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Economic value of Mitchell coal-fired plant to Marshall County under scrutiny as hearings approach
Charleston Gazette-Mail

... compel Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to consider converting the three coal-fired plants -- especially the Mitchell site -- to liquified natural ...

WV's coal economy keeps carbon emissions coming as aging AEP plants near compliance ...
Charleston Gazette-Mail

American Electric Power's Mitchell coal-fired generating facility was among West Virginia's 14 electric power plant sites that combined to emit 62.6 ...

US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

“We need other big emitting countries to step up and also offer some reductions. You can't just keep going along with a coal-fired power plant or with ...

Colorado's coal country searches for “the next thing” to keep communities afloat
Canon City Daily Record

The Colorado communities that have relied on coal find a way to replace billions of dollars in revenue and stave off barren main streets. Paonia High ...

Coal fights for its place in energy mix
The Weekly Times

Two years after taking on the job running the London-based World Coal Association, the Australian is desperate to reframe the debate as the fossil fuel ...

Fossils don't have to be always dirty: World coal boss
The Zimbabwe Standard

Chairman of the World Coal Association (WCA) and the recently-appointed CEO of the new and soon-to-be-listed Thungela Resources, July Ndlovu, ...

Australian coal miners flag finance, insurance difficulties
The Straits Times

Coal exports are expected to be worth A$38 billion (S$39.1 billion) this financial year, according to government figures. The coal miners argued that ...

More than a year into the pandemic, no new MSHA safety standards regulated

Everything other than coal mining is classified metal/non metal — and Perlmutter said where Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) — the ...

Coal industry sees relevance in tech embraced by Paris climate agreement

The coal industry is betting it can survive the decarbonization of electricity and industry and keep fossil fuels in the mix by leaning on carbon-capture ...

Consumers' Counsel Wants HB6 Coal Plant Subsidies Repealed

"The House Bill 6 subsidies have worsened the coal plants' response to the market by removing the market's discipline for increasing efficiencies or ...

Coal transported to the US electric power sector declined by 22% in 2020
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

U.S. coal shipments were down 22% in 2020 from 2019 levels, driven by lower overall electricity demand due to responses to the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian 2021 coal production forecast jumps on improved Q1 output
S&P Global

IB coal is now expected to total 75 million st and NAPP 90 million st this year. These increases are due to stronger demand (domestic and export) as well ...

Column: Rising US gas prices will encourage more coal burning: Kemp

By contrast, coal units are expected to boost their generation share to 26%, up from 22% in 2020 (“EIA forecasts less natural gas-fired generation this ...

Weekly US coal train loadings average 74.2 trains/d, up 18.3 trains on year
S&P Global

Weekly US coal train loadings averaged 74.2 trains/day, down 1.4 trains from the previous week and up 18.3 trains from the previous year, Surface ...

Merkel rejects bringing forward Germany's exit from coal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday rejected demands to bring forward an exit date for ending coal generation in Germany, currently set at ...

Japan's Mizuho to stop financing coal mining as calls for emission cuts rise
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

T, Japan's third largest bank by assets, said on Thursday it would stop financing new thermal coal mining projects from June 1, as global investors and ...

Mining sector to play a critical role in global economic recovery
VENTS Magazine

Especially, the mining sector of Australia has become a major exporter of natural resources, with coal mining leading the way. The sector is likely to ...

Safety, Sustainability & Efficiency
Mining Global - Mining News, Magazine and Website

Many of the same use cases of smart mining technology mentioned above not only improve mine safety, but also help to reduce operational costs.

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