More laid-off Kentucky miners go unpaid
About 75 workers let go by Perry County Coal have yet to receive final paychecks, and 24 remaining employees haven’t been paid since mid-December. Miners fear precedent has been set.
Plant closures in Arizona, Ohio, and Montana seen as harbingers of more to come
“By all indications, the pain will continue, with the EIA projecting that coal companies will cut production by an additional 100 million tons this year, to about 600 million tons.”
Report: Between two neighboring states, a huge disparity on energy-modernization policy
Minnesota is on a far better footing than Wisconsin, whose “heavy carbon footprint is a liability for our economic future,” one researcher said. “A clean energy economy will bolster prospects.”
Advocates seek to ensure Navajo share in post-coal economy
Tribal communities around the newly closed Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine are encouraging reinvestment in renewables while pushing for local workers to be hired for decommissioning and reclamation jobs.
Pitches to prop up Wyoming coal industry through carbon-capture initiatives are unlikely to deliver
“Market forces are dictating the transition from coal to other resources,” one expert said. “The governor can try to save coal, but the transition is going to be here regardless.”
Department of Agriculture gives a $237 million nudge to rural energy modernization
The Rural Energy for America Program is awarding grants and loan guarantees for “hundreds of projects in all 50 states” in response to a growing appetite for better electrification infrastructure.
Op-ed: Heartland bankers see bottom-line rationale in utility-scale solar
“Solar energy is accelerating in the Great Plains as the technology keeps improving, the economics are better and environmental quality benefits are valued,” writes the leader of a Chicago institute.
Long-shot carbon-capture project in New Mexico faces costly hurdles
A proposal to turn the San Juan Generating Station into a profitable coal-fired power generation model may be technically feasible, but the economics of the project still don’t pencil out.
Report: Industry defunding of black-lung coverage is a subsidy by any other name
A study by the group Taxpayers for Common Sense concludes that a congressionally legislated 50 percent reduction in company payments to miner health benefits is a giveaway to coal-mining companies.