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America’s Next Energy Crisis

By Charles McConnell

Forbes

Some disasters arise unexpectedly, like an earthquake or massive storm. Others seem inevitable. Who didn’t see the 2008 financial crisis coming?

In hindsight, most of us.

In reality, most crises that seem inevitable after the fact often catch nearly all of us by surprise when they occur. The factors were obvious enough, but few people saw them coming together.

There’s a potential crisis that will seem predictable, after the fact. It’s better to take thoughtful consideration and positive action now and not say “I told you so” later.

03. August 2017 by Terry Headley
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New Climate “Hero” China Building Hundreds of Coal Plants

By William F. Jasper                                       

The New American

The People’s Republic of China, the undisputed Pollution King of the world, is ramping up its production of coal-fired power plants — not only in China, but in dozens of other countries as well.

But, strangely, China remains the new darling of the climate-change alarm choir. The communist regime, which is notorious for pumping colossal volumes of deadly toxins into the air, water, and land, is being celebrated as the new global environmental champion.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Clean coal has hit a speedbump, but it remains essential

By William F. Shughart II 

Washington Examiner                                                                                                                    

The Kemper County, Miss., power plant, once heralded as the future of clean coal, has become the poster child for its struggles.

Over-budget and mired in technical problems, the Southern Company, Kemper’s builder, recently announced that it’s giving up on the plant’s advanced coal-gasification systems. Instead, the plant will be powered solely by natural gas.

Renewable energy advocates and climate hawks had been expecting the announcement for months and reacted with predictable derision and high-fiving. But their gloating is foolish.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Coal projected to be US’ top generating fuel in 2017: EIA

Houston (Platts)– Coal is projected to provide the majority of US power generation in 2017, retaking the crown from natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. The agency projects coal will fuel 31.3% of the US’ electricity in 2017 compared with 31.1% for gas.
In 2016, gas surpassed coal as the nation’s primary fuel for the first time, totaling 33.8% of generation compared with 30.4% for coal. The agency has projected gas to be the top fuel in 2017 in most of their reports so far this year, including June’s edition, but increasing gas prices as well as higher hydro generation have pushed gas below coal for the first time.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Whitewashing the Impact of Regulations on Coal

By Dan Byers

US Chamber of Commerce

The War on Coal is well and truly over, but a peculiar debate over its impact lingers on. Revisionist history is central to this debate, with some folks now suggesting that the coal industry was never in a two-front struggle against both a regulatory onslaught and cheap natural gas. Instead, they argue, it was a one-front war against natural gas all along. President Obama may have marshalled his regulatory agencies for battle, but who knew they were firing blanks?

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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Cheney bill on federal coal leasing goes before House

Heather Richards

Star Tribune

WASHINGTON – Wyoming’s coal industry has rebounded from the dire circumstances of a year ago, when its three largest companies were in bankruptcy and stockpiles of coal still sat idle at power plants and mine sites across the country.

Those companies have since restructured, wiping away billions in debt in the process.  And the overstock of coal has largely burned down.

Wyoming companies, energy experts and environmentalists agree that a new normal has set in for coal in Wyoming, where companies are operating at lower costs and producing less coal with fewer miners. It is a time for tightening belts and operating efficiently, not expanding.

28. July 2017 by Terry Headley
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New GE Innovation Center to Showcase latest Technologies of Coal-fired Steam Power Plants

 

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.

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31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Wyoming Leaders Look at Investing $1.5 million in Coal Research

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming business leaders are recommending investing a $1.5 million grant in a proposed coal research facility.

The Wyoming Business Council made the recommendation for the grant for a research facility on alternative uses for coal in northeast Wyoming on Thursday.

The area has a coal sector that was hit hard in the industry’s recent downturn. Local and state leaders want to find new ways bring relevancy back to Powder River Basin coal.

The State Loan and Investment Board may approve the grant money at its June 15 meeting. The grant would pay for the cost of the land and construction of a 4,000 square-foot (371.6 square-meter) research lab in Fort Union Industrial Park in Gillette.

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31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Coal is one of America’s Greatest National Treasures

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.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Senior policy adviser tells coal sector EPA is here to help

 By  Taylor Kuykendall

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.

06. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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