Michigan utility’s shift mirrors national trends
Consumers Energy, which has more than 6 million customers, won regulatory approval for plans to invest heavily in renewables while phasing out traditional electricity-generation plants.
IRS inquiry sought in $1 billion annual federal coal credit
Three U.S. senators are calling for an end to taxpayer subsidies for a program that incentives energy companies to burn coal—and that rewards Wall Street for investing in the fading sector.
Questions about Peabody’s commitment to Arizona after 150 Native American miners are let go
As Kayenta Mine prepares for shutdown, concerns locally are that Peabody Energy will jettison more long-timer workers in favor of contract reclamation employees.
Coal sites are being repurposed nationally as going concerns
Data centers and logistic hubs are finding new homes in old digs: “The stress on coalfield communities created by the transition underway in the U.S. electricity industry and globally need not be a one-way street to nowhere.”
After tobacco and textiles, a Virginia town sees economic-development potential in solar
“Companies nowadays, especially tech companies, are looking at communities that have more renewable energy in their portfolio,” said Danville City Manager Ken Larking.
As Northeast modernizes, one state laments not embracing offshore wind industry
While wind-generation companies are pouring money into offshore projects, Maine has missed out as developers have turned to friendlier venues. “They currently are making investments in the United States, but elsewhere,” one consultant said.
In Appalachia, a movement to turn subsistence-farming traditions into bigger business
An agricultural co-op has increased its commercial producer count by fivefold in two years and seen net revenue grow from $65,000 to $225,000. Expectations are that profits will top $500,000 this year.
Chamber of commerce, labor, politicians push for data-conversion center in place of New York coal plant
Coalition members are promoting a $650 million private capital program that would create several hundred jobs and shore up eroding tax bases by repurposing the Somerset power station.
Transition models from around the world
Canada, Scotland and South Africa have established just transition commissions. Germany has won consensus by including “unions, industry associations, coal regions, scientists, local communities and environmental NGOs.”