Coal industry falters in quest for workable carbon-capture technology
Costly initiatives to develop workable, economic technology to capture carbon from coal-fired generation have come up short as renewable energy and natural gas have made such work all but irrelevant.
Transition preparation as community strategy against corporate fear campaigns
Preparing for economic transition is the best way to head off corporate fear-based campaigns that “companies can hold over communities and workers,” said one speaker at a Montana coal conference.
Shale-energy companies commit $100 million to community-impact programs in New Mexico and Texas
A consortium of 17 companies have pledge $100 million in public-service funding for communities affected by the shale-energy boom. Funds are earmarked for schools, healthcare, roads, housing and business development.
Why coalfield workers are at risk in the short term as well as the long
Commentary: “Coal communities are caught between maintaining the status quo or making a hard shift to a different future. That kind of shift has not always been good for workers.”
Commentary: Indiana utility’s move away from coal is a harbinger of more to come
An Indiana utility’s rapid evolution on energy policy signals broader change on the way: “That this shift happened over the course of just three years is remarkable,” writes one analyst.
Commentary: State officials promise to protect clean-energy expansion
Attorneys general in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia say they will fight Trump administration policies against clean energy expansions that have created hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Department of Energy’s ‘Next-Generation’ coal research appears to be out of touch
The coal industry is trying to catch up to market changes 20 years too late; skeptics say federal “next-generation” coal research is “a far way off from the current reality.”
Report: Reclamation projects open the door for ‘Appalachian New Deal’
Twenty “ready-made” mine reclamation projects in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia still lack crucial federal funding that could create 540 jobs and generate $83 million in local economic activity.
Navajo plant closure underscores risk in lack of local economic diversity
Likely closure of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is laying bare the dangers of relying too heavily on a one-note economy. “There's no comparison” to such jobs, one worker said.