Largest Coal Plant
      China Puts Coal Plants at Full Capacity

      NPR

      Feb. 16, 2022, -Beijing Olympics organizers have repeatedly promised to host the greenest Games ever, aiming at carbon neutrality. But outside of the Olympics, things aren't so green: the central government pledged this week to run China's coal power plants at full capacity to meet energy demands.

    • • China Puts Coal Plants at Full Capacity
    • • Lululemon痴 Olympic
      Challenge to Reduce Its Emissions
      Team Canada痴 Official Clothing
      Supplier, and the Apparel
      Industry at Large, Rely Heavily
      On Coal Power for Manufacturing

      ICN

      Feb. 18, 2022, (Inside Climate News)-As Team Canada prepared to don red Lululemon parkas and march in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, activists visited the Canadian apparel company痴 flagship store in Vancouver to give employees a medal made of coal rather than gold.

    • • Poland Coal Mine Extension Breached EU Law
      The Czech Republic Says it's Damaging its Communities and Environment

      REUTERS

      Feb, 3, 2022 -In the non-binding opinion on Thursday, Priit Pikam臚, advocate general at the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said Poland had breached EU environmental law by extending the life of the mine until 2026 without conducting an environmental impact assessment.

      鄭 single extension by six years of a mining consent constitutes a project requiring an assessment of its environmental effects, the court said in a statement.

    • • What's a Little Mercury Between Friends?
      Quite a Bit, According to Biden
      Administration to Reinstate Mercury
      Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump

      NYT

      Jan, 31, 2022-The Biden administration on Monday reinstated a way of measuring the benefits of reducing air pollution, the first step in a plan that could tighten limits on the amount of mercury that can be discharged from coal-burning power plants.

      Mercury is a neurotoxin that poses a particular danger to the brain development of children and fetuses.

    • • Deadly Colorado Blaze Renews
      Focus on Underground Coal Fires
      Boulder County Authorities Said They池e
      Investigating the Area痴 Abandoned Coal
      Mines as One of Several Possible Causes

      AP Logo

      Jan, 30, 2022 -A fire raging in an underground Colorado coal field in 1883 sent so much smoke pouring from cracks in the ground that the scene was likened to burning volcanoes and the state痴 first mining inspector deemed the blaze 妬mpossible to extinguish.

      Nearly 140 years later two fires still smolder in the now-abandoned coal field near Boulder the same area where a wildfire last month destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings and killed at least one person.

    • • Coal Miners Weren稚 Happy When
      Manchin Derailed Build Back Better
      United Mine Workers Criticized the Senator for Withdrawing His Support From the Legislation

      Jan, 19, 2022, (Sierra Magazine) -When West Virginia senator Joe Manchin III, a well-known coal baron, withdrew support from the Build Back Better agenda, the Biden administration痴 landmark climate and social safety net bill, an influential coal-mining union was quick to respond.

      The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a labor union formed in 1890 to organize coal miners seeking safe working conditions and fair pay, released a statement by international president Cecil E. Roberts on December 20 characterizing the union痴 relationship with Manchin as 斗ong and friendly but expressing disappointment that the bill didn稚 pass.

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    • • EPA to Crack Down on
      Dangerous Coal Ash Storage Ponds
      The Remaining Substance when Coal is
      Burned to Generate Electricity, Contains a
      Toxic Mix of Mercury, Cadmium,
      Arsenic and Other Heavy Metals

      AP Logo

      Jan. 11, 2022, (AP NEWS)-The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites.

      Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds months or years ahead of schedule, the EPA said Tuesday, citing deficiencies with groundwater monitoring, cleanup or other problems.

    • • Coming Soon to This Coal County:
      Solar, in a Big Way
      Martin County痴 Bleak
      Economic Picture Demands It

      NYT

      Jan. 2, 2022 -For a mountain that痴 had its top blown off, the old Martiki coal mine is looking especially winsome these days. With its vast stretches of emerald grass dotted with hay bales and ringed with blue-tinged peaks, and the wild horses and cattle that roam there, it looks less like a shuttered strip mine and more like an ad for organic milk.

      The mountain is poised for another transformation. Hundreds of acres are set to be blanketed with solar panels in the coming year, installed by locals, many of them former miners.

    • • Coal Power Could Reach
      a New Record High in 2021
      Not Exactly the Energy
      Transition the World Needs

      ZME Science

      Dec. 22, 2021 -This year痴 rapid economic recovery has expanded coal power generation around the globe, likely to end the year with a 9% jump, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The U-turn from the declines in coal use seen in 2019 and 2020 threaten the chances of delivering on the emissions reductions amid the climate crisis, IEA said.

    • • Toxic Waters in War-torn Ukraine
      How Not to Phase Out Coal

      DW Logo

      Dec. 21, 2021, (DW News)-Around the world, coal-producing countries are struggling for a just transition away from fossil fuels. But for Donbas in war-torn Ukraine, shuttered mines threaten ecological disaster.

    • • Scotland Bids Coal Plants Adieu
      Scotland痴 Last Coal Plant is No More

      Grist

      Dec. 14, 2021 -Scotland bade a symbolic farewell to coal-fired power generation last week as it demolished the chimney of its last coal plant.

      The 600-foot Longannet chimney was Scotland痴 largest freestanding structure, part of a coal plant that came into operation in 1970. It stopped generating power in 2016, but the chimney remained intact until last Thursday, when Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland\痴 first minister, ceremoniously detonated 1,500 pounds of explosives to bring the structure tumbling down.

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