Analysis: Green New Deal is ‘an economic document at heart’
“This is an economic document at its heart, one that forecasts how the economy is going to need to change and establishing a path for fixing many of the problems that have accompanied past economic transitions.”
Legislators in Montana grapple with fate of Colstrip and similar communities
Some lawmakers support a coal-production tax increase to support transition in communities like Colstrip. Others see it is an industry killer. All agree that Montana coal mining is in decline.
No mention of coal in State of the Union speech
“While Trump reiterated his support of the industry during last year’s address, pushing the benefits of ‘beautiful, clean coal,’ he notably failed to mention the energy source once this year.”
Coalition backs New Mexico bill to fund community transition and offset utility’s losses in shutdown of San Juan Generating Station
The governor, the utility industry, and environmentalists support a bill to “give a softer landing to San Juan County, both for the workers and the loss of tax revenue," one advocate said.
Two of the fastest job-growth sectors: solar and wind
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other federal agencies indicate that the renewable energy sector is creating the fastest-growing job categories in several states.
In ‘value over volume’ pivot, Peabody sees production downturn at largest U.S. mine and closure of Kayenta in Arizona
Peabody Energy expects a 10-ton production reduction at the North Antelope Rochelle mine this year, down from 98 million tons, and the company says it will close Kayenta mine in Arizona.
Germany’s transition: ‘Responsibility for society as a whole’
Angela Merkel’s government has endorsed a “coal exit commission” plan to accelerate a transition from coal-fired generation in a way that protects workers and shows “responsibility for society as a whole.”
Hazard, Kentucky: Retooling for a post-coal economy
At the vanguard of a regional push for a “post-coal Appalachia,” the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development seeks a paradigm that is “more sustainable, more diverse, more equitable and more resilient.”
California bankruptcy seen as partly driven by outdated market model
PG&E’s bankruptcy was fanned by more than wildfires: “The traditional business model of electric utilities is under siege as homeowners, corporations and new community groups seek to generate or purchase power for themselves.”