Children of miners are turning to the solar-energy trade
In Delta County, Colo., public education now includes solar-panel installation, part of a sector that is helping fill gaps in an economy damaged by the loss of 900 coal jobs.
Grass-roots intervention on federal spending bill assures miner pension and healthcare protections
The issue was effectively forced by “coal miners who invested their time and energy, year after year, coming to Washington, walking the halls, and fighting for their brothers and sisters.”
Utility-company scandals aren’t likely to slow Illinois power-generation transition
Legislative advocates for the state’s aggressive shift toward a modern energy economy, which will generate tax revenue, lease income, ratepayer benefits and new jobs, vow to press ahead in 2020.
Goldman Sachs says it will put $750 billion into broad transition initiatives
The brand-name Wall Street behemoth is pledging huge investments in “sustainable development” and “inclusive growth finance.” A good part of the initiative appears aimed at supporting changes in electricity-generation markets.
Wind industry makes a major move into Wyoming
The state has approved a $1 billion dual-windfarm project. Most of it will be on private property, generating lease revenue for landowners. Local-preference hiring is part of the deal.
Analysis: Illinois Basin coal is dying out
Mining companies in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky continue to lose domestic and foreign customers and will be entirely out of business inside of 20 years, a new research report concludes.
New Mexico as ground zero in the transition debate
The politics are tangled and the particulars unique. But the debate here distills a bigger question as to what regional coalfield economies can do in the face of fast-unfolding change.
Decline of coal in eastern Virginia is pushing a new generation to relocate
The demographics of Buchanan County are changing as younger workers seek careers elsewhere: “The only age group that has grown in the last two decades is the population over 55.”
Corporate accountability is a growing force
Increasingly, energy companies large and small are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards to protect their investor bases and credit ratings— and to mitigate reputational risk.