Ohio coal investor endorses Appalachian solar farm
A long-time coal-trading company in Ohio has called for state approval of a Highland County utility-scale solar farm that would create jobs in a region beleaguered the decline of coal.
Report: Coal plants in Illinois have neglected clean-up obligations
As pollution from coal-fired plants continues to taint community water supplies after officials “failed for decades to hold corporations accountable,” the governor-elect must now force utilities to pay for cleanup.
In a sign of the times, Exxon taps wind and solar for Texas oil-patch power
In a state once largely reliant on coal-fired electricity generation, ExxonMobil has signed a 12-year deal for solar and wind power to expand drilling its operations in the Permian Basin.
Op-ed: Calling for local, federal, private- and public-sector teamwork on transition
As energy policies continue to evolve, “The federal government will need to play a role, but so too will states, tribes, local governments, universities, professional societies, and private sector firms.”
Charges of racism and corporate favoritism persist in Alabama coal-cleanup case
A criminal trial has shed light on ties between Birmingham-based Drummond, “an influential coal firm seeking to skirt financial responsibility,” and government officials who have opposed more federal cleanup attention.
Bitterness lingers 50 years after West Virginia mine explosion that killed 78
Citing recently discovered evidence, survivors of miners killed in the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster are suing Murray Energy after company attorneys argued it is too late to press for accountability.
Kentucky prosecutor pursues coal company for $2 million in unpaid county taxes
A prosecutor in Knott County, Ky., has resorted to garnishment proceedings to extract more than $2 million in back taxes sorely needed for public school operations and local government services.
Expiring tax credits put wind power on a trajectory to transcend coal
Soon-to-expire tax credits have done their job, putting wind power on a footing that makes it cheaper than coal-fired electricity and extended its influence from landlocked states to coastal regions.
Calls in congress for a national ‘New Green Deal’
Newly-elected members of Congress are calling for aggressive federal investment in job-creating initiatives that include energy efficiency and weatherization programs, wetlands and soil restoration, sustainable agriculture and renewables-based grid modernization.