Commentary: ‘Potentially a great leap forward’
State lawmakers have finally opened the door to the solar industry, and in West Virginia, Coalfield Development Corporation is among several groups working to repurpose former coalfield sites as utility-scale hubs.
Navajo coal company faces more hurdles in Powder River Basin
NTEC waived its “sovereign immunity” from Montana state regulations but still hasn’t been able to secure $400 million in cleanup bonding and hasn’t acquired the federal land leases it needs.
Virginia joins the offshore wind-industry race
The state is vying aggressively for taking the lead in the buildout of thousands of megawatts of offshore wind-power production. A turbine blade factory may also be in the works.
Report: Coal-fired power’s days are numbered
“By 2030 at the latest, it will be cheaper to build new wind or solar capacity than continue operating coal in all markets,” concludes a study on fast-moving market trends.
‘Realities of the market’ portend more layoffs in Wyoming
“This is not driven by the performance of our employees, but rather the realities of the market,” a Kiewett representative said. The news follows bankruptcies by Cloud Peak and Blackjewel.
‘A thoughtful, fair, compassionate transition for communities and workers’
In the news lately for its existential downturn, Craig, Colo., has a skilled workforce, rail infrastructure, world-class scenery, and an enviable quality of life. But no plan for the future.
Illinois advocates press for more career-development funding
Economic-diversification proponents continue to promote passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would increase state investment in a program eight-fold, to $25 million, and create 13 new “jobs hubs.”
A call for passage of federal legislation mandating coal-company reinvestment
"From revitalizing our mine-scarred lands to taking care of the people who use to work in them, we still have a lot of challenges ahead of us,” one congressman said.
The case for utility-company reinvestment in Arizona’s coalfield communities
“Reinvestment—through utility-scale renewable power projects, infrastructure development, worker retraining, education, and other meaningful initiatives—is easily in the best interest of Arizona as a whole,” concludes a new study.