A Washington State template that could work for Colstrip
The coal-plant town of Centralia is changing with the help of a $55 million state transition fund. Montana would do well to consider a similar policy model, one advocate says.
Study: Trillions of American energy industry dollars have gone green
“Just look at the data … ‘If we’re going to support the economy and make it grow and have lots of employment, this is where I need to invest.’”
Indiana utility pushes forward with plan to cease coal-fired power production
NIPSCO, which has almost a half-million electricity customers, has issued an RFP for one of the biggest utility-scale solar propositions in the country.
Commentary: Germany leads U.S. on transition planning
“As activists, lawmakers, and communities grapple with how to handle the economic, environmental, and social changes, many are asking how we ensure that transition is just,” the author writes.
As American coal companies fail, a call for federal protection of miners’ benefits
Democrats from several states are standing by unions in pushing for congressional action to shore up the flagging Miners’ Pension Fund, which provides insurance and retirement benefits for 80,000.
Colorado steel mill ‘that helped build the American West’ will run now on renewables
The Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel plant will soon be powered mostly by utility-scale solar as industries along the Front Range retrofit for the new energy economy.
Report: Coal-fired power generation in freefall across southeast U.S.
“The future for coal in the region is one of continuing decline, if not complete obsolescence,” concludes researches who find a nine-state region engulfed by a most likely irreversible trend.
Skeptics: Job retraining alone won’t get the job done
Reinvestment in infrastructure—broadband included—can help coalfield economies evolve in a way that doesn’t leave workers behind. Healthcare and education also offer job force opportunities that cannot be outsourced.
Commentary: Utility giant’s six-state transition strategy will create national ripples
PacifiCorp is setting the industry pace in a shift toward solar and battery storage, a strategy likely to influence electricity-production companies across the board.