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By CHARLES BOOTHE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. — A Bluefield, WV engineering firm has received a $1 million federal grant for a research project. Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A) was awarded the grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), said Steve Keim, senior vice presidentof MM&A. Keim said the grant will be used to study rare earth elements in coal and coal ash.
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States, China and India, the world’s largest coal users, have increased coal mining this year by 6 percent following 2016’s record global decline.
Among the three counties, production through May is up by at least 121 million tons compared to the same period last year, according to data reviewed by The Associated Press. The change is most dramatic in the United States where production is up 19 percent within just the first five months of 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
By Michael Bastach
(Daily Caller) — A new study published by seasoned researchers takes aim at the heart of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to issue regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
The study claims to have “proven that it is all but certain that EPA’s basic claim that CO2 is a pollutant is totally false,” according to a press statement put out by Drs. Jim Wallace, John Christy and Joe D’Aleo.
Wallace, Christy and D’Aleo — a statistician, a climatologist and meteorologist, respectively — released a study claiming to invalidate EPA’s 2009 endangerment finding, which allowed the agency to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.
(RealClearEnergy) — The federal government has a long history of meddling in the U.S. energy market. For almost 100 years, the government has provided tax incentives, subsidies, federal electricity programs, loans, loan guarantees, and funding for research and development to promote the efficient use and production of domestic energy resources.
By JEFF MCDONALD, S&P Global
ORLANDO (MAY 05, 2017) — Coal’s status as a baseload fuel has diminished as it competes economically with natural gas and other fuels, but government subsidies of renewables also are playing a part in reduced consumption, a Dynegy Inc. executive said.
U.S. coal consumption, which topped 900 million tons for 21 straight years beginning in 1990, dropped to 678 million tons in 2016 and could drop by 50 million tons or more in future years as structural changes take hold, Rob Hardman, vice president of fuel supply for the Houston-based utility, said May 4 at the Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Corsa Coal’s Acosta Deep mine in Pennsylvania, to open in June, will create about 600 jobs
A new US coal mine, scheduled to begin production next month, is lifting the spirits of an industry still hurting from the impact of low commodity prices and steep competition from other energy sources, which have triggered massive bankruptcies and closures in the past five years.
Once a full tilt, the mine will produce 400,000 tonnes of metallurgical coal a year for US and Chinese steel companies.
KING GEORGE, VA. (COAL AGE) —GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced plans to convert its 242 MW coal-fired Birchwood Power facility in King George, Virginia, US into a Steam Plant Services Innovation Center.
The center, which provides sufficient electricity to power more than 240,000 homes, is to become a showcase for how the latest GE technologies can greatly increase the efficiency and flexibility of coal-fired steam power plants, while also reducing emissions.
By Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Wyoming is America’s largest coal producing state, mining close to 40 percent of the coal consumed by our nation every year. Common estimates give Wyoming close to 145 billion tons of recoverable coal and 1.4 trillion tons in total coal reserves. This coal is a national treasure.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argued Wednesday that using coal for electricity is necessary for the reliability of the electric grid.
Speaking on Fox Business’s “Varney & Co.,” Scott Pruitt warned of the problems of relying too heavily on natural gas, which has increased in use over the last decade as coal has fallen.
Pruitt argued in part that cybersecurity concerns should inspire the country to maintain coal as a significant fuel source.
“Utility companies across this country need fuel diversity. You need solid hydrocarbons on-site that you can store, so when peak demand rises, you’ve got solid hydrocarbons to draw on,” Pruitt told host Charles Payne.
A coal sector that has spent much of the past eight years criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration welcomed an official with the Trump administration at an industry event May 4.
EPA Senior Policy Adviser Mandy Gunasekara said she came to the Eastern Fuel Buyers conference, hosted at the Disney Yacht Club in Orlando, Fla., to answer “eight years of questions” and gather information to take back to Washington, D.C.