Commentary: Keeping workers and communities in mind
The transition to a stronger and greener economy must happen “in such a way that grows family-sustaining jobs and makes our communities healthier and more resilient.”
Commodity giant Glencore’s move to cap coal output seen as a global market moment
Embracing a shift away from coal-fired power generation, Glencore’s announcement, which comes under investor pressure, “is the clearest sign yet that the movement is sweeping the natural resources industry.”
Westmoreland gets the go-ahead to drop retiree benefits and terminate union contract
A bankruptcy judge said Westmoreland Coal can proceed with a plan to eliminate healthcare benefits for retirees and do away with a union contract at its Kemmerer, Wyo., mine.
Montana-Dakota will close two more coal-fired plants
As part of a growing national wave of coal-plant retirements, Montana-Dakota Utilities’ closings will include a 54-year-old plant encumbered by uncompetitive operating and maintenance costs.
Commentary: Building a bigger destination economy in western Virginia
“Among the burgeoning hotels, outfitters, breweries and restaurants of St. Paul, one can see a glimpse of a possible future as local residents build a new economy upon the remains of the old.”
Utilities are driving the market shift from coal to solar
“Every new project like these that comes online highlights the broad potential of solar-plus-storage and chips away at the fossil industry narrative that renewable energy isn’t reliable or cost-effective.”
Coalfield communities seek policy redress in energy transition
“The fact that coal isn’t coming back doesn’t mean that Appalachia has no future,” said Brandon Dennis, CEO of Coalfield Development Corporation, one of several community advocates who spoke to a congressional panel last week.
Commentary: ‘Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice’
A call for energy companies “to repair the damage they’ve done, to make amends for historical land and resource theft, and to patch up the economic hole their departure leaves.”
TVA votes to close two failing coal plants in Kentucky
Tennessee Valley Authority directors voted 6-1 to close two money-losing plants even though President Trump had pressed for a different outcome. “This decision is about economics,” said the TVA’s CEO.