‘Warning bells’ across Wyoming’s Powder River Basin
A major regional producer—Cloud Peak Energy—is near bankruptcy while another—BlackJewell LLC—is keeping up with its tax obligations, signals of an industry decline gaining speed.
Report: New Mexico electric co-op’s breakaway move suggests a model for others to follow
In a “David and Goliath battle,” Kit Carson co-op is winning its fight to modernize its business model in a way that supports local job creation and local economic development.
German coal country has become a vacation lake destination
The former coal-mining region of Lusatia is turning into a tourist attraction: “Almost 37,000 acres of land ravaged by mining will eventually become Europe's biggest water playground.”
Navajo government signals move beyond coal and into renewables
In a policy shift, the Navajo Nation government said it would invest heavily in a regional renewable-energy boom. "The opportunity is here, ladies and gentlemen,” President Joseph Nez said. “Let us embrace it.”
Study: Post-coal cleanup economy is feasible in Colstrip
Proper cleanup and waste storage at the Colstrip power complex in Montana would create over 200 long-term jobs and sustain a post-coal economy in the for years to come.
Revitalization through plant repurposing
Repurposing of coal-fired plants in Indiana and Massachusetts suggest a strategy that can keep communities, jobs, and public services from disappearing.
Economic trauma in Ohio after two major plants close
Closures last year of the J.M. Stuart and Killen coal-stations have decimated small-town economies. “The only thing we had going for us, really were the power plants,” said a local sheriff.
Report: ‘We need to prepare’
Researchers in Australia, where a power-generation shift is unfolding similar to the one happening in the U.S., stress the importance of putting “measures in place to ease the transition.”
Cross-spectrum support drives New Mexico adoption of transition law
“An unlikely coalition of backers”—unions, environmentalists and the state’s biggest public utility—helped enact a bill that pushes New Mexico into a new energy era.