As transition proceeds in Germany, an emphasis on coal-miner protections
Germany’s environment minister says the government is committed to ensuring that coal workers are given new job opportunities in the fast-changing energy economy.
Colorado co-op’s move to terminate long-term coal contract mirrors trend across western U.S.
Delta Montrose Electric Association’s exit from a long-term deal with coal-heavy Tri-State Generation & Transmission shows how renewables are “upending the economics of power production in the American West.”
Another setback for Washington State coal-export terminal
A federal judge dealt a “potentially fatal” blow to a proposal to build a $680 million coal-export dock in Longview, Wash. The project has long been on economically fragile footing.
Analysts: Winter to bring no coal-industry reprieve
Fundamental changes in how electricity is generated suggest that industry hopes for a rebound in demand for U.S. coal this winter are most likely unfounded.
Report: Opportunity in Navajo ‘post-coal reclamation’ economy
Land reclamation and site remediation around the coal-fired Navajo Generation Station and Kayenta Mine will require years to complete and likely employ hundreds of former plant and mine workers.
PacifiCorp: Coal-fired generation is losing the race
One of the biggest electricity companies in the western U.S. says that half its 22-plant coal-fired fleet is more expensive to run than what gas- or renewables-powered generation would cost.
In bankruptcy filing, Westmoreland Coal seeks bonuses for its executives
The company, which owns struggling mines in Montana and Wyoming, has asked a bankruptcy court to let it set aside $1.5 million quarterly for executive pay perks as it restructures.
Weak outlook for U.S. coal exports
Speakers at the American Coal Council’s annual coal-trading conference said a slowdown in global economic growth, rising trade tensions, and domestic political uncertainty imperil recent gains in U.S. coal exports.
Lowest annual American coal consumption in 39 years
“Competition from increasingly abundant and affordable natural gas and renewable energy” will drive coal-plant retirements in 2018 as market forces prevail and as further coal-consumption declines are seen in 2019.