Utility company makes the economic argument for closing more coal plants
PacifiCorp, which has 1.9 million customers in six states, says it would save $599 million by adopting a transition plan that would include early retirement of four Wyoming coal-fired plants.
Analysis: Business case weakens for Navajo proposal to buy Montana-Wyoming mines
National and regional trends in energy markets combined with declines in Cloud Peak Energy’s customer base suggest that the bankrupt company’s three mines aren’t a good tribal investment.
Bipartisan congressional support in Pennsylvania for federal mine-cleanup investment
The bill to reauthorize a fund scheduled to close in 2021 is being described by one of the sponsors as “vital for many communities in my district and around the country.”
Indiana’s embrace of wind power suggests more to come
Historically coal-reliant Indiana has taken increasingly to wind power, with 1,000 turbines on 16 farms that produce enough electricity to power 1,000 homes, indicating “immense potential” for the industry statewide.
How false promises betrayed Appalachian miners
“Instead of investing money into an economic transition for workers who were losing their way of life, the president and his administration had exploited the miners’ pain.”
PacifiCorp has a Wyoming transition plan: Close coal, bring on wind, solar and storage
“The good news is they’re talking about a lot of investment. While these won’t be replacing all of those (coal) jobs, they definitely are going to have an impact.”
Windfarm boom in South Dakota brings jobs, lease income, tax revenue
Just one of eight new windfarms in the state will generate $2 million annually for landowners, create up to 20 full-time jobs, and generate $36 million in tax revenues over 20 years.
Op-ed: Solar-development tax extension for coalfield communities
A four-year extension, through 2024, would help drive new utility-scale solar projects on abandoned plant and mine sites across the country.
Lost coal revenues push Boone County, West Virginia, to cut staff
Commissioners have mandated that county payrolls be reduced immediately by $1 million in the second recent rounds of layoffs. More cutbacks are expected as coal revenue dries up.