Germany dedicates $44.5 billion to coalfield reinvestment
A compromise around a long-planned national phaseout of coal-fired electricity has the government spending heavily—and regionally—on transition initiatives aimed at “compensating workers, companies and the four coal-producing states.”
Government outlook sees U.S. coal eclipsed by cheaper renewables for the first time next year
EIA projections give wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass 21.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2021, topping coal’s 20.8 percent—less than half what it was a decade ago.
Western co-op group promises transition assistance as it shifts from coal
In announcing its acceleration of coal-plant closures in Colorado and New Mexico, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association said it would keep the affected 600 workers and their communities in mind.
Virginia lawmakers consider two practical steps toward a new-energy economy
A bill before the Legislature would set aside $35 million for renewable-energy projects on old mine sites. A separate proposal calls for phasing out fossil-fuel-fired power and supporting worker-transition initiatives.
Lakota wind and solar ambitions are models others can follow
Renewables promise a “new cash flow for Indian Country,” an elder said. “We can create our own economies. It’s basically a commodity. We can trade and sell our power.”
Paint-production company sees value in Ohio coal runoffs
Pigments extracted from mine sludge will go into paints sold nationally by Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors. “We’ve created a valuable commodity out of the waste product,” a project activist said.
Iowa: The transition mouse that roared
Iowa, “among the top five energy-consuming states, mainly because of its industry and manufacturing,” is benefitting from its embrace of renewables, which continue to take power- generation market share from coal.
Ohio’s resistance to energy modernization is hurting its economy
Campaigns orchestrated by “traveling anti-wind grifters funded by nonrenewable energy interests” have enabled the legislator to delay power-generation transition, putting the state at a regional disadvantage that undermines its economy.
A game-changing play in Virginia coastal waters
The state is “poised to benefit from the wide-ranging economic benefits” of a 2.64-gigawatt offshore wind initiative that would provide 10 times more generation capacity than the biggest coal plants.