Utility company: Wyoming has a future beyond coal
“There is understandably angst in our coal communities,” said a representative for PacifiCorp, which is putting $3 billion into windfarms. “But I think there is also a new chapter coming.”
Analysis: In 2020, renewables set to top coal for the first time ever
With the recent closures of Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and Bruce Mansfield Station in Pennsylvania, coal-fired power continues to lose the race against more modern forms of generation.
Wind-powered steel plant in Missouri is a template for regional rejuvenation
“While Appalachia has cheap shale gas driving big new investments, the Great Plains has an unlimited supply of even cleaner cheap wind” bringing “new potential for economic expansion in the Heartland.”
Members of parent co-op in western U.S. are demanding transition
Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which provides power to 43 rural co-ops in four states, is facing a growing mutiny among members tired of paying for high-priced coal-fired generation.
Miners’ fund will take a hit in bankruptcy of biggest private-company coal company
The insolvency of Murray Energy adds to shortfalls at the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. A company executive said the hard-earned benefit for miners is “too heavy of a burden.”
Co-owner of Colstrip Power Plant readies a shutdown nine years ahead of schedule
The company is prepared to for closure of the Montana plant by 2025 under a proposal that would include some community-transition money. The plant is the town’s main economic engine.
Commentary: Navajo government refusal to support coal expansion ‘an act of sovereign responsibility’
Tribal officials acted wisely in protecting Navajo Nation from $400 million in cleanup liabilities associated with the ill-advised acquisition of struggling Powder River Basin coal mines, write the authors.
Midwestern county reaps the rewards of wind-powered generation
Atchison County, Mo.—population 5,200—is a textbook study in how a small community can reap tax revenues, lease payments and jobs by partnering with wind energy companies.
$8.6 plant shutdown settlement in Illinois will support reinvestment
As coal-fired plants continue to close, the retirement of one—E.D. Edwards—will include a community transition package from Vistra Energy that suggests a model for similar situations elsewhere.